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DePaul vs Butler Pick & Preview: Wednesday, January 4th Betting Odds
Blue Demons vs Bulldogs Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: DePaul Blue Demons at Butler Bulldogs
- Where: Indianapolis at Hinkle Fieldhouse
- Date: Wednesday, January 4th
- Betting Odds: DePaul +7.5, DEPAUL +268 | BUTL -347 O/U 139.5
Blue Demons Preview:
DePaul will take the floor against the Bulldogs with an overall record of 7-8. On the road, the Blue Demons will be playing their 8th game of the season, having gone 2-6. So far, the Blue Demons have been the underdog 8 times, going 1-7 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +7.5 underdogs on the spread.
DePaul will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Javan Johnson who is averaging 16.4 points per game for the Blue Demons. Johnson is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Blue Demons’ offensive gameplan is the play of Umoja Gibson who has hit 38.8% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 15.47 points per game.
On offense, DePaul is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.3 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 15 games, they have only hit 31.8% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 34.31% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Through 15 games, the Butler Bulldogs have an overall record of 9-6. Currently, the Bulldogs have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 6-3. The Bulldogs’ are sitting with a betting line that is -7.5 points in their favor. For the season, Butler has been favored to win in 10 games, sitting with a mark of 9-1.
Butler’s leading scorer this season is Chuck Harris who is averaging 13.67 points per contest. So far, Harris has accounted for 19.36% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.13 rebounds per game and 3.0 assists. Manny Bates is the second leading scorer for the Bulldogs, averaging 13.47 points per game. Between him and Bates, they are accounting for 38.4% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Butler this season, as they are currently ranked 411st in college basketball at 63.8 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Bulldogs’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 30.5%, placing them 445th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: DePaul Blue Demons +7.5
In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a road underdog. Coming into the game, the Butler Bulldogs are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -7.5. However, we anticipate DePaul putting up a strong fight and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Bulldogs as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Blue Demons to cover.
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