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

The No. 25 Xavier Musketeers (10-3, 2-0 Big East) take on the St. John’s Red Storm (11-2, 1-1) Wednesday at 9 p.M. ET (FS1). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Xavier vs. St. John’s odds, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.

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Xavier scores 83.8 points per game (14th nationally) and it can run it up on most teams. This game against St. John’s should be no different.

St. John’s has also started out well this season and its hopes for a March Madness bid after several seasons of slumps have relegated the Red Storm to an also-ran status in the Big East.

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Xavier at St. John’s odds

Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 12:37 p.M. ET.

  • Moneyline (ML) : Xavier -130 (bet $130 to win $100) | St. John’s +110 (bet $100 to win $110).
  • Against the spread (ATS) : Xavier -1.5 (-115) | St. John’s +1.5 (-105).
  • Over/Under (O/U) : 162.5 (O: -115 | U: -105).
  • Xavier at St. John’s picks and predictions

    Prediction

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    St. John’s 87, Xavier 84.

    Moneyline

    BET ST. JOHN’S (+110).

    Both teams in this game can run up the score. Xavier is a good team, but its defense is questionable, and the Red Storm will be able to take advantage. With St. John’s having a home-court advantage, it should come out in this game and get a win to start the 2nd half of the season.

    Against the spread

    PASS.

    St. John’s is the underdog and should win so making a wager on the moneyline is the way to go. This 1.5-point spread does not give you a lot of wiggle room, and the odds are better for the outright win.

    Over/Under

    BET OVER 162.5 (-115).

    The teams will come out refreshed from a holiday break and ready to run the floor. With both teams able to score in bunches, I do not see a problem with this number being as high as it is. It will be a fun game to watch, and it should go over with fouls at the end of a close game. OVER 162.5 (-115) is my favorite play.

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