The Diamond Head Classic meeting between the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (8-4) and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (5-6) will be played at Stan Sheriff Center. Hawaii opened as a 1-point favorite, while the game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 139 points. Action begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 25, 2019, and it can be seen on ESPN2.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Odds Preview
The Yellow Jackets lost to the Houston Cougars in their last outing, 70-59. Moses Wright had a solid game for Georgia Tech, leading the team in scoring with 19 points on 7-for-15 shooting. Houston had an offensive rebounding percentage of 47.1 (above their season average of 40.1). Georgia Tech, meanwhile, had a turnover percentage of 12.4 (better than their season average of 21.8).
In the Rainbow Warriors’ last game, they were beaten by the No. 21 Washington Huskies, 72-61. With 15 points and 15 rebounds, Hawaii’s Zigmars Raimo had a good outing. Washington did a terrific job of converting from the free throw line (21-29; 72.4 percent). Hawaii, meanwhile, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 35.8 (above their season average of 27.5).
The offense of Hawaii will battle against the top-notch defense of Georgia Tech. The Rainbow Warriors rank 196th in offensive efficiency, while the Yellow Jackets are 76th in defensive efficiency. The Yellow Jackets should have the advantage on that end of the court.
In terms of the O/U total, these teams are complete opposites. Georgia Tech games have finished under 72.7 percent of the time, while games involving Hawaii have finished over 63.6 percent of the time. The Rainbow Warriors have the substantial advantage straight up (SU) (8-4 vs. 5-6), but the Yellow Jackets have the better against the spread (ATS) record (6-5 vs. 6-4-1).
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Betting Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Hawaii, ATS Winner – Hawaii, O/U – Under
The Yellow Jackets rank 95th in steals per game (7.0) while the Rainbow Warriors rank 132nd in steals allowed per game (7.3).
Hawaii ranks 192nd in rebounds per game (33.8) while Georgia Tech ranks 213th in rebounds allowed per game (38.0).
Georgia Tech ranks 10th in blocks per game (6.0) while Hawaii ranks 132nd (2.7).
The Rainbow Warriors rank 37th in assists allowed per game (10.4) while the Yellow Jackets rank 138th (13.3).
Hawaii ranks ninth in three pointers allowed per game (16.3) while Georgia Tech ranks 79th (20.5).
The Rainbow Warriors’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 1.2, down from 2.6 for the season.
During their last five games, the Yellow Jackets have scored an average of 59.2 points per game (6.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 71.8 points per game (4.0 above their season average).