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Providence favored by -5.5 against Butler on Tuesday

Butler BulldogsProvidence Friars
10-7January 21, 2014, 09:00 | Dunkin Donuts Center13-5

Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Butler when they take on the Providence Friars on Tuesday in college hoops betting action.

The Bulldogs will look to vanquish their hosts on Tuesday, as they are 9-7 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Friars are 8-8-1 ATS. Butler is 8-8 against the total, while Providence is 8-9 versus the number.

View Butler Bulldogs vs Providence Friars Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Friars installed as -5.5-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 101-rated Butler taking on the No. 77-rated Friars in this contest.

Butler was a 69-57 winner in their most recent outing at home against Marquette. They covered the 1-point spread as favorites. Butler got 18 points from Khyle Marshall en route to a 69-57 victory over Marquette on Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Providence won its last outing, an 81-68 result against Creighton on January 18. They covered in that game as a 4-point underdog. Providence got 23 points from Bryce Cotton en route to an 81-68 victory over Creighton on Saturday at Dunkin Donuts Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Providence's No. 125-ranked offense, averaging 73 PPG, against a Bulldogs defense that ranks No. 87 at 67.72 PPG. The Friars field goal percentage has averaged 41.5% so far, less than the Bulldogs marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.87% per game.

A few Bulldogs at Friars trends to consider:
Butler is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Butler is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Butler's last 6 games
Providence is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Providence is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Providence's last 5 games
Providence is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Butler home to St. John's, Saturday, January 25th
Providence at Xavier, Saturday, January 25th