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La Salle vs Rhode Island Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 28th Betting Odds
Explorers vs Rams Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: La Salle Explorers at Rhode Island Rams
- Where: Kingston at Ryan Center
- Date: Saturday, January 28th
- Betting Odds: La Salle +6, LASAL +206 | RI -258 O/U 138.0
Heading into today’s matchup vs Rhode Island, the La Salle Explorers will be taking the floor for the 21st time this season and have an overall record of 8-12. On the road, the Explorers will be playing their 9th game of the season, having gone 3-6. So far, the Explorers have been the underdog 11 times, going 2-9 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +6 underdogs on the spread.
La Salle’s leading scorer this season is Khalil Brantley, who is averaging 14.11 points per contest. So far, Brantley has accounted for 18.68% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.83 rebounds per game and 3.89 assists. Josh Nickelberry is the second leading scorer for the Explorers, averaging 9.75 points per game. Between him and Nickelberry, they are accounting for 33.0% 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.
Heading into today’s matchup vs La Salle, the Rhode Island Rams will be taking the floor for the 21st time this season and have an overall record of 7-13. Currently, the Rams have been the home team 14 times, sitting with a record of 7-7. The Rams’ are sitting with a betting line that is -6 points in their favor. For the season, Rhode Island has been favored to win in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 5-3.
Rhode Island will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Ishmael Leggett who is averaging 16.25 points per game for the Rams. Leggett is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Rams’ offensive game plan is the play of Brayon Freeman who has hit 37.2% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.63 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Rhode Island this season, as they are currently ranked 325th in college basketball at 67.1 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 Rams’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.6%, placing them 277th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: La Salle Explorers +6
After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have Rhode Island as the favorites with a line coming in at -6. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the La Salle Explorers to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with Rhode Island at 5.35 made 3’s per game compared to La Salle at 7.63. Look for La Salle to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Rams.