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Providence Friars vs. Butler Bulldogs Point Spread Pick

Time: 6 PM EST Sunday February 23, 2014, FOXS1

Location: Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana

The Butler Bulldogs host the Providence Friars in a Big East match up.

In their last games: Providence lost to Villanova 82-79 in 2 OT and Butler lost to St. John’s 77-52.

In their near upset of Villanova Providence did not shoot the ball well and what cost them was their 19 turnovers.

In their blowout loss to St. John’s the Bulldogs were ice cold shooting with a FG% of 31.7% and they only hit 4 of their 22 3-pointers.

Earlier this season at Providence the Friars beat the Bulldogs 65-56.

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After a solid start to Big East play Providence has lost 4 of their last 5 games.

The Bulldogs are only 2-12 in Big East play and they have lost 5 in a row.

Butler has to play good defense in this game to win, as they only rank 241st in the nation in points per game.

This season Butler is 7-6 at home and Providence is 3-5 on the road.

Betting Odds

Point Spread: – Butler -1
Total Line: 128.5
Money Line: Friars -103 / Bulldogs -117

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Providence Friars: 17-10 SU 13-13 ATS
Butler Bulldogs: 12-14 SU 11-12-1 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• PROV is 4-9 ATS in their last 13 road games.
• PROV is 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record.
• PROV has an Over record of 5-1 in their last 6 games.
• BUT is 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
• BUT is 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
• BUT has an Under record of 7-2 in their last 9 games.

Sagarin Power Rankings
Providence Friars: 81.64
Butler Bulldogs: 76.97

Key Player Injuries

Friars
[G] 12/04/2013 – Kris Dunn out for season ( Shoulder )
[G] 12/26/2013 – Brandon Austin out for season ( Suspension )
[F] 12/26/2013 – Rodney Bullock out for season ( Suspension )

BULLDOGS
[G] 02/15/2014 – Rene Castro has left team ( Personal )
[G] 11/08/2013 – Roosevelt Jones out for season ( Wrist )
[G] 11/07/2013 – Andrew Smeathers has left team ( Personal )

Point Spread Pick:

Take Butler -1.
Bet this game at and Lay -105 instead of -110 on this game!

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