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North Carolina State vs Georgia Tech Pick & Preview: Tuesday, January 17th Betting Odds
Wolfpack vs Yellow Jackets Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: North Carolina State Wolfpack at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
- Where: Atlanta at McCamish Pavilion
- Date: Tuesday, January 17th
- Betting Odds: North Carolina State -5.5, NCST -245 | GTECH +195 O/U 143.5
North Carolina State will take the floor against the Yellow Jackets with an overall record of 14-4. On the road, the Wolfpack will be playing their 5th game of the season, having gone 2-3. So far, the Wolfpack have been favored 12 times, going 11-1 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have North Carolina State as -5.5 point favorites.
North Carolina State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Terquavion Smith who is averaging 18.72 points per game for the Wolfpack. Smith 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 Wolfpack’s offensive game plan is the play of Jarkel Joiner who has hit 44.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 16.0 points per game.
On offense, North Carolina State is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.0 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 18 games, they have only hit 34.0% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 39.25% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Yellow Jackets Preview:
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets head into today’s game in what will be their 18th game of the season, posting a record of 8-9. So far this season, Georgia Tech has played 11 games at home, sitting with a record of 7-4. For the season, Georgia Tech has been the underdog in 10 games, sitting with a mark of 1-9. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Yellow Jackets being +5.5 point underdogs.
Georgia Tech will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Miles Kelly who is averaging 13.88 points per game for the Yellow Jackets. Kelly 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 Yellow Jackets’ offensive game plan is the play of Dallan Coleman who has hit 40.3% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 9.76 points per game.
Coming into today’s game, Georgia Tech will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Yellow Jackets are ranked 282nd at 68.6 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 432nd ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, Georgia Tech is close to the NCAA average at 35.6%.
Free Spread Prediction: North Carolina State Wolfpack -5.5
Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the North Carolina State Wolfpack to pick up the win and cover the spread as -5.5 point betting favorites. Although North Carolina State as a team is just 376th in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Yellow Jackets’ defense. At -5.5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Wolfpack to come out on top and cover.
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