La Salle vs. Saint Louis - 12/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Saint Louis Billikens (7-6) at La Salle Explorers (6-7)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 2:00 pm (Tom Gola Arena)
The Line: La Salle Explorers -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Saint Louis Billikens will travel to Tom Gola Arena to take on the La Salle Explorers this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Saint Louis Billikens won their 2nd straight game and improved to 7-6 on the season after defeating the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks, 78-48, on December 22nd. Saint Louis dominated on the defensive end throughout the game and pulled away after taking a 59-34 lead with 10:11 left in regulation. Saint Louis held the Redhawks to just 32.1% from the field and 23.8% (5-21) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Billikens was Davell Roby who had 23 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Saint Louis is averaging 65.8 ppg on 41.6% shooting from the field. The Billikens are averaging 5.4 three-pointers per game on 29.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Saint Louis has been led by Javon Bass (13.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.5 spg), Jordan Goodwin (11.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 3.8 apg, 2.2 spg), Davell Roby (10.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.7 apg), and Hasahn French (7.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.5 apg, 2.2 bpg). Defensively, Saint Louis is holding their opponents to an average of 65.2 ppg on 41.6% shooting from the field.
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The La Salle Explorers dropped to 6-7 on the season after being defeated by the Bucknell Bison, 88-81, on December 22nd. La Salle trailed by a 41-34 margin at halftime and couldn’t fight back after Bucknell took a 82-66 lead with 3:50 left in regulation. La Salle allowed Bucknell to shoot 54.7% from the field and was outrebounded by the Bison by a 38-31 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Explorers was Pookie Powell who had 29 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. On the season, La Salle is averaging 70.5 ppg on 42.3% shooting from the field. The Explorers are averaging 7.4 three-pointers per game on 32.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, La Salle has been led by B.J. Johnson (21.8 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 1.3 spg), Pookie Powell (17.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.2 apg), Isiah Deas (9.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg), and Amar Stukes (6.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.2 spg). Defensively, La Salle is allowing their opponents to average 71.6 ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field. The Explorers have a rebound margin of -1.8 and a turnover margin of 2.2.
The Billikens are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 road games. The Explorers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games.
Saint Louis has won 4 of their last 6 games and although their offense can struggle putting points up on the board as they rank just 330th in scoring offense, the Billikens have a solid defense that ranks 43rd in scoring defense and 99th in defensive FG%. La Salle has lost 4 of their last 6 games and has been nothing more than average this season as the Explorers rank just 272nd in scoring offense and 289th in FG%. Saint Louis has been great ATS on the road as of late and as I think the Billikens defense will gave La Salle some trouble, I think Saint Louis will do enough to cover with the points.