Looking to win big? The Bison and Explorers face off at 2:00 ET on ESPN+. The Explorers are hosting the game at Tom Gola Arena in Philadelphia, PA. This non-conference matchup has an over/under of 152.5 points, and the Explorers are favored to win at home vs. the Bison.

HOWARD BISON VS LA SALLE EXPLORERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: La Salle Explorers -5.5

This game will be played at Tom Gola Arena at 2:00 ET on Saturday, December 30th.

WHY BET THE LA SALLE EXPLORERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 78-66 in favor of the Explorers.
  • Not only will La Salle pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -5.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 152.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Can the Howard Offense Score Enough on the Road?

Looking ahead to today's game, the Bison come in at 4-9 after their most recent loss to UC Santa Barbara (94-81). In their last ten road games, Howard has a 1-9 record, which includes games from last year. Howard has a subpar ATS record at 5-7, sitting below .500. On the road, the Bison are 2-7 vs. the spread, while they are a perfect 3-0 at home ATS.

Howard comes in with an over/under record of 10-2-0 through 13 games, with their games averaging a combined 158.4 points per game so far. The Bison's last five games have finished with a combined 153 points per game and an over/under record of 4-0.

In their most recent game, the Bison's offense tallied 81 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 77.5 points per game. In terms of three-point shooting, the Bison offense has been good from outside, hitting 36% of their three-pointers on an average of 21.5 attempts per game. Their overall field goal percentage is currently 46%.

The Bison's defense is presently ranked 260th nationally, allowing an average of 79.2 points per contest. Howard's three-point defense is currently 103rd in the country at 6.9 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 43.3% of their shots vs. Howard.

Can La Salle Live Up to the Hype at Home?

As La Salle prepares for their 13th game of the year, they currently hold a 9-3 record. In their last ten home games, which includes games from last season, La Salle has a 9-1 record. La Salle is currently performing better than average against the spread, holding a 7-5 ATS record. When playing away from home, the Explorers are at an even 2-2 vs. the spread, while they have a stronger 5-3 ATS record when playing at home.

So far, La Salle's games have averaged 150.7 points per game with the average over/under line being 141.5 points. The Explorers have an over/under record of 2-1 in their last three games, with their games averaging 141 points per game.

La Salle finished with 107 points in their game against Rosemont College. This total surpasses their season-average of 78.8 points per game. Khalil Brantley is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 16 as they approach today's matchup. In addition, Jhamir Brickus brings a PPG average of 14.2 into the game.

In terms of defense, La Salle is currently on par with the NCAA average for points allowed, giving up an average of 71.8 points per game. La Salle's three-point defense is currently 82nd in the country at 6.4 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 40.8% of their shots vs. La Salle.