Looking to win big? The Billikens and Explorers face off at 6:30 ET on ESPN+. The Explorers are hosting the game at Tom Gola Arena in Philadelphia, PA. The over/under for this Atlantic 10 conference contest is set at 148 points, with La Salle being favored by -3.5 at home against Saint Louis.

SAINT LOUIS BILLIKENS VS LA SALLE EXPLORERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: La Salle Explorers -3.5

This game will be played at Tom Gola Arena at 6:30 ET on Wednesday, February 7th.

WHY BET THE LA SALLE EXPLORERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Explorers.
  • Not only will La Salle pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -3.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 148 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Will the Billikens Defense Show Up in Philadelphia?

With a record of 8-14, Saint Louis is currently on a six-game losing streak and has gone just 1-8 in conference play compared to 7-6 in non-conference games. The Billikens have struggled on the road, going 1-7, and their average margin of defeat is -12.9 points per game.

As the underdog, Saint Louis has gone 3-11 this season, and they are currently on a seven-game losing streak away from home. In their most recent game, they fell to Fordham by a score of 67-65.

As the underdog this season, Saint Louis has gone 6-8 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Billikens have an ATS mark of 5-5. On the road, their ATS record is currently 3-5 this year and they are just 1-4 vs. the spread in their last 5 road games. Overall, their ATS record for the season is 8-13.

This season, the over/under record for Saint Louis games is 11-9-1. So far, the average scoring total in their games is 147.7 points, which is slightly higher than the average OU line of 147.1. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 142 points, and their OU record during that span is 0-2-1. In their last 10 games, the average scoring total is 147 points, and their OU record during that span is 5-4-1.

Compared to their season average of 71.7 points per game, Saint Louis struggled in their previous game. Against Fordham, the Billikens scored 65 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 47.2%. In terms of three-point shooting, the Billikens offense has been good from outside, hitting 36% of their three-pointers on an average of 20.6 attempts per game. Their overall field goal percentage is currently 43%.

The Billikens’ defense is presently ranked 271st nationally, allowing an average of 76.9 points per contest. Against Fordham, the Billikens’ defense gave up 67 points and did a good job not fouling. For the game, Fordham only made 7 free-throws.

Can the Explorers Grab a Win at Home?

La Salle has been much better at home this season, going 8-5 compared to 3-6 on the road. Their average scoring margin at home is +5.2, compared to -5.6 on the road. They have lost five straight games at home, and their record in the Atlantic 10 is just 2-7.

Overall, La Salle is 11-11 this season, and they have lost two straight games. They are 7-1 when favored, and they have been favored in eight of their 22 games. In their last game, they lost to Saint Joseph’s by a score of 88-82.

La Salle has struggled against the spread at home this season, going just 5-8. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Explorers are just 5-5 vs. the spread.

La Salle’s over/under record for the season sits at 10-12 and today’s line of 148 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (144.3). On the year, 12 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, their over/under record is 1-2 with an average scoring total of 153. For the season, the average scoring total in their games is 147.6.

In their latest game, La Salle offense put up 82 points against Saint Joseph’s. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 40.6% and made 14 threes. Leading the team in scoring is Khalil Brantley, who is averaging 15.1 heading into today’s matchup. Additionally, Jhamir Brickus also maintains a PPG average of 14.8 heading into game.

On defense, La Salle is currently around the NCAA average in points allowed, giving up an average of 73.4 points per game. La Salle’s three-point defense is currently 87th in the country at 6.6 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 43.2% of their shots vs. La Salle.