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Villanova at Providence odds, picks and prediction

The No. 10 Villanova Wildcats (19-6, 12-3 Big East) meet the No. 9 Providence Friars (21-2, 11-1) in a Tuesday top-10 showdown. The contest at the Dunkin Donuts Center is slated to tip off at 8 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Villanova vs. Providence odds and lines, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.

Villanova defeated Seton Hall 73-67 Saturday and has won three straight games and six of its last seven. The Wildcats shot just 41.7% from the field, but they prevailed by posting a plus-6 in the turnover exchange and hauling down their most offensive rebounds (13) since Jan. 1. A usually strong shooting VU squad has posted sub-47% figures in five of its last six games.

The Friars snuck by Big East 10th-place DePaul 76-73 in a Saturday overtime contest at home. Providence essentially trailed for 38 minutes before leveling the score and eventually winning in OT. Providence kept alive a win streak with the victory: The Friars have won eight in a row since losing their only Big East game Jan. 4 at Marquette.

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Villanova at Providence odds, spread and lines

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  • Money line: Villanova -205 (bet $205 to win $100) | Providence +165 (bet $100 to win $165)
  • Against the spread (ATS): Villanova -4.5 (-108) | Providence +4.5 (-112)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 132.5 (O: -107 | U: -115)

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Villanova at Providence odds, lines, picks and predictions

Prediction

Villanova 67, Providence 61

Money line

PASS for now, but consider a line watch. Villanova sports the much better offense, and a price south of -190 is worth a look.

Against the spread

The Friars are 0-4 ATS in their last four home games. The favorite is 5-2 ATS in the last seven VU-PC series games.

The Wildcats’ ability from the perimeter and their frequency of launching 3’s are key while being effective on the offensive glass, blind spots for this Friars squad.

Providence also hasn’t played as tough a schedule as Villanova.

TAKE VILLANOVA -4.5 (-108).

Over/Under

These are two of the slowest-tempo fives in an otherwise fast league. The Under 132.5 (-115) is a slight lean, but there are enough cross signals to keep this one out of profit’s reach. AVOID.

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