Sports Betting Picks 03-18-2017 Butler Vs. Middle Tennessee
Sports Betting Picks 03-18-2017 Picks and Parlay Breakdown
The #4 Butler Bulldogs (24 – 8) get to take on the #12 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (31 – 4) this Sunday evening in the 2nd round of the Men’s Basketball Championship. To say that Butler is chomping at the bit would be an understatement. Butler has a ton of potential and the Bulldogs will be hosting Middle Tennessee at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI.
Middle Tennessee just upset Minnesota this past Thursday behind the strong play of senior forward JaCorey Williams (17 PPG, 7 RPG). Williams is a physical player that can operate in the post, grab boards, and shut down opposing teams. Middle Tennessee is averaging 75 PPG on offense this year while shooting 49% from the field as a team. Middle Tennessee needs to bring some serious defensive intensity if they want to try and upset one of the top teams in the nation while playing on the road.
The Butler Bulldogs just bullied their way past Winthrop in a physical, low scoring game. Xavier knows that they can’t afford to play such sloppy basketball and it all comes back to getting into an offensive groove. Scoring leader Kelan Martin (16 PPG, 6 RPG) shot only 38% from the floor in his past two games and that has to change going forward. Butler is scoring 76 PPG on offense this season while holding opposing teams to just 64 PPG on defense.
Recent Betting Trends:
Blue Raiders are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games.
Bulldogs are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games as a favorite of 0.5-6.5.
Over is 5-1 in Blue Raiders last 6 overall.
Under is 5-0-2 in Bulldogs last 7 neutral site games as a favorite.
This is going to be very close game, both teams are very similar to each other. The Blue Raiders are not going to sneak up anyone but Middle Tennessee still keeps it close. Butler might be too much down the stretch but still think this is too many points. Final Score Prediction, Butler Bulldogs win but fall short ATS 71-69.