Loyola Maryland Greyhounds at Massachusetts-Lowell River Hawks ATS Prediction 12/21/18

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The Massachusetts-Lowell River Hawks (6-7) welcome the Loyola Maryland Greyhounds (4-7) to Costello Athletic Center. The River Hawks look to extend their five-game home winning streak, while the Greyhounds try to snap their five-game road losing streak. Action gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, December 21, 2018.

Loyola Maryland Greyhounds vs. Massachusetts-Lowell River Hawks ATS Odds

Both teams fell in their last outing. The River Hawks lost to the Massachusetts Minutemen, 83-75, while the Greyhounds lost big to the St. John’s Red Storm, 76-55.

Loyola Maryland had a much better free throw rate (0.500 vs. 0.169) while Massachusetts-Lowell had a better turnover percentage (13.5 vs. 17.1). Christian Lutete played a key role for Massachusetts-Lowell with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Meanwhile, Andrew Kostecka had a good game for Loyola Maryland, contributing 17 points and five rebounds.

The River Hawks won the sole game between these two teams last year, 83-75. The River Hawks’ 38.9 offensive rebounding percentage was their largest strength over the Greyhounds, who had a rate of 28.2. This is the first time these teams will battle this year.

It will be a matchup of contrasting paces as the fast-breaking River Hawks will look to push the more half-court-oriented Greyhounds. The River Hawks rank 25th in possessions per game while the Greyhounds are 218th.

Loyola Maryland Greyhounds at Massachusetts-Lowell River Hawks Pick

Free College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Massachusetts-Lowell, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • Massachusetts-Lowell averages 17.3 assists per game, which ranks 22nd in the country. Loyola Maryland ranks 147th in assists allowed per game (13.9).
  • The Greyhounds rank 148th in rebounds per game (35.5) while the River Hawks rank 175th in rebounds allowed per game (36.4).
  • The River Hawks rank 106th in blocks per game (3.2) while the Greyhounds rank 160th in blocks allowed per game (5.4).
  • Loyola Maryland ranks 118th in steals per game (6.2) while Massachusetts-Lowell ranks 149th in steals allowed per game (7.7).

Bettings Trends:

  • During their last five games, the River Hawks have scored an average of 80.6 points per game (1.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 84.0 points per game (4.2 above their season average).
  • The Greyhounds’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 7.2, up from 4.3 for the season.