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La Salle vs Massachusetts Pick & Preview: Wednesday, January 11th Betting Odds

Explorers vs Minutemen Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: La Salle Explorers at Massachusetts Minutemen
  • Where: Amherst at William D. Mullins Memorial Center
  • Date: Wednesday, January 11th
  • Betting Odds: La Salle +8.5, LASAL +311 | UMASS -416 O/U 144.5

Explorers Preview:

La Salle will take the floor against the Minutemen with an overall record of 7-8. On the road, the Explorers will be playing their 7th game of the season, having gone 2-5. So far, the Explorers have been the underdog 7 times, going 1-6 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +8.5 underdogs on the spread.

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La Salle’s leading scorer this season is Khalil Brantley, who is averaging 15.08 points per contest. So far, Brantley has accounted for 19.01% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.77 rebounds per game and 3.85 assists. Josh Nickelberry is the second leading scorer for the Explorers, averaging 11.47 points per game. Between him and Nickelberry, they are accounting for 35.7% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for La Salle this season, as they are currently ranked 314th in college basketball at 67.5 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Explorers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.0%, placing them 365th in the NCAA.

Minutemen Preview:

Through 15 games, the Massachusetts Minutemen have an overall record of 10-5. Currently, the Minutemen have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 6-3. The Minutemen’s are sitting with a betting line that is -8.5 points in their favor. For the season, Massachusetts has been favored to win in 10 games, sitting with a mark of 7-3.

Matt Cross comes into today’s game as the Minutemen’s leading scorer at 10.71 points per contest. Not only has Cross been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Massachusetts’ top rebounder at 6.14 boards per contest. Behind Cross, the team has benefited from the strong play of T.J Weeks, who is second on the team in scoring at 9.07 points per game. Overall, he has hit 42.5% of his shots and is adding 4.2 boards per game.

So far this season, Massachusetts has put together a strong scoring offense at 75.7 points per game (67th). This strong figure has come despite the Minutemen playing at a slow tempo compared to other schools. For the season, they have hit 37.0% of their shots from outside, which is closer to the NCAA average. Massachusetts’ overall field goal percentage currently sits at 43.3%

Free Spread Prediction: La Salle Explorers +8.5

The Massachusetts Minutemen will start their matchup against La Salle Explorers as the strong favorites to pick up the win with a point spread of -8.5. We like Massachusetts’ chances to pull home with an easy win and cover the spread. When considering how each team likes to play, both Massachusetts and La Salle are near the NCAA average in possessions per game. We like how this scenario works in Massachusetts’ favor, as their superior talent should come through throughout the game in an easy win. Although the Minutemen don’t have a great track record vs the spread as the betting favorite, going 2-3 (last 5), we like their chances to come home with the ATS win.

 


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