The Providence Friars (3-1) will be at home in Dunkin Donuts Center when they take on the Belmont Bruins (4-1). Providence is a 9.5-point favorite on the opening line, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 152.5 points. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.
Belmont Bruins vs. Providence Friars Betting Preview
The Bruins defeated the Seattle Redhawks in their last game, 90-77. Austin Luke was the games leading scorer with 26 points on 9-for-12 shooting. Belmont played a nearly flawless game. They had a fantastic effective field goal percentage of 0.722 (above their season average of 0.536) and a free throw rate of 0.222 (matching their season average). For those same stats, Seattle was 0.550 and 0.183, respectively.
In the Friars last matchup, they dismantled the Saint Louis Billikens, 90-63. With 15 points on 4-for-6 shooting, Rodney Bullock was Providences high scorer. Providence dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a fantastic effective field goal percentage of 0.710 (above their season average of 0.561) and a free throw rate of 0.380 (above their season average of 0.311). Saint Louis put up marks of 0.400 and 0.345, respectively, for those same stats.
It could be a tough game for Providence on the offensive glass. Dating back to the 2016-17 season, the Friars rank 278th in offensive rebounding percentage (26.7 percent), while Belmont ranks 22nd in defensive rebounding percentage (75.1 percent).
The Bruins are 26-7 straight up (SU) and 17-14-1 against the spread (ATS) since last season. Vegas has been highly precise when predicting totals of Belmont games since last year, with an even split between overs and unders.
The Friars, on the other hand, are 23-13 SU and 21-15 ATS since last season. Over that same time frame, Providences games have had a tendency to finish over the O/U total (50.0 percent).
Belmont Bruins at Providence Friars ATS Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Providence, ATS Winner – Providence, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Bruins rank 38th in assists per game (15.9) while the Friars rank 91st (14.7).
- Providence ranks 175th in blocks per game (3.1) while Belmont ranks 227th (2.6).
- Belmont ranks fourth in three pointers attempted per game (29.9) while Providence ranks 244th (19.0).
- The Friars rank 103rd in steals per game (6.7) while the Bruins rank 278th (4.3).
- Belmont ranks 44th in rebounds allowed per game (32.7) while Providence ranks 144th (34.8).