The Billikens and Patriots are set to face off at 2:00 ET on USA. The Patriots will host the game at EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, VA. The odds for this Atlantic 10 conference game currently have the Patriots as the betting favorite with the over/under line sitting at 143 points.

SAINT LOUIS BILLIKENS VS GEORGE MASON PATRIOTS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Saint Louis Billikens +9.5

This game will be played at EagleBank Arena at 2:00 ET on Saturday, January 6th.

WHY BET THE SAINT LOUIS BILLIKENS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Patriots.
  • Even though we have George Mason winning straight-up, we like Saint Louis at +9.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 143 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Are Saint Louis Ready for a Road Win?

Heading into today's game, Saint Louis is a 9.5 point underdog and will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak. So far this season, the Billikens have gone 7-7 overall and 1-3 on the road.

In their last game, Saint Louis faced Loyola Chicago and lost by a score of 80-73. Over their last ten games on the road, the Billikens have gone just 2-8.

As the underdog this year, Saint Louis has an ATS record of 4-4. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Billikens are 4-6 vs. the spread. On the road, their ATS mark is 2-2 this season and 3-7 in their last 10 road games.

Today's over/under line of 143 is lower than the average over/under line in Saint Louis' games this year (146.5). So far, 10 of their games have finished with more points than 143. Over their last three games, their over/under record is 3-0.

In their most recent game, the Billikens' offense tallied 73 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 73.9 points per game. In terms of three-point shooting, the Billikens offense has been good from outside, hitting 37% of their three-pointers on an average of 20.2 attempts per game. Their overall field goal percentage is currently 44%.

Coming into today's game, the Saint Louis defense is giving up an average of 75.8 points per contest. Against Loyola Chicago, the Billikens' defense gave up 80 points and did a good job not fouling. For the game, Loyola Chicago only made 8 free-throws.

Is A Home Victory Likely for the Favored Patriots?

George Mason comes into today's matchup with a record of 12-2 and are favored by 9.5 points over Saint Louis. So far this season, the Patriots have been favored in 10 of their 14 games and have gone 9-1 in those matchups.

At home, George Mason is 7-1 and have won four straight games. In their last game, the Patriots took down La Salle by a score of 77-62. Over their last 10 games at home, George Mason is an impressive 9-1.

George Mason has an ATS record of 8-4-1 this season and they are 6-3-1 vs. the spread when they are the favorite. At home, the Patriots have gone 4-3-1 vs. the spread this year and they are 5-3-1 ATS in their last 10 home games.

This season, the over/under record for George Mason is 7-6 and the average over/under line in their games is 140.6. Today's over/under line of 143 is higher than the average over/under line in their games. So far, 9 of their games have finished with more points than today's line of 143. Over their last three games, their over/under record is 1-2 and the average scoring total in those games is 145 points.

The George Mason offense is coming off a game where they scored 77 points against La Salle. They posted a field goal percentage of 52.7% and connected on 7 threes. In terms of three-point shooting, the Patriots offense has been good from outside, hitting 37% of their three-pointers on an average of 19.9 attempts per game. Their overall field goal percentage is currently 48%.

At present, the Patriots' defense is nationally ranked 53rd, allowing 65.4 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, George Mason's defense has allowed opponents to shoot 35.6% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 30.9% this season.