Massachusetts Minutemen (5-4) vs Providence Friars (7-2)Date : 12/07/2018
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Massachusetts Minutemen vs Providence Friars
The UMass Minutemen will travel to Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island, to battle the Providence Friars on Friday night at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard time. The UMass Minutemen come into this game losers of two of their last three games, overall, as they fell to the Holy Cross Crusaders in their last time out due to an 82 – 78 score as UMass hit 10 three-pointers for the game yet shot 41% from the floor during the contest while allowing the Crusaders to shoot 54% on the night en route to the loss.
The Providence Friars are winners of four straight games as they picked up a huge road overtime win over the Boston College Eagles in their last outing thanks to a balanced scoring attack led by AJ Reeves, who went 4-9 from three-point range while ending with 24 points to lead Providence in scoring.
Massachusetts Minutemen 's Latest Performance :
As stated, the defense for the Minutemen has also been solid lately as they have not allowed seventy or more points in four of their last six games, overall. On the other hand, the offense for the Minutemen is averaging 87 points in their last five outings. Lawane Pipkins leads the team in scoring with 20 points per game along with seven assists as he led the charge versus the Holy Cross Crusaders in the last outing for UMass in putting up 22 points along with eight assists as he struggled in shooting 6 – 18 from the floor. Jonathan Laurent along with Rashaan Holloway scored 16 points apiece for the Minutemen in the win as the home team simply could not maintain any type of consistency on the offensive end while also turning the ball over a costly 14 times throughout the matchup. They will certainly look to shore up these deficiencies versus a Providence team that seems to be on a mission in 2018 as they have picked up some huge momentum lately and will certainly like to extend this at home where they are undefeated in their last four games, overall.
Providence Friars's Latest Performance :
The Providence Friars have had some high scoring games during their current winning streak; However, the defense can be the catalyst for their winning ways lately as they have allowed opponents to score 70 points or less in three of their last five games, overall. This would not be the case in their last outing versus the Eagles of Boston College as they allowed 95 points total in an up and down game throughout; Yet, the Eagles only shot 44% from the floor on the night while nailing only 7 of 23 point attempts during the contest.
Boston College was led by Jordan Chatman, who finished with 28 points while going 3 – 5 from long range. On the other hand, the offense for Providence shot 48% from the field while nailing 9-21 3-point attempts on the night. As stated, Reeves led the team with 24 points while Jermaine Watson went 7-11 from the field while ending with 19 points in the game along with 10 rebounds off the Bench.
In all, while Providence allowed Boston College to score 95 points on the night, they put in a solid effort throughout the game, as it relates to shooting percentage, while also coming up with some critical baskets on offense in which to pull out a much-needed victory. They will look to continue this momentum at home versus a UMass Minutemen team that has also been solid on the defensive end while their offense continues to put up points in bunches.
How Massachusetts Minutemen & Providence Friars Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
UMass is 3 – 6 ATS while the OU is 6 – 2
Providence is 4 – 5 ATS while the OU is 5 – 4
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for this to be an up-and-down game throughout as both teams will be looking to get out and run in which to gain some easy baskets in transition. It would be important to mention that UMass is shooting 38% from three-point range, good for 53rd in the country. On the other hand, the Providence Friars are known to allow opponents to shoot well from long-distance this year as they rank 200th in defending this area on the season. Nonetheless, look for this game to be a high-scoring matchup throughout as both teams will be jockeying for a victory.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Providence Friars
My reason for the pick :
While UMass can certainly put some points on the board, look for the home team in Providence to come out with the victory in this matchup as their defense has certainly played well lately during their four-game winning streak. Also, after a huge confidence-building win over the Boston College Eagles, look for the home team to establish themselves early on both sides of the floor en route to a slim victory over a dangerous UMass team at home.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
I will back to over in this contest as both teams have shown that they are able to put the ball in the basket. With that being the case, combine this with the fact that both teams will be looking to push the ball to obtain baskets within transition throughout the game, look for the over to be the strong play in this contest. Again, the Friars have been unstoppable at home and will certainly look to have a great showing on offense to continue to build momentum while the Minutemen will be looking for a better offensive showing after stinking things up versus Holy Cross in their last defeat.
Betting trends for Massachusetts Minutemen :
- Friars are 8-19 ATS in their last 27 home games.
Betting trends for Providence Friars:
- Over is 9-1 in Minutemen last 10 road games.
Over is 17-5 in Minutemen last 22 Fri. games.
Over is 22-7 in Minutemen last 29 overall.