Butler vs Xavier Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/4/23

Xavier Musketeers (22-8) vs Butler Bulldogs (14-16)

Game Info: Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Cintas Center)

Betting Odds: Xavier Musketeers -14.5 -- Over/Under: 142.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Butler Bulldogs and Xavier Musketeers face off on Saturday in a college basketball showdown at the Cintas Center. When these two teams faced off on February 10th it was Butler that secured the 69-67 victory. 

Butler Betting Preview

Butler comes into this game with a 14-16 record overall and they have gone 13-15-2 against the spread. Butler has been inconsistent this season, and they are coming off another loss in the last game. In the last game against Marquette Butler’s offense only managed 56 points, and they ended up losing by 16 points. Butler is averaging 65.3 points while their defense is giving up 67.3 points per game. Jayden Taylor is averaging 13.1 points while shooting 41.3 percent from the field and 33.1 percent from behind the three point line. 

Xavier Betting Preview

On the other side of this matchup is Xavier who sits with a 22-8 record overall and they have gone 17-12-1 against the spread. Xavier has won two games in a row and in the last game against Providence, Xavier was able to secure a 94-89 victory. Souley Boum had a strong game finishing with 33 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Xavier is averaging 82.3 points while their defense is giving up 74.8 points per game. The offense is ranked 9th while the defense is ranked is ranked 309th. Boum is averaging 17 points while shooting 46.8 percent from the field. 

Butler vs Xavier Trends

Xavier is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games overall. The under is 4-0 in Butler’s last four road games. The under is 6-0 in Butler’s last six games following a straight up win. The over is 6-1-1 in Xavier’s last eight games after scoring more than 90 points in their previous game. 

Shane’s Free Pick

This game is going to be higher scoring. Butler isn’t an elite offensive team, but they found success scoring against Xavier in the last game. Xavier’s offense is averaging 82.3 points per game and they are going to have no issue running up the score here. This is going to be an up and down game, and the over is going to cash. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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