Free NCAAB Pick: Crusaders vs Leopards NCAAB Odds
Looking for Holy Cross Crusaders vs. Lafayette Leopards free NCAAB picks & NCAAB odds? NCAAB betting sees the Crusaders taking on the Leopards on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at Kirby Sports Center, Easton, Pennsylvania. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NCAAB basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NCAAB hoops predictions like this Leopards Crusaders matchup.
(13-11) Holy Cross Crusaders vs. Lafayette Leopards (6-16)
Date: Sunday, February 10
Time: 12:00PM EST
Venue: Kirby Sports Center, Easton, Pennsylvania
NCAAB Moneyline Odds: OFF
NCAAB Betting Odds: Holy Cross -2
NCAAB Betting Total: 138.5
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The Lafayette Leopards reside within the cellar of the Patriot League conference due to their struggles on both ends of the court. However, they were able to halt a four-game skid versus the Boston Terriers in their last outing due to 54% shooting along with 20 points off the bench from Alex Petrie.
The Holy Cross Crusaders have only been victorious in three of their last ten games, overall. They were also able to halt a two game losing streak on the strength of their defense that allowed just 42 points to the Army Black Knights on just 26% shooting from the floor.
Despite their current struggles on the offensive end, Petrie (15 ppg) has been a huge catalyst in the Lafayette Leopards remaining competitive throughout the season. And while the guard is shooting less than 40% from the floor per game, he is nailing 38% of his three-point attempts on the season.
Lucas Jarrett (7 ppg, 4 rebs) along with Justin Jaworski (14 ppg) chipped in 13 and 12 points for the Leopards versus the Terriers. Jarrett has increased his numbers lately in averaging 13 points per game in the last three outings for Lafayette.
Nonetheless, the Leopards are shooting just 44% from the field while allowing offenses to convert on 46% of their shots per game. In fact, Lafayette has allowed opponents to post 90 or more points in two of their last three outings. Furthermore, they are losers of their last four home games.
Holy Cross Crusaders
The Crusaders of Holy Cross has struggled on the offensive end as well, however, were able to come out of their funk versus the Army Black Knights most recently. Leading scorer, Jacob Grandison, posted 14 points in the win while Austin Butler also chipped in 14 along with pulling down 10 rebounds.
Grandison (14 pg, 4 rebs) has been very inconsistent on the year in shooting just 43% on the year. On the other hand, he also averages 39% shooting from long range, despite going 1-5 in this area versus Army. The 6’5” guard in Austin (14 ppg, 5 rebs) has stepped up recently as well while being deadly from long range in shooting over 40% for the year.
The Crusaders are losers of five straight road games entering this matchup. Unfortunately, their offense, which averages just 66 points per game, has reached the 70-point scoring mark in just one of these contests. On the other hand, the Crusaders posted 70 points at home in their last meeting versus the Crusaders, despite a seven point loss. .
NCAAB Betting Trends:
- HC is 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games overall
- HC is 1-9 ATS in their last 10 vs. Patriot League
- Under is 7-1 in HC last 8 Sun. games
- Over is 11-3 in LAF last 14 overall
- Over is 7-2 in LAF last 9 vs. Patriot League.
Free Holy Cross Crusaders vs Lafayette Leopards NCAAB Prediction:
One should expect a competitive, low-scoring matchup amongst two teams that continue to stink things up on the offensive end. Also, both squads will attempt to push the pace in which to catch the opposing defense on its heels. However, with lingering consistencies plaguing both teams, look for momentum to swing back and forth constantly. In the end, look for the Leopards to play just enough defense while converting late in the contest in which to pick up a slim, 65-55 win over the struggling Crusaders to atone for an earlier loss.
4* Free NCAAB Betting Pick: Lafayette Leopards +2
While both offenses will struggle in this contest, the home team will shine in the second half as they will pull away from an awful road team in the Crusaders en route to covering the small spread in the end. The under will also be yet another area that I would explore for this matchup as well, considering the overall state of the offenses that will be taking the floor.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Crusaders 55 – Leopards 65
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