Providence vs. Creighton - 12/31/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Creighton Bluejays (9-4) at Providence Friars (10-3)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Dunkin Donuts Center)
The Line: Providence Friars -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX Sports 1
The Creighton Bluejays and Providence Friars play Wednesday night at the Dunkin Donuts Center.
The Creighton Bluejays have split their last eight games and are playing their fourth true road contest. On the season, Creighton is averaging 72.2 points on 43.2 percent shooting and is allowing 64.5 points on 42 percent shooting. Austin Chatman is averaging 13.9 points and 4.6 assists while Isaiah Zierden is averaging 12.2 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Devin Brooks is grabbing 5.2 rebounds and Toby Hegner is shooting 43.2 percent shooting. The Creighton Bluejays have five players averaging at least seven points, and they’re shooting 74.8 percent from the free throw line and 34.8 percent from downtown. Defensively, Creighton is forcing 12.3 turnovers per game and is allowing teams to shoot 37.8 percent from deep. Creighton has allowed 66 or less points in eight of its last 12 games.
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The Providence Friars have won four straight games and play their first contest in nine days. On the season, Providence is averaging 70.6 points on 45.8 percent shooting and is allowing 61.7 points on 41.6 percent shooting. LaDontae Henton is averaging 20 points and 5.3 rebounds while Kris Dunn is averaging 13.3 points and seven assists. Tyler Harris is the third player averaging double-digit points and Carson Desrosiers is grabbing 5.2 rebounds. The Providence Friars are a defensive minded team that’s forcing more than 14 turnovers per game and holding teams to 28.8 percent shooting from deep. Offensively, Providence is shooting 69.9 percent from the line and 33 percent from beyond the arc.
The Bluejays are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Friars are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 10-3-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall.
Providence is a different team at home and seems to have found its groove again. I'm just not a big fan of this Creighton team at the moment. Give me the Friars and the chalk.