Lasalle Explorers (0-2) vs Florida Gators (1-1)Date : 11/14/2018
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : Stephen C. O’Connell Center, Gainesville, Florida
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Lasalle Explorers vs Florida Gators
The Lasalle Explorers will travel to Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida, to face the Florida Gators on Wednesday night at 7 pm EST. The Explorers remained winless on the season as they suffered a 77-76 heartbreaking loss at home on Saturday night versus the Lafayette Leopards due to a last second three-point play by Alex Petrie which gave the Leopards the lead and the win. The Gators, on the other hand, picked up their first win of the season at home on Friday night versus the Buccaneers of Charleston Southern as they used a 16-point halftime lead to cruise in the second half en route to a victory. This will be the first meeting ever amongst these two teams.
Lasalle Explorers's Latest Performance :
The Explorers allowed at least 75 points in their second straight game as the Lafayette Leopards converted a three-point play late in the game to pick up a road victory over Lasalle last Saturday night. Lasalle shot horribly from the floor all night long while going up three at the half. Nonetheless, the Leopards finished the night shooting 47% from the field while converting 45% of their three-point attempts in the win. On the other hand, the Explorers only shot 38% from the field and 35% from three-point range.
Pookie Powell score 26 points for the Explorers while Isiah Dias had 16 points on the night. In all, the Explorers were not able to hold it together on the defensive side of the ball late while its offense continues to struggle in 2018. With that being said, they must certainly bring their A game to face a Florida team that allows 64 points per game to their opponents on 36% shooting.
Florida Gators 's Latest Performance :
The Gators rebounded from an opening night loss at Florida State by beating up on the Buccaneers of Charleston Southern on Friday night at home as they were led by KeVaughn Allen with 14 points and five steals while Deaundrae Ballard having 12 points and six rebounds on the night. The Gators shot 46% from the floor while holding the Bucs to only 28% shooting from the floor along with 18% shooting from three-point range. The Gators also collected 18 turnovers for the game while dishing out 14 assists, led by Andrew Nembhard with six, for the game.
The Gators look to carry this momentum into their contest with the Explorers who have struggled on both sides of the court this year. In fact, they are averaging on 71 points per game while allowing 75 to their opponents in 2018.
How Lasalle Explorers & Florida Gators Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Lasalle is 0-1-1 ATS while the OU is 1-1
Florida is 1-1 ATS while the OU is 0-2
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will certainly be a game that the home team should dominate. However, the season is young, and any team can certainly be taken advantage of. With that being said, look for this to be a defensive minded affair as the Explorers come in awful on offense for the season while its defense is also attempting to figure things out. Florida, on the other hand, is finding out more about themselves as well, primarily that they have a solid defensive unit that has held opponents to low percentages on the offensive end this year. Their offense certainly needs to score more, however, the Gators are indeed the better team in this contest.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Florida Gators
My reason for the pick :
I will back the Gators in this contest as they will be efficient on both sides of the court versus a Lasalle team that has not shown the ability to prevent teams from scoring. On the other hand, look for the Gators to step up the pressure even more on defense in which to confuse Lasalle’s offense by allowing them to make quicker decisions with the ball. In all, look for Florida to shine in this game as they, as stated, are indeed the better team and will certainly be looking to go over .500 for this young season.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
And while the Gators will score some points in this matchup, their defense will not be so generous to the Explorers. As stated, the Gators are holding teams to low percentages on the offensive end and with a struggling Explorers offense, look for the trends to continue. In all, do not expect the total to go above its set mark in what will be a defensive minded matchup that is low scoring throughout, with the home team having a huge advantage, of course.
Betting trends for Lasalle Explorers:
- The Explorers are 1-3-1 ATS in last five games
- The Explorers are 1-2-1 ATS in the last four games
- The under is 4-2 in last six games for Explorers
Betting trends for Florida Gators :
- The Gators are 5-3 ATS in last eight games
- The Gators are 3-0 ATS in last three games
- The under is 3-1 in Gators last four games