The No. 17 Xavier Musketeers (21-8, 13-5 Big East) take on the No. 20 Providence Friars (21-8, 13-5) Wednesday at Amica Mutual Pavilion. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET (FS1). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Xavier vs. Providence odds, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.
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The Musketeers defeated Seton Hall 82-60 as 1.5-point road favorites on Friday. Xavier has recorded a 6-4 record in the last 10 games.
The Friars covered as 6.5-point favorites in Sunday’s 88-68 victory on the road. Providence has won 7 of its last 10 contests.
This will be the 2nd meeting between Xavier and Providence this season. The Musketeers escaped with an 85-83 overtime win despite the Friars covering the 4-point spread and the Over connected.
Xavier at Providence odds
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- Moneyline (ML): Xavier +140 (bet $100 to win $140) | Providence -160 (bet $160 to win $100)
- Against the spread (ATS): Xavier +3.5 (-115) | Providence -3.5 (-105)
- Over/Under (O/U): 153.5 (O: -115 | U: -105)
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Xavier at Providence picks and predictions
Providence 82, Xavier 77
This is expected to be a close Big East contest and unless you can get Providence at -150 odds or better, I wouldn’t advise taking the moneyline in this game.
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PROVIDENCE -3.5 (-105) is the lean in this matchup with the Friars being perfect at home (15-0). The Musketeers are also expected to be without their 2nd-leading scorer in F Zach Freemantle.
The Friars are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games and 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games overall.
With how electric these offenses are, OVER 153.5 (-115) is the pick despite it being such a high number. Xavier and Providence average a combined 160.7 points per game and both teams convert 35-plus percent of their 3-point shots.
The Musketeers are 4-1 to the Over in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. The Friars have gone Over in each of their last 4 games overall.
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