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St. John's vs. Providence - 12/28/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Providence Friars (9-4) at St. John's Red Storm (10-2)

College Basketball: Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Carnesecca Arena)

The Line: St. John's Red Storm -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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We have some Big East conference college basketball action on tap as the Providence Friars battle it out with the St. John’s Red Storm.

The Providence Friars will try to find some measure of consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 7 games, including an 89-75 victory over Sacred Heart in their last outing. Rodney Bullock led the team with 31 points on 12 of 24 shooting with 3 triples, and a team-high 8 rebounds and 4 blocks. Isaiah Jackson came next with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists, while Jalen Lindsay chipped in 13 points on 4 of 9 shooting with 6 rebounds, and Kalif Young added 10 points with 6 boards of his own to round out the scoring in double figures for the Friars in the win. Makai Ashton-Langford scored just one point, but added a team-high 8 assists with a pair of steals in the win. Bullock leads the team with an average of 16.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, while Kyron Cartwright leads the team in assists with 5.7 assists per game this season. As a team, Providence is scoring 75.6 points per game on 46.4% shooting from the field, 39.5% from behind the arc and 66.1% from the foul line this season. 

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St. John's vs. Providence - 12/28/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The St. John’s Red Storm will look to stay hot after winning 5 of their last 6 games, including a 77-73 victory over St. Joseph’s in their last outing. Shamorie Ponds led the team with 28 points on 9 of 15 shooting with 7 rebounds and 4 assists, while Bashir Ahmed added 16 points with 3 steals. Justin Simon added 11 points to match his 11 rebounds and team-high 9 assists for the near triple-double in the win to round out the scoring in double figures for the Red Storm in the win. Ponds leads the team in scoring with 20.4 points in addition to a team-leading 4.8 assists per game, while Simon is the team’s leading rebounder with 8.2 boards per game this season. As a team, St. John’s is scoring 74.2 points per game on 41.9% shooting from the field, 32.3% from behind the arc and 75% from the foul line this season.

Providence is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 conference matchups and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record. St. John’s is 10-3 ATS in their last 13 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 conference matchups while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. Providence is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams. 

Providence has had the bulk of the success ATS in this matchup, but the problem with the Friars is that they’ve been downright brutal against the spread this season. St. John’s is still just .500 ATS this season, but they’ve been playing much more consistent basketball as of late, so I’ll back St. John’s to bag a win and cover in this one.

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