Betting on today’s Texans and Lions game? Catch the action at Gersten Pavilion in Los Angeles, CA, as the Lions hosts this showdown at 10:00 ET on ESPN+. This non-conference matchup has an over/under of 134.5 points, and the Lions are favored to win at home vs. the Texans.
TARLETON STATE TEXANS VS LOYOLA MARYMOUNT LIONS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Loyola Marymount Lions -5.5
This game will be played at Gersten Pavilion at 10:00 ET on Friday, December 29th.
WHY BET THE LOYOLA MARYMOUNT LIONS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 86-62 in favor of the Lions.
- Not only will Loyola Marymount pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -5.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 134.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 148 points.
Will Tarleton State Secure A Victory as Road Underdogs?
Tarleton State has a record of 8-4 this season and will be playing their 13th game. Looking at their last ten road games, Tarleton State has gone 3-7. Tarleton State’s ATS performance shows a 5-3 record heading into today’s game. This includes a 3-2 record vs. the spread on the road and a 2-1 record at home.
So far, Tarleton State’s games have averaged 130.9 points per game with the average over/under line being 136.6 points. When looking at the Texans’ last three games, their over/under record is 0-2, with their games averaging 123 points per game.
Against Tennessee, the Tarleton State had a tough time putting up points compared to their season average of 70.2 points per game. They scored 46 points and posted a field goal percentage of 30% in the game. Jakorie Smith is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 14.2. Meanwhile, Kiandre Gaddy also brings a PPG average of 12.4 into the game.
At this time, the Texans’ defense is positioned 30th in the country, permitting 62.8 points per game. Tarleton State’s three-point defense is currently 39th in the country at 5.2 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 34.3% of their shots vs. Tarleton State.
Will Loyola Marymount Find a Way to Win at Home?
After defeating UNLV by a score of 78-75, Loyola Marymount now has a record of 7-6. This season, all of the Lions’ games have been played on the road. Loyola Marymount’s record vs. the spread heading into today’s game stands at 4-6. In their last five games, they have gone 2-3 vs. the spread.
Up to this point, games involving Loyola Marymount have had an average of 147.2 points per game, with the average over/under line set at 148 points. Their over/under record is 6-4-0. The Lions’ last five games have culminated with an average of 136 points per game and an over/under record of 1-4.
In their most recent game, the Lions’ offense tallied 78 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 75.3 points per game. Offensively, the Lions hold a season-long field goal percentage of 44%, placing them 212nd in the national rankings. When it comes to three-pointers, they are ranked 104th in terms of percentage and 50th in three-pointers made.
At this time, the Lions’ defense is positioned 105th in the country, permitting 68.3 points per game. Loyola Marymount’s three-point defense is currently 36th in the country at 4.9 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 44.4% of their shots vs. Loyola Marymount.