Saint Joseph’s Hawks vs. Saint Louis Billikens ATS Prediction 01/18/19

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The Saint Louis Billikens (13-4, 4-0 A10) and the Saint Joseph’s Hawks (8-9, 1-4 A10) face off at Chaifetz Arena. The Billikens look to continue their five-game winning streak. The game starts at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, January 18, 2019, and will air on ESPN2.

Saint Joseph’s Hawks at Saint Louis Billikens Betting Odds

Both teams barely escaped their last opponent. The Billikens defeated the Fordham Rams 63-60, while the Hawks beat the Davidson Wildcats 61-60.

The Hawks were 7-9 from the foul line (77.8 percent) and held the Wildcats to an effective field goal percentage of 0.467 (below their season average of 0.523). The Billikens, on the other hand, had a great free throw rate of 0.275 (above their season average of 0.259) and held the Rams to an offensive rebounding percentage of 19.4 (below their season average of 28.0). Jordan Goodwin had a good outing for Saint Louis, recording 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Saint Joseph’s, meanwhile, received a boost from Jared Bynum, who recorded 12 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.

The Billikens won the only game between these two teams last year, 60-59. Saint Louis had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (35.3 vs. 14.3). Saint Joseph’s, on the other hand, had a better free throw rate (0.240 vs. 0.196). This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.

Half-court execution will be of utmost importance when two of the NCAA’s slowest-paced teams go head-to-head. Saint Louis currently ranks 279th in possessions per game (67.9) and Saint Joseph’s is 258th (68.3). Furthermore, put-back points figure to be rare for the Hawks. They rank 340th in the country in offensive rebounding percentage at 20.9 percent, while the Billikens are 43rd-best on the defensive glass (defensive rebounding percentage of 75.5 percent).

Saint Joseph’s at Saint Louis Pick

College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Saint Louis, ATS Winner – Saint Joseph’s, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • Saint Louis ranks 30th in three pointers allowed per game (19.1) while Saint Joseph’s ranks 242nd (26.8).
  • The Billikens rank 29th in steals per game (8.3) while the Hawks rank 150th (5.6).
  • Saint Louis ranks 34th in blocks per game (4.5) while Saint Joseph’s ranks 105th (3.2).
  • The Billikens rank 39th in rebounds per game (39.4) while the Hawks rank 200th (34.4).
  • Saint Louis ranks 36th in assists allowed per game (11.1) while Saint Joseph’s ranks 171st (14.5).

Bettings Trends:

  • During their last five games, the Billikens have scored an average of 68.4 points per game (1.2 above their season average) and allowed an average of 58.8 points per game (3.7 below their season average).
  • The Hawks’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 13.0, up from 2.0 for the season.