Providence vs. Butler - 1/19/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Butler Bulldogs (13-4) at Providence Friars (15-3)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 6:30 pm (Dunkin Donuts Center)
The Line: Providence Friars -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Butler Bulldogs and Providence Friars meet Tuesday night at the Dunkin Donuts Center.
The Butler Bulldogs look for consistency after splitting their last six games. The Butler Bulldogs are averaging 84.2 points on 48.8 percent shooting and allowing 69.9 points on 41.2 percent shooting. Kellen Dunham is averaging 15.8 points and 1.4 assists while Roosevelt Jones is averaging 14.1 points and 7.1 rebounds. Kelan Martin is grabbing 5.9 rebounds and Andrew Chrabascz is dishing 2.1 assists. The Butler Bulldogs are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 73.3 percent from the free throw line. Butler is allowing 32.1 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 13.1 turnovers per game. The Butler Bulldogs have won seven of their last 10 road games.
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The Providence Friars hope to build on their impressive 15-3 start to the season. The Providence Friars are averaging 74.2 points on 43.4 percent shooting and allowing 66.5 points on 42.1 percent shooting. Ben Bentil is averaging 19.2 points and eight rebounds while Kris Dunn is averaging 17.8 points and 6.7 assists. Rodney Bullock is the third double-digit scorer and Jalen Lindsey is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Providence Friars are shooting 31.2 percent from beyond the arc and 71.4 percent from the free throw line. Providence is allowing 31.4 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 14.4 turnovers per game. The Providence Friars have won 15 of their last 20 home games. Quadree Smith is questionable.
The Bulldogs are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Friars are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Bulldogs are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Providence is tough to beat at home and Butler has been shaky as of late. In a toss up game, I have to side with the home team that also has the best player. That's the Friars and Dunn.