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Butler vs Providence Odds, Lines, and Spread (Jan. 23)

John Perrotto

by John Perrotto in College Basketball

Jan 22, 2022 · 11:50 PM PST

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Providence's Ed Croswell (5) slam dunks past the defense of Georgetown's Donald Carey (13) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
  • Providence is a 9.5-point home favorite over Butler on Sunday
  • Providence leads the Big East with a 5-1 record in conference play
  • A look at matchup and odds can be found below with a pick

#21 Providence will try to stay in first place in the Big East when it hosts Butler at 12:00 p.m. ET Sunday at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Providence (15-2/5-1 Big East/11-0 home) has won back-to-back games and 10 of its last 11. The Friars beat Georgetown 83-75 on Thursday following an 11-day pause because of a COVID-19 outbreak within the program.

Butler (9-9/2-5 Big East 2-2 road) in on a three-game losing streak and dropped five of their six, including 75-56 to #25 Connecticut on Thursday at home.

In a game that will be televised by FS1, Providence is a sizable favorite.

Butler vs Providence Odds

Team Moneyline Spread Total
Butler +360 +9.5 (-120) Over 126.5 (-115)
Providence -480 -9.5 (-102) Under 126.5 (-105)

Odds as of January 22nd at FanDuel.

Providence is a 9.5-point favorite and has an implied win probability of 82.76% based on having -480 moneyline odds.

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Butler Betting Outlook

Butler’s 19-point loss to UConn is a little deceptive. The Bulldogs led 28-24 at halftime and were down just 57-52 with 4:18 left before the Huskies finished the game on an 18-4 run.

Sophomore guard Chuck Harris led Butler with 16 points off the bench. Despite being a reserve, Harris is the only Bulldogs player with a double-figure scoring average at 10.2.

Freshman guard Jayden Taylor is averaging 9.7 and senior forward Bryce Golden has a 9.2 average.

Senior guard Aaron Thompson added 10 points and five assists on Thursday.

Butler shot 38.0% (19 of 50) from the field and made just 4 of 19 (21.1%) shots from three-point range. The Bulldogs also were outrebounded 39-25.

Butler held UConn to 29% shooting in building the four-point halftime lead. However, the Huskies shot 67% in the second half to rally for the win.

Against the spread, Butler is a miserable 5-13. It is 2-2 in road games.

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Providence Betting Outlook

Balance has been the key to Providence’s offense this season and that was the case again Thursday when four Friars scored in double figures in the win over Georgetown.

Senior guard Al Durham and senior forward Ed Croswell each had 15 points. Durham was a perfect 8 for 8 from the free throw line and Croswell was 7 of 7 from the field on his way to season high in scoring.

Durham, a transfer from Indiana, notched his fifth consecutive double-digit scoring game while raising his season average to 13.4. He is also dishing 3.1 assists a game.

Senior forward Noah Horchler finished with 14 points and seven rebounds. He made 4 of 7 shots from long distance.

Horchler is having a fine all-round season with averages of 10.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists.

Senior center Nate Watson is Providence’s leading scorer at 13.8 points a game and had 10 points a game. Watson is also pulling down 6.1 boards on average.

Senior guard A.J. Reeves missed his third straight game with a finger injury and is questionable for Sunday.

Providence shot 52.9% (27 of 51), including 47.4% (9 of 19) on threes.

The Friars took a 13-0 lead and never trailed as Georgetown missed its first 11 shots. The Hoyas closed the gap to 37-34 at halftime before Providence started the second half on an 11-2 run to make it 48-36.

The one negative for Providence was Georgetown shooting 56.5% (13 of 23) on three-pointers.

Providence is 11-6 ATS, including 7-4 at home.

Butler vs Providence Pick

The teams have split their last four meetings, though Providence rolled to a 71-55 on Dec. 30, 2020 at home in the most recent matchup.

Watson had 18 points and six rebounds for the Friars and Reeves contributed 12 points and five boards. Harris scored 10 points for the Bulldogs.

In a game with teams trending in oppositive directions, go with Providence to continue to be money ATS.

  • The Pick: Providence 9.5 (-102)
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