Saint Joseph's (PA) vs La Salle Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for February 5 (Hawks Go For Season Sweep of Explorers)

Larry Rupp
Saint Joseph's vs La Salle prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
Saint Joseph's vs La Salle prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photos/Terrance Williams

Saint Joseph's (PA) vs La Salle Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Basketball Regular Season Game
  • Saint Joseph's (PA) (11-11, 5-5 A-10) vs. La Salle (9-13, 3-6 A-10)
  • Date: Sunday, February 5, 2023
  • Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Michael J. Hagan '85 Arena -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The 2022-23 college basketball season continues on Sunday with an exciting matchup between the La Salle Explorers and Saint Joseph's Hawks. La Salle snapped a five-game losing streak with a 75-64 win over George Washington on Wednesday. Guard Khalil Brantley led the offense with 15 points.

Meanwhile, Saint Joseph's enters on a hot streak after winning four of its last five games. The Hawks took down Rhode Island by a score of 64-50 on Wednesday thanks in part to the efforts of Cameron Brown. He tallied a team-high 18 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Which team will win today?

Saint Joseph's (PA) vs La Salle Odds & Spread

Saint Joseph's enters this contest as notable home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 12 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 141.5 points, which is above average compared to Sunday's projected totals.

Saint Joseph's (PA) vs La Salle Betting Trends

  • Saint Joseph's (PA) has 13 wins in 22 games against the spread this year.
  • Against the spread as 6.5-point favorites or more, the Hawks are 3-2.
  • Saint Joseph's (PA) has played 22 games this year, and 10 of them have gone over the total.
  • Against the spread, La Salle is 10-11-0 this year.
  • As 6.5-point underdogs or more, the Explorers are 3-4 against the spread.
  • Out of La Salle's 21 games so far this season, 11 have gone over the total.
Saint Joseph's (PA) Rank Saint Joseph's (PA) AVG La Salle AVG La Salle Rank
165th 72.1 Points Scored 68.4 262nd
243rd 71.7 Points Allowed 72.6 266th
169th 32.1 Rebounds 31.4 213th
139th 9.1 Off. Rebounds 9.3 113th
45th 8.8 3pt Made 7.0 228th
232nd 12.5 Assists 12.0 275th
284th 13.2 Turnovers 12.5 226th

Saint Joseph's (PA) vs La Salle Prediction & Pick

While it may not be competing for the top seed in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament, Saint Joseph's is an underrated team to keep an eye on. The Hawks rank fifth in the conference in scoring (72.1 points per game) overall and feature the third-best individual scorer in Erik Reynolds (18.0 PPG).

Picking apart La Salle's defense should not be hard for Saint Joseph's on Sunday. The Explorers allow 72.6 points per game (No. 244 in NCAA) and give up 37.4 rebounds per game (T-No. 320 in NCAA). Look for the Hawks to grab a number of second-chance buckets and build a lead early on in this one.

Saint Joseph's has won six of its last eight home games against La Salle, so roll with the Hawks.

Final Score Prediction: Saint Joseph's: 76 | La Salle: 66

Saint Joseph's (PA) vs La Salle Best Bet

It's worth pointing out that these A-10 squads have already faced off once this year in Philadelphia. Saint Joseph's took down La Salle by a final score of 71-59 after building a solid 12-point lead by halftime. Brown and Reynolds combined for 39 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists in that victory.

I expect a similar result on Sunday. The Hawks are 6-0 against the spread (ATS) in their last six games overall and 8-1 ATS in their last nine home games. Prior to Wednesday's win, the Explorers had lost five consecutive games by an average of 7.2 points. Saint Joseph's will pull away in the second half.

Bet: Saint Joseph's Hawks -6.5 (-104)

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