Richmond Spiders visit La Salle Explorers in college basketball clash
Richmond Spiders 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 Richmond Spiders at Tom Gola Arena on Saturday in NCAA hoops play.
This season, the Explorers are 10-4 overall and 5-5 ATS ATS, while the Spiders are 11-5 and 3-10 ATS against the number. As for the totals, La Salle boasts a 4-4-1 on the OU, and Richmond is 6-4.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, La Salle sat as 8-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Explorers, most recently No. 151 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Spiders, who rate No. 245 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 77-76 victory for the Explorers.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up La Salle's No. 63 nationally ranked offense (73.6 points per game) against a Spiders defense that sits as the No. 155 at 65.2 PPG. The Explorers have been averaging 43.8% from the field, less than the Spiders have managed so far this season (45.8% on average).
Defensively, Richmond features the nation's No. 236-rated defense on the road, allowing 73.4 points per game. La Salle, meanwhile, comes in at No. 35 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, Richmond was a 64-61 winner at home against Rhode Island. They failed to cover the 10-point spread as favorites. Richmond earned a 64-61 victory over Rhode Island on Wednesday, getting 15 points from Darien Brothers at Robins Center.
In their last action, La Salle was a 74-65 loser on the road against Charlotte. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as underdogs. Ramon Galloway scored 23 points in a futile effort to lead the Explorers to a win (they lost 74-65 to Charlotte at Dale F. Halton Arena on Wednesday).
Richmond Spiders Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Butler are 0-1
After playing Rhode Island are 7-3
After a win are 7-3
La Salle Explorers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Dayton are 5-5
After playing Charlotte are 1-6
After a loss are 6-4
A few Spiders at Explorers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Richmond's last 6 games when playing on the road against La Salle
Richmond is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against La Salle
Richmond is 4-13 SU in its last 17 games on the road
Richmond is 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
La Salle is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of La Salle's last 6 games when playing at home against Richmond
The total has gone OVER in 9 of La Salle's last 11 games when playing Richmond
La Salle is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
Richmond at Butler, Wednesday, January 16
La Salle home to Dayton, Wednesday, January 16