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Clemson vs Pittsburgh Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 7th Betting Odds

Tigers vs Panthers Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Clemson Tigers at Pittsburgh Panthers
  • Where: Pittsburgh at Petersen Events Center
  • Date: Saturday, January 7th
  • Betting Odds: Clemson +2.5, CLMSN +121 | PITT -149 O/U 142.0

Tigers Preview:

The Clemson will take the floor in today’s game in the middle of a 4 game win streak and have an overall record of 12-3. On the road, the Tigers will be playing their 5th game of the season, having gone 3-2. So far, the Tigers have been the underdog 2 times, going 1-1 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +2.5 underdogs on the spread.

Clemson will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Hunter Tyson who is averaging 15.47 points per game for the Tigers. Tyson is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Tigers’ offensive game plan is the play of Chase Hunter who has hit 43.4% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.47 points per game.

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Coming into today’s game, Clemson will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Tigers are ranked 180th at 71.7 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 578th ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, Clemson is close to the NCAA average at 36.3%.

Panthers Preview:

Through 15 games, the Pittsburgh Panthers have an overall record of 11-4. Currently, the Panthers have been the home team 10 times, sitting with a record of 8-2. The Panthers’ are sitting with a betting line that is -2.5 points in their favor. For the season, Pittsburgh has been favored to win in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 6-0.

Blake Hinson comes into today’s game as the Panthers’ leading scorer at 16.8 points per contest. Not only has Hinson been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Pittsburgh’s top rebounder at 7.07 boards per contest. Behind Hinson, the team has benefited from the strong play of Jamarius Burton, who is second on the team in scoring at 15.69 points per game. Overall, he has hit 55.2% of his shots and is adding 5.0 boards per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Pittsburgh this season, as they are currently ranked 442nd in college basketball at 61.5 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Panthers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.4%, placing them 392nd in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Pittsburgh Panthers -2.5

Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Pittsburgh Panthers to pick up the win and cover the spread as -2.5 point betting favorites. Although Pittsburgh as a team is just 372nd in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Tigers’ defense. In addition, the Panthers have made bettors money who have taken them to cover at home, as they are 6-3-1 (last 10). At -2.5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Panthers to come out on top and cover.

 


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