Houston Baptist at Lamar - 3/10/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Lamar Cardinals (8-17) vs Houston Baptist Huskies (6-18)
Game Info: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Leonard E. Merrell Center)
Betting Odds: Lamar Cardinals -5.5 -- Over/Under: 142.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Houston Baptist Huskies will be facing the Lamar Cardinals on Wednesday in the second round of the Southland Conference Tournament. The two split the regular season series 1-1, with both home teams securing victories.
Houston Baptist finished the regular season dropping 6 of 8. However, the Huskies were able to bounce back when it mattered, winning last time out in the first round of the Tournament. They came away with an 80-68 victory against the Incarnate Word Cardinals. The Huskies shot 50% from the field in the game, and 43.8% from deep. They also assisted on 16 of their 27 field goals. Pedro Castro led the team with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Houston Baptists limited the Cardinals to 22.7% shooting from three, and came away with 9 steals on the defensive end. The Huskies are averaging 71.8 points per game, and allowing 81 to their opponents. Pedro Castro leads the team with 14.5 points per game.
Lamar ended their regular season 4-4, but they won their last 4 games. Last time out they came away with a 60-51 victory against the McNeese Cowboys. The Cardinals shot 41.8% from the field, and 50% from beyond the arc. They had assists on 13 of their 23 makes. Davion Buster led the team with 20 points on 6-11 shooting from three. Lamar held McNeese to 28.6% shooting from three, and had a +6 turnover differential in the game. Houston Baptist is averaging 65.6 points per game this season, while giving up 72.5 to the opposition. Davion Buster leads the team with 15.1 points per game.
Houston Baptist is 12-9-1 ATS this season, 4-6 ATS in their last 10, and 9-7-1 ATS as the underdog.
Lamar is 12-13 ATS this season, 6-4 ATS in their last 10, and 4-3 ATS as a favorite.
Neither team has shown much consistency this season, however Lamar has had a nice little run of late. They have won 4 in a row by an average of 13.7 points. Houston Baptist was able to win their first round game, so may come into this one with some momentum as well. These two teams have played each other close, with the two games being decided by an average of 5.5 points. However, Lamar has had 4 days to rest up and prepare for this one, while Houston Baptist played last night and will have to get up and do it again today for their first back to back of the season. I like the way Lamar finished the year, and expect that play to carryover against the Huskies. Give me the Cardinals to cover.