Butler Bulldogs vs. Saint Louis Billikens ATS Prediction

Daniel GimenezArticles, Basketball, College Basketball

The Butler Bulldogs (5-1) will travel to Chaifetz Arena to meet the Saint Louis Billikens (5-1). The game starts at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 1, 2018.

Butler Bulldogs vs. Saint Louis Billikens ATS Odds

Both teams beat their last opponent. The Billikens defeated the Central Arkansas Bears 73-61, while the Bulldogs beat the Florida Gators 61-54.

The Bulldogs made 12 of their 17 free throws (70.6 percent) and held the Gators to an effective field goal percentage of 0.423 (below their season average of 0.522). The Billikens, on the other hand, had a phenomenal offensive rebounding percentage of 42.4 (above their season average of 29.5) and had a free throw rate of 0.423 (above their season average of 0.293). Jordan Goodwin had a solid performance for Saint Louis, finishing with 18 points, six rebounds and six assists. Kamar Baldwin, meanwhile was a key piece for Butler with 19 points, six rebounds and five assists.

The Bulldogs won the lone contest between these two teams last year, 75-45. The Bulldogs’ 32.1 offensive rebounding percentage was their largest advantage over the Billikens, who had a mark of 17.9.

The battle on the backboards could prove decisive, pitting strength against strength. Since last season, the Billikens rank 46th in offensive rebounding percentage (33.4 percent), while Butler ranks 45th in defensive rebounding percentage (74.7 percent). Furthermore, the Bulldogs’ 48th-ranked offense (effective field goal percentage of 0.544) will clash against the Billikens’ 57th-ranked defense (effective field goal percentage allowed of 0.482).

Butler at Saint Louis ATS Pick

Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Butler, ATS Winner – Saint Louis, O/U – Over

Betting Notes (2017-Present):

  • Butler ranks 115th in three pointers attempted per game (23.2) while Saint Louis ranks 308th (17.4).
  • The Bulldogs rank 132nd in assists per game (14.1) while the Billikens rank 254th (12.3).
  • Butler ranks 27th in steals allowed per game (5.1) while Saint Louis ranks 77th (5.6).
  • The Billikens rank 37th in blocks per game (4.6) while the Bulldogs rank 207th (2.8).
  • Saint Louis ranks 109th in rebounds per game (36.7) while Butler ranks 241st (34.0).