Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#4797 La Salle vs.
#4798 George Mason
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 7:00pm EST
Written by Scott Reichel

Two Atlantic 10 teams will face off against each other on Wednesday as the La Salle Explorers travel to EagleBank Arena to take on the George Mason Patriots. La Salle enters this game with a 5-6 record after losing to UMass on the road by 16 points in its last game while George Mason enters this game with a 5-5 record after losing to Richmond at home by 20 points in its last game. This game will start at 7:00 P.M. EST.

Explorers Look To Get Back To .500

The La Salle Explorers will be looking to get back on track after suffering a 16-point road loss to the UMass Minutemen in their last game. In that game, La Salle's defense struggled as it allowed 83 points while letting the opposition attempt 32 free throws. On the bright side, the Explorers have still won two of their last three conference games so that one lackluster performance might not be that big of a deal. Either way, it will be important for the Explorers to avoid any negative momentum carrying over from that game. Now, La Salle has a losing record once again as it will be looking to get back to .500 with a conference road game up next on Wednesday.

Leading the Explorers offensively is sophomore guard Jack Clark who is averaging 9.6 points per game along with a team-high 5.5 rebounds per game. However, he is also averaging a team-high 2.3 turnovers per game as he will need to make better decisions with the basketball moving forward.

Following the last game, UMass coach Matt McCall praised La Salle for its unique defense which gave his team some initial problems.

"It'll be interesting to see if teams switch pick and rolls like La Salle does. That's what they do. We haven't seen a lot of other teams in our league do that."

George Mason Looks To Snap Its Losing Streak

The George Mason Patriots have lost each of their last three games including a 20-point home loss to the Richmond Spiders in their last game. In that game, George Mason's offense was awful as it only scored 57 points while shooting just 26.7% from the three-point line. However, the terrible offensive showing was not too surprising considering the fact that the Patriots have scored less than 66 points in each of their last three games. Now, George Mason will be looking to snap its losing streak with another conference home game up next. If the Patriots plan on getting the job done on Wednesday, then they will need to start playing a lot better offensively.

Leading the Patriots offensively is junior guard Jordan Miller who is averaging a team-high 15.1 points per game along with 5.4 rebounds per game. In addition, he is shooting 42.3% from the three-point line as he has been very efficient from behind the arc up to this point.

Leading the Patriots offensively is freshman guard Tyler Kolek who is averaging 11.3 points per game along with 2.8 rebounds per game. In addition, he is averaging 1.2 steals per game as he has been very active on both sides of the ball up to this point.

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Full-Game Side Bet

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These two teams have the same exact record and they have looked quite similar in conference play so I think that this game should be a lot closer than what oddsmakers expect. La Salle has the better conference road and George Mason is in the middle of a three-game losing streak so I cannot trust the Patriots in this spot. Plus, La Salle is allowing roughly four fewer points per game so I think that its defense will be able to keep this game close enough to cover this spread. As a result, I think that there is some value with the road team in this spot.

Prediction: La Salle +4

Full-Game Total Pick

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Both teams have been pretty underwhelming offensively this season so I think that this total is a bit too high. La Salle is averaging just 67.6 points per game while George Mason is averaging just 69.6 points per game so I think that points should come at a bit of a premium in this game. Plus, George Mason ranks 243rd in the nation in adjusted offensive tempo according to Kenpom rankings while La Salle ranks 242nd in the nation so I think that both teams will continue playing offense in the halfcourt which will eat up more clock. As a result, I think there is some value with the under in this spot.

Prediction: Under 134

Half-Time Side Pick

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La Salle has looked like the better team in conference play so I think that it should be able to get off to a fast start on Wednesday. The Explorers have won two of their last three games while George Mason has lost each of its last three games so I think that the Patriots will continue to struggle over the first 20 minutes against this decent opponent. Plus, La Salle is shooting roughly 1.5 percent better from the floor so I think that it should be able to make enough shots in order to cover this first half point spread.

Prediction: La Salle 1H
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Written By Scott Reichel , "Scott Reichel"

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.