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Southern Illinois vs Saint Louis Pick & Preview: Saturday, December 3rd Betting Odds

Salukis vs Billikens Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Southern Illinois Salukis at Saint Louis Billikens
  • Where: St. Louis at Chaifetz Arena
  • Date: Saturday, December 3rd
  • Betting Odds: Southern Illinois +8.5, SILL +319 | STLOU -426 O/U 135.5

Salukis Preview:

Southern Illinois will take the floor against the Billikens with an overall record of 5-2. On the road, the Salukis will be playing their 4th game of the season, having gone 2-2. So far, the Salukis have been the underdog 2 times, going 1-1 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +8.5 underdogs on the spread.

Southern Illinois will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Marcus Domask who is averaging 17.0 points per game for the Salukis. Domask 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 Salukis’ offensive gameplan is the play of Lance Jones who has hit 38.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.0 points per game.

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Offensive production has been hard to come by for Southern Illinois this season, as they are currently ranked 402nd in college basketball at 64.0 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 Salukis’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 35.4%, placing them 158th in the NCAA.

Billikens Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Southern Illinois, the Saint Louis Billikens will be taking the floor for the 9th time this season and have an overall record of 6-2. So far this season, Saint Louis has played 6 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-1. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Billikens as the -8.5 point favorites. The Billikens have been favored 6 times, going 5-1 straight up.

Saint Louis will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Gibson Jimerson who is averaging 13.88 points per game for the Billikens. Jimerson 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 Billikens’ offensive gameplan is the play of Javonte Perkins who has hit 41.2% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.62 points per game.

So far this season, Saint Louis has put together a strong scoring offense at 76.4 points per game (58th). This strong figure has come despite the Billikens playing at a slow tempo compared to other schools. For the season, they have hit 36.9% of their shots from outside, which is closer to the NCAA average. Saint Louis’ overall field goal percentage currently sits at 45.4%

Free Spread Prediction: Saint Louis Billikens -8.5

Saint Louis Billikens will tip off their matchup over Southern Illinois Salukis as the strong favorites to pick up the win with a point spread sitting at -8.5. Our analysis like’s Saint Louis’ chances to pull away with an easy win and cover the spread. When looking at how each team likes to play, both Saint Louis and Southern Illinois are near the NCAA average in possessions per game. We like how this scenario favors Saint Louis, as throughout the game their superior talent should come through in an easy win. Although the Billikens 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 away with the ATS win.

 


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