Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Hawks and Explorers. The game is starting at 12:00 ET on ESPNU, and it’s hosted by the Explorers at Tom Gola Arena in Philadelphia, PA. Get ready to place your bets! Saint Joseph’s is favored by -4 in this Atlantic 10 conference matchup the against La Salle. The over/under for the game is set at 147.5 points.
SAINT JOSEPH’S HAWKS VS LA SALLE EXPLORERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: La Salle Explorers +4
This game will be played at Tom Gola Arena at 12:00 ET on Saturday, February 3rd.
WHY BET THE LA SALLE EXPLORERS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-68 in favor of the Explorers.
- Not only will La Salle pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +4.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 147.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 142 points.
Does Saint Joseph’s Have What it Takes on the Road?
Despite being just 3-5 on the road this season, Saint Joseph’s comes in as the favorite once again, this time by four points. Their average scoring margin on the road is -2.2, but they have been much better at home, going 11-2 with an average scoring margin of +14.3.
Coming into today’s game, the Hawks have gone 4-6 in their last 10 road games, and their record for the season is 14-7. They have gone 12-4 when favored this season and are 4-4 in Atlantic 10 games.
As the favorite this season, Saint Joseph’s ATS mark is 9-7. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Hawks have gone 5-5 vs. the spread.
So far this season, the over/under record for Saint Joseph’s games is 11-9-1. Today’s over/under line of 147.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games this year (146.2). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 155 points, and their over/under record across their last 10 games is 8-2.
In their recent game, the Hawks’ offense concluded with 75 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 77.4 points per contest. The Saint Joseph’s offense has been looking to get up shots from outside so far this season, averaging 28.3 three-point attempts per contest. Overall, they have connected on 37% of their looks from outside this season.
At this time, the Hawks’ defense is positioned 113rd in the country, permitting 69.4 points per game. Saint Joseph’s’ defense is coming off a game in which they allowed the George Mason offense to knock down 50% of their shots on their way to putting up 73 points.
Do the Explorers Stand a Chance at Home?
La Salle will be the underdog in this game, as they are getting 4 points. They have gone 4-9 this season when they are the underdog.
At home, the Explorers have gone 8-4 this season, and they have gone 6-4 in their last 10 games at home. Their average scoring margin at home is +6.1 points per game.
As the underdog, La Salle has gone 6-7 vs. the spread this season and is 10-11 overall. At home, the Explorers are 5-7 ATS this year and just 1-4 in their last 5 games vs. the spread at home.
La Salle’s over/under record for the season is 9-12 and their games have had an average of 146.5 points. Today’s over/under line of 147.5 is higher than the average OU line in their games this year (144.1). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 136 points and their over/under record during this stretch is 0-3.
The Explorers’ offense finished with 69 points in their previous game, mirroring their current average of 73.8 points per contest. The team’s top scorer is Khalil Brantley, who comes into today’s matchup with an average of 15.1, while Jhamir Brickus also maintains a PPG average of 14.4 leading up to the game.
Coming into today’s game, the La Salle defense is giving up an average of 72.7 points per contest. In today’s game, the La Salle defense will be looking to once again do a good job defending the three-point line, as they gave up just 5 three-pointers while giving up 71 points.