Flyers vs. Explorers Prediction
The 20th-ranked Dayton Flyers will open Atlantic 10 Conference play tonight on the road at the La Salle Explorers. Is a win in the cards for Dayton in this matchup?
Thursday, January 2, 2019
Tom Gola Arena at 8:30PM ET
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According to oddsmakers, the Flyers are a 10-point favorite on the spread line. The total sits at 137 points. As of Thursday morning, 65 percent of public bets are siding with host La Salle. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Flyers roll past Ospreys
Dayton picked up a 77-59 home win Monday night over North Florida to improve to 11-2 overall and 8-0 at home. The Flyers led 42-28 at halftime and maintained control after the break. Obi Toppin paced Dayton with 31 points on 15-of-24 shooting plus 1-of-5 at the free throw line. He also registered eight rebounds and two assists. Trey Landers tallied 15 points, four boards, four assists and three steals. Jalen Crutcher added 11 points, two caroms and two assists.
Explorers win fifth straight
La Salle recorded a 71-59 home win Saturday afternoon over Bucknell to move to 9-3 overall and 5-1 at home. The Explorers raced out to a 37-21 halftime advantage en route to the victory. Jared Kimbrough paced La Salle with 16 points on 5-of-6 shooting plus 6-of-7 at the charity stripe. He also accounted for three rebounds and two blocked shots. Isiah Deas accumulated 15 points, three boards and two steals. David Beatty had 11 points and three caroms. Ed Croswell added 10 points, four rebounds and two blocks.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Flyers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games as a road favorite. The road team is 1-7 ATS in the last eight meetings.
The Explorers are 5-0 ATS in their last five games as an underdog. La Salle is 8-1 ATS in its last nine home games.
A lot of people might be surprised at this spread, but it shows how good the Flyers are and the fact that the Explorers have feasted on a weak schedule. La Salle lost by 11 to Villanova on the road, but this is another step up in competition and I feel not even home court can save them here. Dayton has big plans this season and will want to start the conference season off in the right fashion. Give the points and take the Flyers tonight.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: DAYTON FLYERS -10