|757: ST JOHNS
Last Updated: 2018-01-03
The Creighton Bluejays (11-3, 1-1 Big East) and their sensational offense will be 12-point favorites when they welcome the St. John’s Red Storm (10-4, 0-2 Big East) and their superb defense. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 156 points and it starts at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.
St. John’s Red Storm at Creighton Bluejays ATS Odds
In their last outing, the Bluejays had no trouble getting past the Providence Friars, 83-64, while the Red Storm fell to the 23rd-ranked Seton Hall Pirates, 75-70.
Creighton dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.328 (above their season average of 0.212) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.552 (below their season average of 0.600). Providence recorded marks of 0.210 and 0.411, respectively, for those same stats. St. John’s, meanwhile, forced Seton Hall into a turnover percentage of 20.2 (above their season average of 16.4). Marcus Foster had a solid performance for Creighton with 18 points. Tariq Owens, meanwhile had a solid performance for St. John’s, finishing with 19 points and 14 rebounds.
The game should be a matchup of strength against strength as the productive offense of Creighton takes on the stingy defense of St. John’s. The Bluejays rank ninth in offensive efficiency, while the Red Storm are 30th in defensive efficiency.
Vegas is known to place the total high when the Red Storm are involved, as 60.0 percent of their games have ended under the total. St. John’s comes into the contest with records of 10-4 straight up (SU) and 5-6-1 against the spread (ATS).
Unlike St. John’s, games including the Bluejays tend to finish over the total (69.2 percent). Additionally, Creighton owns records of 11-3 SU and 8-5 ATS.
The Bluejays dominated this series last year, winning both games. In the last game, Creighton won 82-68. One of Creighton’s biggest advantages was their ability to convert at the free throw line. They were 18-22 (81.8 percent), while the Red Storm were just 8-17 (47.1 percent). This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.
St. John’s Red Storm at Creighton Bluejays Free Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Creighton, ATS Winner – St. John’s, O/U – Under
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Creighton averages 28.1 three pointers per game, which ranks 14th in the nation. St. John’s ranks 225th in three pointers allowed per game (24.8).
The Red Storm rank 16th in steals per game (8.9) while the Bluejays rank 165th (5.3).
St. John’s ranks fifth in blocks per game (6.6) while Creighton ranks 138th (2.9).
The Bluejays average 40.2 rebounds per game, which ranks 34th in the nation. The Red Storm rank 235th in rebounds allowed per game (39.2).
Creighton ranks fifth in assists per game (19.6) while St. John’s ranks 164th (13.1).
St. John’s is 2-5 ATS on the road, while Creighton is 6-2 ATS at home.
The total has gone over in 5 of the Bluejays’ 8 home games, while 4 of the Red Storm’s 7 road games have gone under.
The Bluejays are 3-2 ATS over their last five games, while the Red Storm are 1-3-1.
In their last five games, Creighton has 3 overs and 2 unders, while St. John’s has 3 unders and 2 overs.
The Bluejays’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 25.4, up from 18.7 for the season.
During their last five games, the Red Storm have scored an average of 71.6 points per game (2.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 76.6 points per game (10.7 above their season average).