Butler Bulldogs vs Providence Friars Prediction, Picks and Game Preview - 01/25/2023

by Rod Pearson

Game Time: 8:30 pm ET, Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Venue:  Amica Mutual Pavilion, Providence, RI
Where to Watch:  Fox Sports 1


Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Butler +9.5, Providence -9.5; Over/Under:  139 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  Butler +9.5, Providence -9.5; Over/Under:  139 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Butler +9.5, Providence -9.5; Over/Under:  139 points

Season Record

Butler Bulldogs:  11-10 (3-7) (10th place, Big East)
Providence Friars:  15-5 (7-2) (3rd place, Big East)

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Butler Bulldogs:  1-4  last 5
Providence Friars:  3-2  last 5


Butler Bulldogs vs Providence Friars Preview and Analysis


Butler is coming into this game with an 11-10 record overall and they are 2-5 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. They are also 3-7 in their conference games this season as well. They are entering this game on a 2 game losing streak with losses coming against the Creighton Bluejays and the UConn Huskies in their last game. Chuck Harris led the team in points in that game with 16 while Simas Lukosius was next on the team with 12 points. Chuck Harris led the team in assists in that game with 3 while Simas Lukosius led the team in rebounds with 6. They were 32.7% from the field, 31.6% from 3-point range, and 100% from the free throw line with their shooting in that game. Their offense is averaging 68.4 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 67.5 PPG against them. Butler has an ATS record of 9-10-2 this season and their O/U record is 8-11-2.


Providence is coming into this game with a 15-5 record overall and they are 11-0 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. They are also 7-2 in their conference schedule this season as well. They are entering this game off of a win against the DePaul Blue Demons in their last game. Noah Locke led the team in points in that game with 29 while Bryce Hopkins was next on the team with 20 points. Devin Carter led the team in assists in that game with 5 while Bryce Hopkins led the team in rebounds with 11. They were 45.9% from the field, 43.5% from 3-point range, and 75% from the free throw line with their shooting in that game. Their offense is averaging 78.8 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 68.8 PPG against them. Providence has an ATS record of 12-8 this season and their O/U record is 10-10.



Butler vs Providence Prediction

The current betting odds have Providence listed as a 9.5 point favorite in this game according to Draftkings Sportsbook. Providence enters this game as a ranked team and they have been having a great year with their 15-5 record overall and their perfect 11-0 home record too. They have been great against conference opponents too with their 7-2 conference record and they just bounced back big in their last game after a bit of a rough stretch. Butler has been having a terrible season as they are one of the worst teams in the Big East with their 11-10 record overall and they have been terrible in their road games too with a 2-5 road record. They are just 3-7 in their conference play and have lost 2 games in a row entering this one, but they are also coming off a 30 point loss to UConn in their last game and have been getting blown out in a lot of their games lately. Butler has been one of those bad teams that the better teams in the conference beat up on all season and this is going to be a game where the better team beats up on the bad team here on their home court. The best way to place a bet here is on Providence to cover the spread in this game.

Butler Providence Prediction:  Our NCAAB Pick for Wednesday, January 25, 2023 (8:30 pm ET start time) is Providence 74 Butler 58.
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NCAAB Betting Trends


Butler Bulldogs: 1-9 ATS as an underdog. 1-7 ATS revenging a loss vs opponent. 9-2 OVER as a road underdog of 9.5 to 12 points.
Providence Friars: 22-14 ATS when the total is 130 to 139.5. 28-14 ATS after playing a game as favorite. 21-6 OVER as a home favorite of 9.5 to 12 points.

Key Injuries


Butler Bulldogs:  M. Bates (C) Ques Wed - Knee. J. Mulloy (F) Out indefinitely - Ankle.
Providence Friars:  J. Bynum (G) Ques Wed - Abdominal. Q. Berry (G) 0ut indefinitely - Undisclosed.

Notable Quotes


"I was more trying to figure out how we could put the ball into the basket. We didn't have it today. Some of the shots we were giving up, the lack of communication on defense, lack of awareness on defense. You can't play a team like UConn and have that, there's no question about it." - Thad Matta after his team’s loss against UConn in their last game.

"The Big East is very, very deep coming out of Creighton and Marquette, two very hostile environments. Coming home to feel the love from our crowd here is just phenomenal." - Ed Cooley on coming back home for this game against Butler.


Starting Lineups


Butler Bulldogs
M. Bates 
C. Harris 
E. Hunter 
S. Lukosius 
J. Taylor

Providence Friars
J. Bynum 
D. Carter 
E. Croswell 
B. Hopkins 
N. Locke

Statistical Leaders


Butler Bulldogs
PPG: M. Bates (12.6)
APG: S. Lukosius (2.9)
Reb/G: M. Bates (5.9)

Providence Friars
PPG: B. Hopkins (16.6)
APG: J. Bynum (4.4)
Reb/G: B. Hopkins (9.3)

Coaches:
Butler Bulldogs: Thad Matta (1st season)
Providence Friars: Ed Cooley (12th season)


Rod Pearson

About the Author:

Rod Pearson has been a rabid sports fan his entire life.  He grew up in Ontario, and was skilled in both hockey and baseball, and pitched in an elite baseball league for many years.  In 2022, Rod decided to hang up his glove, so that he could write about the sports he loves -- but from a gambling perspective.  Join Rod every day as he breaks down the games to find the best betting value.

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