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Merrimack College vs Providence Pick & Preview: Wednesday, November 23rd Betting Odds

Warriors vs Friars Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Merrimack College Warriors at Providence Friars
  • Where: Providence at Amica Mutual Pavilion
  • Date: Wednesday, November 23rd
  • Betting Odds: Merrimack College +20.5, MERRI +1550 | PROV -4500 O/U 133.5

Warriors Preview:

Merrimack College will be looking to pick up a win in today’s game vs Providence in order to snap their current 3 game losing streak. On the road, the Warriors will be playing their 4th games of the season, having gone 0-4. So far, the Warriors have been the underdog 4 times, going 0-4 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +20.5 underdogs on the spread.

Merrimack College’s leading scorer this season is Ziggy Reid who is averaging 12.6 points per contest. So far, Reid has accounted for 20.86% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.0 rebounds per game and 1.8 assists. Jordan Derkack is the second leading scorer for the Warriors, averaging 10.4 points per game. Between him and Derkack, they are accounting for 38.1% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Merrimack College this season, as they are currently ranked 446th in college basketball at 61.4 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 Warriors’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.1%, placing them 319th in the NCAA.

Friars Preview:

Providence heads into this matchup having played 5 games and have an overall record sitting at 3-2. Currently, the Friars have been the home team 4 times, sitting with a record of 3-1. The Friars’ are sitting with a betting line that is -20.5 points in their favor. For the season, Providence has been favored to win in 3 games, sitting with a mark of 3-0.

Bryce Hopkins comes into today’s game as the Friars’ leading scorer at 16.0 points per contest. Not only has Hopkins been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Providence’s top rebounder at 8.4 boards per contest. Behind Hopkins, the team has benefited from the strong play of Jared Bynum who is second on the team in scoring at 12.4 points per game. Overall, he has hit 36.8% of his shots and is adding 2.6 boards per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Providence this season, as they are currently ranked 179th in college basketball at 71.8 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 Friars’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.3%, placing them 225th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Providence Friars -20.5

When it comes to getting a bet down for this game, our model points to Providence coming away with both a straight up and ATS win over Merrimack College as -20.5 point favorites. Providence should feel comfortable with the pace of this game, as Merrimack College also prefers to slow the game down. In addition, we like how the Friars’ have been peforming well when favored to win, as they have made bettors money of late. In Providence’s previous 5 games as the favorite, they are 4-1 vs the spread. We will be riding that trend and cashing in on the Providence Friars to win and cover vs Merrimack College.

 


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