Atlantic 10 Tournament - Butler Bulldogs visit La Salle Explorers in college basketball clash
Butler Bulldogs vs La Salle Explorers Odds
The La Salle Explorers will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Butler Bulldogs at Barclays Center on Friday in NCAA hoops play.
It's a game in the Atlantic 10 Tournament, which will decide the conference title, not to mention deciding which teams make the Field of 68. This game is being played at a neutral-site court (Barclays Center).
The Explorers sit at 21-8 (13-12 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Bulldogs are currently 25-7 (18-12 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? La Salle is 11-12-1 OU, and Butler is 17-12 OU.
Bettors looking to go with the Explorers in this one found them listed as 1.5-point underdogs earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Monday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Bulldogs was expected to move the line.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 106-rated Explorers and the No. 43-ranked Bulldogs, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 75-74 result in favor of the Explorers.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits La Salle's No. 55-ranked offense, averaging 72.9 PPG, against a Bulldogs defense that ranks No. 108 at 63.9 PPG. The Explorers field goal percentage has averaged 45% so far, less than the Bulldogs marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.4% per game.
Defensively, Butler features the nation's No. 100-rated defense on the road, allowing 66.4 points per game. La Salle, meanwhile, comes in at No. 42 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Butler, they were a 73-67 winner as they battled Dayton at home. They covered in the match as a 4-point favorite. The Bulldogs got 21 points from Rotnei Clarke as Butler ran past Dayton 73-67 on Thursday at Barclays Center.
La Salle lost its last outing, a 78-54 result against Saint Louis on March 9. They failed to cover in that game as an 8-point underdog. La Salle was crushed on Saturday, getting blown out by Saint Louis and falling by a 78-54 score at Chaifetz Arena.