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Pittsburgh vs North Carolina State Pick & Preview: Friday, December 2nd Betting Odds
Panthers vs Wolfpack Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Pittsburgh Panthers at North Carolina State Wolfpack
- Where: Raleigh at PNC Arena
- Date: Friday, December 2nd
- Betting Odds: Pittsburgh +8.5, PITT +315 | NCST -419 O/U 147.0
The Pittsburgh Panthers head into today’s game in what will be their 9th game of the season, posting a record of 5-3. So far, the Panthers have played 2 games on the road, with a record of 1-1. For the season, Pittsburgh has been the underdog in 4 games, sitting with a mark of 1-3. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Panthers being +8.5 point underdogs.
Pittsburgh will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Blake Hinson who is averaging 16.38 points per game for the Panthers. Hinson 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 Panthers’ offensive gameplan is the play of Jamarius Burton who has hit 54.2% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.57 points 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 that 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.
The North Carolina State Wolfpack head into today’s game in what will be their 9th game of the season, posting a record of 7-1. So far this season, North Carolina State has played 6 games at home, sitting with a record of 6-0. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Wolfpack as the -8.5 point favorites. The Wolfpack have been favored 6 times, going 6-0 straight up.
North Carolina State’s leading scorer this season is Jarkel Joiner who is averaging 17.25 points per contest. So far, Joiner has accounted for 20.78% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.0 rebounds per game and 3.62 assists. Terquavion Smith is the second leading scorer for the Wolfpack, averaging 16.12 points per game. Between him and Smith, they are accounting for 40.2% of the team’s scoring.
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 8 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.
Free Spread Prediction: North Carolina State Wolfpack -8.5
For today’s matchup between North Carolina State Wolfpack and Pittsburgh Panthers, our analysis points to North Carolina State covering the spread as the -8.5 point favorites. Although the Wolfpack are just 2-2-1 over their previous 5 games as the favorite, we view the oddsmakers line being set too low. Today’s contest is an oustanding matchup for North Carolina State as they will be facing a Pittsburgh team that also perfers to slow the game down. Look for the team to put together an efficient offensive performance while also limiting the Panthers’ offense, leading to not only a straight up win but an ATS victory. Before tip-off, be sure to go ahead and lock in your wager on the North Carolina State Wolfpack to cover!
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