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St. John's vs. Providence - 2/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Providence at St. John's
Date & Time Saturday February 9, 2019, 12:00 PM (EST)
Location
Madison Square Garden
New York, NY
The Line
St. John's Red Storm -7 -- Over/Under: 146
TV Channel
CBS Sports Network
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The Providence Friars will travel to Madison Square Garden to take on the St. John’s Red Storm this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Providence Friars lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 13-10 (3-7 Big East) on the season after being defeated by the Georgetown Hoyas, 76-67, this past Wednesday. Providence had trouble generating offense against a Hoyas team that has given up points all season and couldn’t fight back after Georgetown took a 68-57 lead with 4:35 left in regulation. Providence shot just 37.3% from the field and 18.2% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Friars was Alpha Diallo who had 22 points, 6 rebounds, and a steal.

On the season, Providence is averaging 72.1 ppg on 42.4% shooting from the field. The Friars are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 33.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Providence has been led by Alpha Diallo (17.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.8 spg), A.J. Reeves (11.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.0 spg), Nate Watson (10.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg), Isaiah Jackson (8.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.4 spg).

Defensively, Providence is allowing their opponents to average 69.1 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field. The Friars have a rebound margin of 1.4 and a turnover margin of 1.9.

The St. John’s Red Storm  improved to 17-6 (5-5 Big East) on the season after upsetting the Marquette Golden Eagles, 70-69, this past Tuesday. St. John’s allowed Marquette to fight back and take a 69-68 lead late after being up by as many as 15-points in the 2nd half, however, the Red Storm was able to hold on for the win after Shamorie Ponds made the game-winning lay-up with just :16 seconds left in regulation. St. John’s held Marquette to just 40.7% shooting from the field and 30.8% shooting from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Red Storm was Shamorie Ponds who had 28 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.

On the season, St. John’s is averaging 80.7 ppg on 47.0% shooting from the field. The Red Storm are averaging 9.2 three-pointers per game on 37.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, St. John’s has been led by Shamorie Ponds (20.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 5.5 apg, 2.8 spg), Mustapha Heron (15.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.0 spg), LJ Figueroa (14.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.8 spg), and Justin Simon (10.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.3 spg).

Defensively, St. John’s is allowing their opponents to average 73.7 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field. The Red Storm have a rebound margin of -3.0 and a turnover margin of 4.4.

The Friars are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games after an ATS loss, however, just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.

Providence has lost 4 of their last 6 games and although their defense has been solid as the Friars currently rank 126th in scoring defense, Providence has struggled offensively as they rank just 205th in scoring offense & 279th in FG%.

St. John’s has split their last 6 games and although their defense can give up points as they rank just 239th in scoring defense, the Red Storm have on of the more explosive offenses in the Big East as they currently rank 35th in scoring offense, 67th in FG%, and 49th in 3P-FG%.

Providence has really struggled offensively during their 3-game losing streak as the Friars have averaged just 61.7 ppg and although the Red Storm can give up some points, I’m not convinced that the Friars will be able to do enough at Madison Square Garden to keep up with the high power offense of the Red Storm. St. John’s is coming off a huge win and as I think the Red Storm will be able to pull away in the 2nd half, I’m taking St. John’s to cover this mid-range home spread.

Pick:
St. John's Red Storm -7

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