Xavier vs. Providence Pick – Basketball Predictions & Odds 2/1/23
Providence Friars (17-5) vs. Xavier Musketeers (17-5)
February 1, 2023 6:30 pm EDT
The Line: Xavier Musketeers -3.5 / Providence Friars +3.5; Over/Under: +152.5
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The Providence Friars and the Xavier Musketeers meet in college basketball action from the Cintas Center on Wednesday night. Let’s dive into the odds, injuries, matchup history and make a prediction for this game.
Xavier is listed as a 3.5-point home favorite with a ML price of -180. The total for this game is set at 152.5 points.
For Providence, Quante Berry is out indefinitely with an undisclosed injury, while Xavier will be without Zach Freemantle until early March with a foot issue.
Providence’s 99-92 OT win back on February 23rd, 2022, made it three straight wins for the Friars in this matchup.
Providence is 12-2 ATS in their last 14 games overall and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games following a win. Xavier is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600 while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games following a loss.
I’m leaning towards Xavier here. This is purely a situational spot as we’ve seen Providence do well against lesser teams on the road, but when they faced teams higher in the pecking order like Marquette and Creighton, the Friars got into trouble. Xavier is looking to rebound and have taken down some tough customers at home and I think this game is no different. Give me the Musketeers.