The Butler Bulldogs (13-13, 6-9 Big East) and St. John’s Red Storm (14-11, 5-8) meet Friday in New York. The contest at Carnesecca Arena is slated to tip-off at 5 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Butler vs. St. John’s odds and lines, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.
Butler downed DePaul 73-71 Tuesday in Chicago. The slow-tempo Bulldogs have scored 158 points over consecutive wins after averaging just 59.7 points per game in going 2-7 from Jan. 16-Feb. 8. That stretch included a 75-72 home loss to this St. John’s team.
St. John’s, conversely, is a fast-paced team. They’re coming off a 86-73 victory at Xavier but had two low-scoring losses prior. The Red Storm averaged 78.6 PPG over five games from Jan. 24 – Feb. 5, but are just 4-8 over their last dozen games. The Storm hasn’t won in four home games since Jan. 16.
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Butler at St. John’s odds, spread and lines
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Money line: Butler +310 (bet $100 to win $310) | St. John’s -410 (bet $410 to win $100)
Against the spread (ATS): Butler +8.5 (-112) | St. John’s -8.5 (-108)
Over/Under (O/U): 141.5 (O: -108 | U: -112)
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Butler at St. John’s odds, lines, picks and predictions
St. John’s 75, Butler 68
Against the spread
The last three games between St. John’s and Butler have been decided by 8 points or fewer. The Bulldogs have made some modest offensive strides of late: covers against the defensively-solid Xavier and Marquette stand out.
BACK BUTLER +8.5 (-112).
The Over is 9-1-1 in the Bulldogs’ last 11 games as underdogs and is 4-1 in the Red Storm’s last five games as favorites.
The Over snuck by in the first meeting between Butler and SJU. With BU’s offensive gains of late and the Red Storm’s pace, BACK THE OVER 141.5 (-108) Friday.
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