Check out our free Providence vs DePaul pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Chicago. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Providence vs DePaul Pick & Preview: Sunday, January 1st Betting Odds
Friars vs Blue Demons Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Providence Friars at DePaul Blue Demons
- Where: Chicago at Wintrust Arena
- Date: Sunday, January 1st
- Betting Odds: Providence -5.5, PROV -240 | DEPAUL +192 O/U 149.5
The Providence will take the floor in today’s game in the middle of a 6 game win streak and have an overall record of 11-3. On the road, the Friars will be playing their 5th game of the season, having gone 3-2. This season, Providence has been favored to win in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 9-0. For today’s contest, Providence have a betting line set -5.5 points in their favor.
Bryce Hopkins comes into today’s game as the Friars’ leading scorer at 15.93 points per contest. Not only has Hopkins been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Providence’s top rebounder at 9.57 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 13.29 points per game. Overall, he has hit 64.1% of his shots and is adding 6.86 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.
Blue Demons Preview:
DePaul will take the floor against the Friars with an overall record of 7-7. Currently, the Blue Demons have been the home team 6 times, sitting with a record of 5-1. So far, the Blue Demons have been the underdog 7 times, going 1-6 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +5.5 underdogs on the spread.
DePaul will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Javan Johnson who is averaging 16.79 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 39.6% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 15.86 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 14 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.
Free Spread Prediction: Providence Friars -5.5
Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Providence Friars to pick up the win and cover the spread as -5.5 point betting favorites. Although Providence as a team is just 252nd in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Blue Demons’ defense. In addition, the Friars have made bettors money who have taken them to cover on the road, as they are 7-3 (last 10). At -5.5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Friars to come out on top and cover.
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