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DePaul at Providence odds, picks and prediction

The DePaul Blue Demons (12-10, 3-9 Big East) and No. 11 Providence Friars (20-2, 10-1) meet Saturday at Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, R.I. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the DePaul vs. Providence odds and lines, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.

DePaul defeated Georgetown 82-74 Wednesday and has won back-to-back games after going just 1-9 from Dec. 29-Jan. 29. DePaul had all kinds of shooting problems during that rough 10-game stretch and has for much of the season. The team with a 43.5% mark for the season shot a robust 51.7% Wednesday versus the Hoyas.

The Friars defeated the Blue Demons 70-53 Jan. 1. They would lose to Marquette the following game (Jan. 4) but have won seven in a row since. Just a slightly above-average shooting team, Providence is nonetheless solid on offense due to steady rebounding and a tremendous ability to get to the charity stripe. The Friars have gotten to the line 30 times in a game twice during their win streak.

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DePaul at Providence odds, spread and lines

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  • Money line: DePaul +360 (bet $100 to win $360) | Providence -500 (bet $500 to win $100)
  • Against the spread (ATS): DePaul +9.5 (-115) | Providence -9.5 (-107)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 134.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)

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DePaul at Providence odds, lines, picks and predictions

Prediction

Providence 69, DePaul 61

Money line

The first meeting between these clubs in Chicago was a boat race, with Providence holding DePaul to a 27.8% mark on 2-point attempts. This tag isn’t too far out of whack: consider a small-unit play on PROVIDENCE (-500).

Against the spread

The Friars are much the best here, perhaps by a three-to-four-possession margin. However, this is too high a bar for profit: PASS.

Over/Under

The Under is 5-1 in DePaul’s last six games. The faster-tempo Blue Demons have been dragged into Unders every game against the Big East’s slower teams (UConn, Villanova, Providence, Butler), and their own pace numbers are highly influenced by their November- December non-conference games.

BACK THE UNDER 134.5 (-110) on a slight-to-moderate lean.

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