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Providence vs Rhode Island Pick & Preview: Saturday, December 3rd Betting Odds

Friars vs Rams Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Providence Friars at Rhode Island Rams
  • Where: Kingston at Ryan Center
  • Date: Saturday, December 3rd
  • Betting Odds: Providence -5, PROV -230 | RI +183 O/U 132.5

Friars Preview:

Through 8 games, the Providence Friars have an overall record of 5-3. On the road, the Friars will be playing their 2nd game of the season, having gone 0-2. This season, Providence has been favored to win in 5 games, sitting with a mark of 5-0. For today’s contest, Providence have a betting line set -5 points in their favor.

Bryce Hopkins comes into today’s game as the Friars’ leading scorer at 14.62 points per contest. Not only has Hopkins been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Providence’s top rebounder at 7.75 boards per contest. Behind Hopkins, the team has benefited from the strong play of Devin Carter who is second on the team in scoring at 11.25 points per game. Overall, he has hit 45.3% of his shots and is adding 4.62 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.

Rams Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Providence, the Rhode Island Rams will be taking the floor for the 8th time this season and have an overall record of 2-5. Currently, the Rams have been the home team 6 times, sitting with a record of 2-4. So far, the Rams have been the underdog 3 times, going 0-3 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +5 underdogs on the spread.

Rhode Island will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Ishmael Leggett who is averaging 18.29 points per game for the Rams. Leggett 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 Rams’ offensive gameplan is the play of Brayon Freeman who has hit 35.5% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.5 points per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Rhode Island this season, as they are currently ranked 325th in college basketball at 67.1 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 Rams’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.6%, placing them 277th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Rhode Island Rams +5

In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a home underdog. Coming into the game, the Providence Friars are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -5. However, we anticipate Rhode Island putting up a strong fight and benefiting from playing at home and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Friars as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Rams to cover.

 


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