Check out our free Louisiana-Monroe vs Arkansas State pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Jonesboro. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Louisiana-Monroe vs Arkansas State Pick & Preview: Saturday, December 31st Betting Odds
Warhawks vs Red Wolves Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks at Arkansas State Red Wolves
- Where: Jonesboro at First National Bank Arena
- Date: Saturday, December 31st
- Betting Odds: Louisiana-Monroe +5.5, LAMON +194 | ARKST -243 O/U 128.5
Heading into today’s matchup vs Arkansas State, the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks will be taking the floor for the 15th time this season and have an overall record of 5-9. So far, the Warhawks have played 7 games on the road, with a record of 1-6. For the season, Louisiana-Monroe has been the underdog in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 1-8. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Warhawks being +5.5 point underdogs.
Louisiana-Monroe will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Tyreke Locure who is averaging 13.21 points per game for the Warhawks. Locure 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 Warhawks’ offensive gameplan is the play of Jamari Blackmon who has hit 41.8% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 9.77 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Louisiana-Monroe this season, as they are currently ranked 164th in college basketball at 72.5 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 Warhawks’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.8%, placing them 269th in the NCAA.
Red Wolves Preview:
The Arkansas State will take the floor in today’s game in the middle of a 4 game win streak and have an overall record of 9-5. Currently, the Red Wolves have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 8-1. The Red Wolves’ are sitting with a betting line that is -5.5 points in their favor. For the season, Arkansas State has been favored to win in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 5-2.
Arkansas State’s leading scorer this season is Caleb Fields who is averaging 12.79 points per contest. So far, Fields has accounted for 18.72% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.43 rebounds per game and 4.79 assists. Omar El-Sheikh is the second leading scorer for the Red Wolves, averaging 10.86 points per game. Between him and El-Sheikh, they are accounting for 34.6% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Arkansas State this season, as they are currently ranked 211st in college basketball at 70.9 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 Red Wolves’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.1%, placing them 411st in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks +5.5
In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a road underdog. Coming into the game, the Arkansas State Red Wolves are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -5.5. However, we anticipate Louisiana-Monroe putting up a strong fight and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Red Wolves as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Warhawks to cover.
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