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Fordham Rams vs. La Salle Explorers prediction and pick for Thursday's college basketball showdown between the two teams. Lightning Locks joins us to break down the game and give their best bet for this one.
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Fordham Rams vs. La Salle Explorers Prediction: Bank on a Strong Showing at Home From La Salle

Tonight, we have the Fordham Rams and the La Salle Explorers in college basketball action from Tom Gola Arena, in Philadelphia.  Fordham is 7-5 so far this year and coming off a loss to Miami (FL) in their last game.  As for La Salle, they’re sitting at 5-5 and fell to Bucknell in their most recent game, losing by double digits as a favorite.

Fordham vs. La Salle Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

Date: Thursday, December 30

Game Time: 7:00 p.m. ET

Where To Watch: ESPN+

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Fordham vs. La Salle Prediction

These teams are pretty even but Fordham has not been impressive on the road, losing two games and almost dropping a third that they barely won in OT as a 9 point favorite. 

La Salle lost their first home game (in OT) but since then are 5-0. They play great at home, which is a huge advantage in a game like tonight's.

La Salle is led by three guys and each one knows their job. Josh Nickelberry averages 12.8 points a game, Anwar Gill puts up 4 assists, and Christian Ray grabs 7.6 rebounds a game.  Nickelberry is coming off his worst shooting performance of the season and Ray was non-existent in the last game, playing 30 minutes, not scoring and getting 3 rebounds.  These guys will step up tonight.

This game is more of a value game as La Salle lost by double digits and gets to play at home, where they have been great and have to win by a bucket. Meanwhile, Fordham has been awful on the road, lost a tough game to an ACC school and is facing a team who is clicking offensively with 76. 81, 84  points scored in their last three at home.

The La Salle coaches have been all over the players for two weeks now after the Bucknell game. They shouldn't be letting a team shoot 56% from the field and 50% from the 3-point line. You have to improve that, especially when they gave up 65, 55, 74 in the previous three games. 

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With the bad performance in their last game, plus the fact they have been great at home and the fact Fordham hasn't played in almost 3 weeks, the nail in the coffin is that La Salle owns Fordham. The Explorers had won 9 in a row before finally losing the last time they played, giving them a little revenge tonight. 

We feel La Salle is the better team and should win by more than a bucket at home. La Salle is 4-1 in their last five games as home favorites.  La Salle -2 to step up the D tonight and get us a 6-8 point win.

Fordham vs. La Salle Pick

  • PICK: La Salle -2 (-120)

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