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Where: Tom Gola Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
When: Saturday January 12, 2019 6:00 pm Eastern
We have an Atlantic 10 Conference matchup before us when the Saint Louis Billikens travel to Philly for a conference contest with the La Salle Explorers. Saint Louis is 2-0 in conference play whereas La Salle is currently 1-1 in the A-10 so far this season.
Saint Louis Starts With Defense
This will be the Billikens first conference road game of the season and have a successful homestand with victories over Rhode Island and defeating UMass by a score of 65-62. Sophomore forward Hasahn French scored 25 points, six rebounds and three blocks and senior guard Tremaine Isabell Jr finished with 17 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Saint Louis shot a horrible 39 percent from the field, just 11 percent from beyond the arc and 63 percent from the charity stripe in their victory over UMass.
— SLU Men's Basketball (@SaintLouisMBB) January 10, 2019
The Billikens aren’t reporting any injuries for Saturdays game with the Explorers.
Saint Louis scores an average of 67 points and allows an average of 62 points per game. The Billikens are shooting 41 percent from the field, 30 percent from long range and 59 percent from the free throw line. Saint Louis averages a total of 39 rebounds, 13 assists and 14 turnovers per game this season.
La Salle is 1-1 in Conference Play
La Salle is 3-11 overall and have a 1-1 record so far in conference play. The Explorers knocked off UMass 69-60 and in their first conference loss of the season, the Explores were defeated on the road by VCU by a score of 69-63. Senior guard Pookie Powell finished with 15 points and five steals and junior guard Isiah Deas also scored 15 points and grabbed four rebounds. La Salle shot just 35 percent from the field, 25 percent from three point land and 80 percent from the charity stripe in the Explorers six point road loss to VCU.
PREVIEW | Back in action at Gola Arena for the first time in nearly a month as we host preseason @A10MBB favorite Saint Louis!
— La Salle Men’s Basketball (@LaSalleMBB) January 11, 2019
La Salle isn’t listing any injuries for Saturday’s game with the Billikens.
The Explorers score an average of 70 points and allow an average of 77 points per game this season. La Salle is shooting 40 percent from the field, 31 percent from long range and 79 percent from the charity stripe. The Explorers average 33 rebounds, 12 assists and 15 turnovers per game this season.
- Billikens are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
- Under is 5-0 in Explorers last 5 overall.
- Under is 5-1 in Explorers last 6 vs. Atlantic 10.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Neither offense is setting the world on fire but what is smoking is the Billikens defense, that according to KenPom, is top 20 in the country. And that’s how Saint Louis wins games and they should win this game and manges to cover through their transition game, I will play the Billikens to cover on Saturday.
Prediction: Saint Louis -4 Points
Full-Game Total Pick
La Salle already has trouble enough scoring points, but they will have their work cut out for them when they face the Billikens defense on Saturday. Saint Louis also has trouble scoring against anyone, and I would be surprised to see this game hit 130 points. I will be playing the under on Saturday.
Prediction: Under 134.5 Points