Providence vs. Creighton Pick
Can No. 25 Creighton bounce back at home this afternoon when it takes on Providence at 2:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Creighton is favored at home today, as the Bluejays are getting odds of -8.5 points against Providence. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 155.5 points. Today’s game takes place from CenturyLink Center Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska and air live on FS1.
Providence has won its last two games, including a 94-72 victory at St. John’s earlier this week. The Friars are now 10-4 overall and just 3-9 against the spread. They have failed to cover in six of their last seven lined games. Providence is averaging 76.9 points per game while allowing 70.4 per contest on defense. Rodney Bullock is averaging 17 points and 6.5 rebounds per game to lead the team while Alpha Diallo is adding 10.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
Creighton is coming off a 90-84 loss at Seton Hall earlier this week. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Bluejays, who are now 10-3 on the season. They are 7-5 against the spread this season, alternating between covers and no covers in their last 10. Creighton is averaging 91.7 points per game on offense while allowing 73 per game on defense. Marcus Foster is averaging 19.1 points per game to lead the team despite battling a knee injury. Khyri Thomas is adding 15.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
The road team has won three straight meetings in this series and covered the spread in five of the last six. Providence is actually 6-2 against the spread in the last eight in this series. Providence has been able to rise up in conference play over the last year, going 9-2 against the spread in their last 11 Big East games. The public betting is strongly with Creighton, but I think this game will be a grind for the Bluejays.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: PROVIDENCE +8.5