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Loyola Marymount Lions visit Saint Louis Billikens in NCAA Basketball wagering battle

Loyola Marymount LionsSaint Louis Billikens
Dec 22, 3:30 PM | Chaifetz Arena

Loyola Marymount Lions vs Saint Louis Billikens Odds

5-5TEAM RECORD7-3

The Saint Louis Billikens host Loyola Marymount on Saturday, looking to build on their 7-3 mark against the 5-5 Lions in college hoops action at Chaifetz Arena.

The Billikens bring a 7-3 record (3-6 ATS) to this tilt against the 5-5 Lions, who are 3-5 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Saint Louis go 3-4 so far and the Lions go 3-2.

View Loyola Marymount vs Saint Louis Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with Saint Louis in this one found them as 13-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 226-ranked Billikens and the No. 150-rated Lions in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 76-73 win for the Billikens on Saturday.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Saint Louis's No. 214-ranked scoring average of 66.3 PPG, against a Lions defense rated No. 260 and allowing 70.4 PPG. The Billikens FG% has averaged 46% to date this season, more than the Lions shooters have managed so far (44.5% per game).

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Loyola Marymount owns the country's No. 260-rated mark, allowing 75.6 points per game on the highway. Saint Louis, on the other hand, rates No. 256 in scoring at home.

Loyola Marymount was a 73-70 loser in their most recent outing at home against Mississippi. They covered the 10-point spread as underdogs. Anthony Ireland scored 17 points in a futile effort to lead the Lions to a win (they lost 73-70 to Mississippi at Gersten Pavilion on Wednesday).

In their last action, Saint Louis was a 72-45 winner at home against Eastern Illinois. They covered the 20-point spread as favorites. The battle between the Billikens and Panthers didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Eastern Illinois was handed a 72-45 defeat on Wednesday at Chaifetz Arena.

Loyola Marymount Lions Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 1-9
Before playing Morgan State are 0-1
After a loss are 9-1

Saint Louis Billikens Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
After playing Eastern Illinois are 0-3
After a win are 5-5

A few Lions at Billikens trends to consider:
Loyola Marymount is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games on the road
Saint Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Saint Louis is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Saint Louis is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games

Next up:
Loyola Marymount home to Morgan State, Thursday, December 27
Saint Louis home to SIU Edwardsville, Friday, December 28