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Lafayette vs Boston Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 5th Betting Odds

Leopards vs Terriers Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Lafayette Leopards at Boston Terriers
  • Where: Boston at Case Gym
  • Date: Thursday, January 5th
  • Betting Odds: Lafayette +5, LAFAY +180 | BOSTU -230 O/U 127.0

Leopards Preview:

Lafayette will take the floor against the Terriers with an overall record of 2-13. On the road, the Leopards will be playing their 11th game of the season, having gone 2-9. So far, the Leopards have been the underdog 12 times, going 1-11 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +5 underdogs on the spread.

Lafayette will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Leo O’Boyle who is averaging 11.6 points per game for the Leopards. O’Boyle 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 Leopards’ offensive gameplan is the play of Kyle Jenkins who has hit 51.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.47 points per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Lafayette this season, as they are currently ranked 306th in college basketball at 67.8 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Leopards’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.8%, placing them 330th in the NCAA.

Terriers Preview:

The Boston Terriers head into today’s game in what will be their 16th game of the season, posting a record of 8-7. Currently, the Terriers have been the home team 6 times, sitting with a record of 4-2. The Terriers’ are sitting with a betting line that is -5 points in their favor. For the season, Boston has been favored to win in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 6-3.

Boston will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Walter Whyte who is averaging 14.47 points per game for the Terriers. Whyte 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 Terriers’ offensive gameplan is the play of Jonas Harper who has hit 38.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 9.47 points per game.

Coming into today’s game, Boston will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Terriers are ranked 189th at 71.3 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 633rd ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, Boston is close to the NCAA average at 35.8%.

Free Spread Prediction: Lafayette Leopards +5

After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have Boston as the favorites with a line coming in at -5. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the Lafayette Leopards to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with Boston at 7.58 made 3’s per game compared to Lafayette at 8.77. Look for Lafayette to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Terriers.

 


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