Check out our free Providence vs Butler pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Indianapolis. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

Providence vs Butler Pick & Preview: Thursday, December 29th Betting Odds

Friars vs Bulldogs Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Providence Friars at Butler Bulldogs
  • Where: Indianapolis at Hinkle Fieldhouse
  • Date: Thursday, December 29th
  • Betting Odds: Providence +1.5, PROV +104 | BUTL -127 O/U 141.5

Friars Preview:

Through 13 games, the Providence Friars have an overall record of 10-3. On the road, the Friars will be playing their 4th game of the season, having gone 2-2. So far, the Friars have been the underdog 4 times, going 1-3 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +1.5 underdogs on the spread.

Bryce Hopkins comes into today’s game as the Friars’ leading scorer at 16.69 points per contest. Not only has Hopkins been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Providence’s top rebounder at 9.69 boards per contest. Behind Hopkins, the team has benefited from the strong play of Ed Croswell who is second on the team in scoring at 13.15 points per game. Overall, he has hit 63.6% of his shots and is adding 6.62 boards per game.

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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.

Bulldogs Preview:

The Butler Bulldogs head into today’s game in what will be their 14th game of the season, posting a record of 8-5. So far this season, Butler has played 8 games at home, sitting with a record of 6-2. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Bulldogs as the -1.5 point favorites. The Bulldogs have been favored 8 times, going 8-0 straight up.

Butler’s leading scorer this season is Chuck Harris who is averaging 14.23 points per contest. So far, Harris has accounted for 19.96% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.15 rebounds per game and 2.77 assists. Manny Bates is the second leading scorer for the Bulldogs, averaging 13.46 points per game. Between him and Bates, they are accounting for 38.8% 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: Providence Friars +1.5

After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have Butler as the favorites with a line coming in at -1.5. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the Providence Friars to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with Butler at 6.94 made 3’s per game compared to Providence at 7.3. Look for Providence to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Bulldogs.

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