St. John’s at Xavier odds, picks and predictions

the St. John’s Red Storm (13-11, 5-8 Great East) and Xavier Musketeers (17-7, 7-6) square off Wednesday for a Big East showdown in Cincinnati. Tipping at the Cintas Center is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET. Below we take a look at the St. John’s vs. Xavier odds and linesand make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.

St. John’s is playing at a blistering pace and is the Big East’s scoring team with 78.5 points per game. However, SJU struggled in the mostly paced Big East, with just five wins in 13 circuit competitions.

The Red Storm are just 4-8 in their last 12 games and have shot a meager 40.6% from the field in that streak.

The Musketeers are coming off a 74-68 victory over UConn on Friday. Xavier is a solid group at both ends of the field and is usually good for a handful of stealth points in a differential at the free throw line.

XU is 12-3 SU at home this season, but the Musketeers are just 1-6 ATS in their last seven home games.

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St. John’s to Xavier odds, spread and lines

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  • Money line: St. John’s +290 (bet $100 to win $290) | Xavier -380 (bet $380 to win $100)
  • Against the spread (ATS): St. John +7.5 (-105) | Xavier -7.5 (-120)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 149.5 (O: -112 | U: -108)

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St. John’s to Xavier odds, lines, picks and predictions

Prediction

Xavier 83, Saint John 71

silver line

A Xavier -350 beacon would offer value to bettors with enough funds to leverage the spend, but PAST on the current price.

Against the spread

The favorite is 4-0-1 ATS in the last five meetings between SJU and XU.

Xavier is slightly better at both ends of the floor. Add in the expected advantages in the frequency of rebounds and free throw attempts, and the Musketeers become a solid game in this one. Both teams come in a bit banged up, but the effect should be more pronounced on Red Storm’s production.

TAKE XAVIER -7.5 (-120).

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The Big East compares to a fast-paced conference, but with teams playing solid defense. Both fives in this match-up sports analysis that indicate their offenses have more to give.

BACK TO OVER 149.5 (-112).

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