Planning on watching today's Leopards and Eagles game? Catch the action at Bender Arena in Washington, DC, as the Eagles hosts this showdown at 4:00 ET on ESPN+. This Patriot League conference matchup has an over/under of 126 points, and American is favored to win by -6 at home vs. Lafayette.

LAFAYETTE LEOPARDS VS AMERICAN EAGLES BETTING PICK

The Pick: American Eagles -6

This game will be played at Bender Arena at 4:00 ET on Saturday, February 17th.

WHY BET THE AMERICAN EAGLES:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Eagles.
  • Not only will American pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -6.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 126 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Will the Leopards Make it Happen in Washington?

With a record of 10-16, Lafayette has not had a great season, but they have been much better on the road than at home. On the season, the Leopards are 5-8 on the road compared to 4-8 at home.

Over their last ten road games, Lafayette has gone 5-5, and they are 4-1 in their last five games away from home. Their most recent game was a 79-64 loss to Loyola Maryland.

As the underdog this season, Lafayette has gone 5-10 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Leopards have posted a 3-7 ATS mark. On the road, Lafayette has an ATS record of 7-6 this year and they are 6-4 vs. the spread in their last 10 road contests.

Today's over/under line of 126 for Lafayette's game against American is lower than the average OU line in their games this season (133.2). So far, 10 of their games have finished with less than 126 points. In their last three games, the over/under record is 3-0 and the average scoring total across those games is 153 points.

In their recent game, the Leopards' offense concluded with 64 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 63.4 points per contest. The top scorer for the Leopards was Devin Hines with 18 points, while Eric Sondberg also added 13 to the scoreboard.

At present, the Leopards' defense is nationally ranked 68th, allowing 67.5 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 7.3 threes per game vs. American. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 32.9%.

Can the Eagles Grab a Win at Home?

At home this season, American has gone 7-3, and over their last ten games at home, they have gone 7-3. On the year, they have been favored in 15 games, going 11-4.

In their most recent game, they beat Navy by a score of 59-42. So far this season, they have a record of 14-12, and in Patriot League games, they have gone 8-5.

As the favorite this season, American has gone 10-5 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Eagles have gone 7-3 vs. the spread. At home, their ATS mark is 6-4 this year and 5-4 over their last 10 home games.

Today's over/under line of 126 is lower than the average over/under line in American's games this season (137.4). This year, 20 of their games have finished with more points than today's line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 0-3 and the average scoring total is 100 points.

Compared to their season average of 70.2 points per game, American struggled in their previous game. Against Navy, the Eagles scored 59 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 44.2%. Matt Rogers is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today's matchup with an average of 16.1. Meanwhile, Elijah Stephens also brings a PPG average of 12.2 into the game.

At present, the Eagles' defense is nationally ranked 86th, allowing 68.3 points per game. In their previous game vs. Navy, the Midshipmen finished with a field goal percentage of 28% and a total of 42 points vs. American.