The La Salle Explorers (15-15, 6-12 A10) battle against the Davidson Wildcats (16-14, 10-8 A10) in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tourney at Barclays Center. The game starts at 6 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 12, 2020, and will air on NBC Sports Network.
Davidson is a 9-point favorite at Pointsbets opening line, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 137 points.
La Salle Explorers vs. Davidson Wildcats ATS Prediction
The last time the Explorers played, they defeated the Saint Joseph’s Hawks, 78-77. The game’s combined points (155) finished over the O/U total of 144. La Salle out-rebounded Saint Joseph’s. The Explorers had 17 offensive rebounds and 40 total rebounds, while the Hawks had six and 28, respectively. Christian Ray had a good game for La Salle, contributing 13 points and 11 rebounds.
The Wildcats defeated the VCU Rams in their last contest, 75-65, covering as 5-point favorites. The game’s total points (140) came in over the O/U total of 136.5. The Wildcats made 22 of their 25 free throws (88.0 percent), while the Rams had a turnover percentage of 18.9 (above their season average of 15.7). Kellan Grady was the top scorer from either team with 18 points on 5-for-10 shooting from the field.
Davidson should have the edge on the offensive side of the ball. The Wildcats rank 41st in offensive efficiency, while La Salle ranks 170th in defensive efficiency.
La Salle holds records of 15-15 straight up (SU) and 19-11 against the spread (ATS). Vegas tends to set the total low when the Explorers are involved, as 17 of their 30 games have gone over the total.
Meanwhile, Davidson owns records of 16-14 SU and 13-17 ATS. In opposition of La Salle, a little over half of Wildcats games have finished under the total.
La Salle Explorers vs. Davidson Wildcats Free Pick
Pick: ATS Winner – Davidson, O/U – Over
Davidson ranks 23rd in steals allowed per game (5.1) while La Salle ranks 226th (8.2).
The Wildcats average 14.1 assists per game, which ranks 75th in the country. The Explorers rank 169th in assists allowed per game (13.1).
La Salle ranks 153rd in rebounds per game (35.3) while Davidson ranks 244th (33.2).
The Wildcats rank 59th in three pointers attempted per game (24.6) while the Explorers rank 114th in three pointers allowed per game (20.8).
Davidson blocks 2.7 opponent shots per game, which ranks 163rd in the country. La Salle ranks 171st in blocks allowed per game (4.0).
Over its last five contests, La Salle is 3-2 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
Davidson is 2-3 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under over its last five games.
The Explorers’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 3.4, up from 1.9 for the season.
During their last five games, the Wildcats have scored an average of 71.2 points per game (1.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 70.2 points per game (2.7 above their season average).