Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Dons vs. Lions CBB Odds
Looking for San Francisco Dons vs. LMU Lions NCAA basketball free picks & CBB odds? CBB betting sees the Dons taking on the Lions on Thursday February 18, 2021 at War Memorial Gym in San Francisco, California. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all college basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily basketball predictions like this Dons Lions matchup.
2021 NCAA Basketball Handicapping
(10-10) San Francisco Dons vs. LMU Lions (10-6)
Date: Thursday February 18, 2021
Time: 9:00 PM ET
Venue: War Memorial Gym in San Francisco, California
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: San Francisco -4.0
CBB Betting Total: O/U 137.5
The LMU Lions will look for win number four in a row when they travel to San Francisco to take on the Dons in a West Coast Conference battle.
The Lions are coming off their third victory in a row on Tuesday after defeating Santa Clara 76-73. San Francisco has lost three straight is looking to rebound following a 39-point loss Saturday against Gonzaga. LMU won 68-60 the last time these teams met back on January 10. The Dons have won three of the last four matchups.
San Francisco Dons
San Francisco was out of action from January 23 to February 9 due to COVID-19. Since their return, the Dons have dropped two straight and look to move up the conference standings with a home win. The Dons are 7th in the WCC play following the blowout loss to Gonzaga.
San Francisco has been a fairly balanced team in terms of offensive and defensive rating. The Dons are 133rd in offensive rating and 94th in defensive rating. The Dons allow opponents to shoot under 31 percent from deep and do a good job of crashing the glass.
The one major weakness for this team is fouling, or a lack thereof depending on how you look at it. San Francisco is 345th (third to last in the nation) in drawing fouls this year on offense and 322nd in opponents foul rate. The Dons’ opponents are shooting 75 percent at the line as well, which is a big reason why USF has lost 10 times.
The Dons shoot the fifth most threes in the country and make 35 percent of them. Jamaree Bouyea leads the team in scoring at 16.6 ppg with Khalil Shabazz close behind at 16.1 per contest.
LMU was carried in its last matchup by Eli Scott. The Chino Hills product scored a career high 37 points on 15 of 21 shooting in the Lions win over Santa Clara. Keli Leoupepe recorded a double-double to boost the Lions to victory as well, scoring 13 points and adding 10 assists.
LMU is averaging 70.2 points per game and allowing 66.7 points per contest. The Lions are 5-3 in conference play and in the middle of the pack of the WCC standings.
The Lions are led by Scott, who averages 17.9 ppg and 8.4 rebounds per contest. Domeone Douglas is second on the team in scoring (13.5) and rebounding (7.3), but will miss the remainder of the season due to an injury. While his loss was crushing, other players have stepped up in his absence. Since getting additional touches, Leoupepe has upped his totals to 9.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.
The biggest weakness of this Lions team has been turnovers. LMU is 325th in the nation in turnover percentage and must improve their point guard play in order to make a run for the tournament. The Lions have been strong, however, in rebounding. They are top-20 in the nation in offensive rebounding percentage.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Dons are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 games following a straight up loss of more than 20 points.
- Dons are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games.
- Lions are 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 games following a straight up win.
- Lions are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Free San Francisco Dons vs. LMU Lions NCAAB Prediction:
San Francisco will right the ship and pick up a win in this spot. LMU has found itself in a lot of close games this year and has struggled with regards to covering spreads. San Francisco is much better at taking care of the ball, and that will make the difference in what should be a fun game throughout.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: San Francisco -5
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