Rhode Island Rams (8-7) vs LaSalle Explorers (3-12)Date : 01/19/2019
Time : 2:30 pm EST
Location : Tom Gola Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Rhode Island Rams vs LaSalle Explorers
The Rhode Island Rams will travel to Tom Gola Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to battle the LaSalle Explorers on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time for an Atlantic 10 showdown. After winning three straight games, the LaSalle Explorers have found themselves in a hole, once again, as they have now lost two straight games with their last being at home versus a defensive-minded St Louis Billikens squad. The Billikens limited the offense for LaSalle to only 37% shooting from the floor on the night while they were able to connect on 9 of 20 3-point attempts with Jack Clark along with Isiah Deas led the team with 14 points apiece in defeat. On the other hand, St Louis shot 47% from the floor as Hasahn French led the team with 12 points, 10 rebounds, along with four assists while Jordan Goodwin also pumped in 12 points for the night while also pulling down nine rebounds along with seven assists for St Louis in the much-needed victory.
On the other hand, the Rhode Island Rams have lost two of their last three games, overall, as he suffered a loss to the George Mason Patriots at home in their last time out in which George Mason controlled the pace of the game early and often as they went up by 11 at the half while also outscoring them heavily within the second stanza in which to pull out a huge victory. For the game, the Patriots were able to connect on 51% of their shots while the Rams converted on just 41% of their field goals during the contest in addition to also going a miserable 3 of 25 from long range in the loss.
Rhode Island Rams's Latest Performance :
Rhode Island has essentially switched wins for losses lately as they have not been able to maintain any type of consistency on either side of the ball on a nightly basis. They certainly atoned for a prior loss to the Patriots of Georgia Mason by picking up a win at home over the St. Bonaventure Bonnies in their last outing as they were clicking on all cylinders early on in this matchup as they posted 34 points at the half while their defense held the opponents to just 20 points at the break. They continued to roll in the second half as Rhode Island ended the game shooting 54% from the floor during the contest while holding St. Bonaventure to under 40% shooting from the floor as Ladarien Griffin led the team with 17 points yet went 5-11 from the perimeter on a night where the starting five struggled, as a whole.
On the other hand,Rhode Island obtain 18 points each from Fatts Russell along with Tyrese Martin as the Rams possessed a total of four double digits scores on the night en route to the victory. The Rams will now look to pick up their second straight victory since, believe it or not, December 8th of 2018, as they will certainly look to lead with their defense in which to neutralize, even more, a dismal offense for LaSalle in this contest on Saturday.
LaSalle Explorers 's Latest Performance :
For a defense for LaSalle that has allowed opponents to shoot 46% from the floor on a nightly basis this season, they have certainly, played much better recently as opponents are now averaging just 65 points per game during a six-game stretch to where the team went 3-3. Nonetheless, the Explorers are losers of their last three games leading up to their matchup with the Rhode Island Rams on Saturday as their defense took the lead with their offense, which is now averaging just 39% shooting on a nightly basis, has certainly not been able to get anything going, recently.
Versus George Washington, the visitors scored just 14 points in the first half while the offense for LaSalle was able to kick out 23 points during this time. Nonetheless, the defense seemed to hold off a bit in the second half while allowing George Washington to heat up in the midst of scoring 33 points compared to just 25 points in the second half for LaSalle en route to a huge road victory. Isaiah Deas was the lone double-digit scorer for Lasalle in this contest with 11 points as he went 4-13 from the floor on the night as the team shot just 34% from the floor while connecting on five 3-pointers.
On the other hand, LaSalle could not capitalize off 18 turnovers for George Washington as they lost their seventh game in their last 10 outings, overall. Look for them to bring focus and intensity to this matchup, particularly on the offensive end, versus the Rhode Island Rams as they are ranked as one of the best defensive teams in the nation in allowing just 41% shooting from the floor to opponents in 2018-19. In fact, Rhode Island has allowed opponents to score 70 or more points in just one of their last seven games, overall.
How Rhode Island Rams & LaSalle Explorers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Rhode Island is 5 – 10 ATS while the OU is 7 – 7
LaSalle is 6 – 8 – 1 ATS while the OU is 7 – 8
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for this to be a defensive-minded contest amongst the Rhode Island Rams and the LaSalle Explorers on Saturday afternoon as their defense has been the saving grace for their success thus far in the season. As stated, Rhode Island has not been able to gain any type of consistent momentum lately while LaSalle continues to play horrible as their offenses regressed to the point where they cannot find the bottom of the net under any circumstance, recently. With that being said, look for both defenses to step up in this matchup as the offenses will likely struggle, yet again, versus two units that have been very stingy and aggressive.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Rhode Island Rams
My reason for the pick :
I will back Rhode Island in this matchup as LaSalle has had too many inconsistencies on the offensive end lately and will certainly find its fair share of issues looking to find quality looks versus a Rhode Island Rams team that is back on track after allowing 84 points to George Mason in their prior outing. With that being said, look for a Rhode Island to push the pace on the offensive end in which to gain some buckets in transition throughout this contest while picking up a much-needed Atlantic 10 victory in the meantime.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
With both offenses struggling the way that the Rams and Explorers have recently, look for the under to certainly be the strong play as I happen to believe that their struggles will continue versus two defenses that have been strong throughout the season and will certainly be looking to put on a solid performance in an all important conference contest on Saturday. In other words, while this game will certainly be exciting, one should certainly look for the contest to also be a closely competitive matchup to where the defenses will take center stage in which to set the tone throughout.
Betting trends for Rhode Island Rams:
- The Rams are 1-6 against the spread in last 7 games
- The over is 6 – 14 Rams last 10 games
Betting trends for LaSalle Explorers :
- The Explorers are 4-1 against the spread in last 5 games
- The under is 6-0 in Explorers last six games