Mount Saint Mary’s Mountaineers at Saint Francis (PA) Red Flash Pick - Odds and ATS Predictions

January 3, 7:00 PM EST

Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Saint Francis (PA) -9.5

The Saint Francis (PA) Red Flash (4-7) host the Mount Saint Mary’s Mountaineers (3-10) in a pivotal Northeast Conference collision on Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 with a tip-off time of 7:00 PM ET. The Mountaineers come into this contest riding a seven-game winning streak against their conference rivals. Most recently, the two sides met in February of 2018 where Mount Saint Mary’s edged out Saint Francis by a score of 59-56.

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Mount Saint Mary’s Mountaineers at Saint Francis (PA) Red Flash Overview

Mount Saint Mary’s Mountaineers

The Mountaineers come into this contest on the heels of a 71-53 loss at Minnesota on December 30th which snapped a three-game winning streak for the NEC power. Despite posting a losing record on their campaign, Mount has been a cash cow against the spread as of late generating four consecutive covers in previous four markets.

Saint Francis (PA) Red Flash

The opposite has been the case with the Red Flash who has failed to produce a cover in their previous four markets. Most recently, Saint Francis found itself on the losing end of an 88-76 result when they traveled to Lehigh University on December 22nd. The Red Flash were just a seven-point underdog at the final bell before tip-off.

Reasons To Avoid Mount Saint Mary’s

In terms of NEC supremacy, the Mountaineers remain at the top of the list as they have qualified for the Men’s Basketball Tournament and won the league in two of the past five seasons. By recognition of their name alone here, the Mountaineers will see plenty of looks with points tossed in as they appear to be easy here with the points. With the winning streak against the Red Flash factored in, the Mountaineers could easily be overvalued here as an underdog even if the points seem more than generous. Under other circumstances, the Mount may actually be taking back more points had they not been hot against the spread combined with their namesake and dominance against the Red Flash. This is where Saint Francis takers can take advantage.

Reasons To Back Saint Francis (PA)

Though Saint Francis has an eyesore record to glance at, it must be mentioned that all four of their victories this season came at home where they remain undefeated on their own court. The Red Flash have been hungry to get the Mountaineers off their back as they have a significant factor in separating them from their NEC aspirations. When you combine the home court advantage, motivation, and enhanced rest, by comparison, the Red Flash are rightfully favored here. When Saint Francis' deeper bench, better turnover ratio, and an edge on the boards are weighed out the margin of points they are laying is fully justified.

Mount Saint Mary’s at Saint Francis (PA) Prediction 01/03/2019

The Red Flash made it as far as the 2017 NEC Championship before the Mount struck them down and ended their March Madness dreams. The good news is with conference play comes a new season, and the Red Flash could cast aside their poor record against the 12th ranked schedule regarding strength and start off their NEC campaign on a high note. Given the fact they are favored considerably here, there is no to suspect that they won't and should win this one by a considerable margin given all their advantages.

Free Pick: 
Take Saint Francis (PA) -9.5
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