Louisiana at Appalachian State: 12/30/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

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Appalachian State Mountaineers (6-7) vs Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (5-5)

Game Info: Thursday, December 30, 2021 at 6:30 pm (Holmes Convocation Center)

Betting Odds: Appalachian State Mountaineers -3 -- Over/Under: 135.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Louisiana Ragin Cajuns and Appalachian State Mountaineers face off on Thursday in a college basketball showdown at the Holmes Convocation Center in Boone, North Carolina. When these two teams faced off on January of 2020 it was Louisiana that won 81-73. 

Louisiana comes into this game with a 5-5 record and they have gone 4-3-1 against the spread. Louisiana has lost two games in a row including the last game against Houston. They could only 56 points and that led to the 15 point defeat. Louisiana is averaging 71.2 points while their defense is giving up 69.2 points per game. The Ragin Cajuns top player has been Jordan Brown who is averaging 14.1 points while shooting 47.1 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from behind the three point line. In this game, if Louisiana wants to find success the offense is going to need to be better than it was in the last game. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Appalachian State Mountaineers who sit with a 6-7 record and they have gone 3-6-1 against the spread. In the last game against North Carolina, the offense could only manage 50 points and that led to the 20 point defeat. Appalachian State is averaging 68 points while their defense is giving up 61.5 points per game. Guard Adrian Delph has been the top player for App State averaging 14.9 points while shooting 43.6 percent from the field and 38.1 percent from behind the three-point line. 

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App State is 0-5 against the spread in their last five games played on Thursday. Louisiana is 3-0-1 against the spread in their last four games overall. The under is 4-1 in Louisiana’s last five road games. The under is 4-1 in the Ragin' Cajuns last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.

Appalachian State is a strong defensive team and they are going to slow down Louisiana in this game. I expect Appalachian State will also find enough offensive success on their home court and that will be enough to cover the spread. Back the Mountaineers against the spread. 

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Shane’s Pick Appalachian State -3

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