Bucknell Bison vs. La Salle Explorers Free Prediction

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The winless La Salle Explorers (0-8) welcome the Bucknell Bison (3-3) to Tom Gola Arena. Action begins at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 4, 2018.

Bucknell Bison at La Salle Explorers ATS Odds

In their last outing, the Explorers were beaten by the 23rd-ranked Villanova Wildcats, 85-78, while the Bison easily got past the Monmouth Hawks, 65-43.

Bucknell played a nearly flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.226 (matching their season average) and a turnover percentage of 15.3 (better than their season average of 16.2). Monmouth was 0.115 and 23.5, respectively, for those same stats. La Salle, on the other hand, held Villanova to an offensive rebounding percentage of 25.0 (below their season average of 39.7). David Beatty had a solid performance for La Salle with 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Meanwhile, Nate Sestina had a solid performance for Bucknell, finishing with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

The Bison won the lone game between these two teams last season, 88-81. One of Bucknell’s biggest advantages was getting to the free throw line. They made 35 trips to the line, while La Salle went 21 times.

Bucknell might have a tough time creating turnovers. Dating back to the 2017-18 season, La Salle ranks 79th in the country at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 17.3 percent), while Bucknell has forced the 82nd-fewest turnovers (17.4 percent). Additionally, the Bison figure to have an advantage on defense. They rank 58th in the nation with an opponents’ effective field goal percentage of 0.480, while the Explorers’ offense ranks 296th in effective field goal percentage (0.489).

Bucknell Bison vs. La Salle Explorers Odds Pick

Prediction: SU Winner – La Salle, O/U – Under

Betting Notes (2017-Present):

  • Bucknell ranks 119th in assists per game (14.3) while La Salle ranks 232nd (12.6).
  • The Bison rank 52nd in blocks per game (4.3) while the Explorers rank 56th in blocks allowed per game (2.8).
  • La Salle allows the 35th-fewest three pointers per game (19.3) while Bucknell ranks 38th (19.4).
  • The Bison rank 160th in rebounds per game (35.9) while the Explorers rank 254th (34.0).
  • La Salle ranks 176th in steals per game (6.0) while Bucknell ranks 233rd (5.4).