The Panthers and Cardinals are set to face off at 12:00 ET on CW. The Cardinals will host the game at KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY. The Panthers come into this Atlantic Coast conference matchup as the betting favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 144.5 points.

PITTSBURGH PANTHERS VS LOUISVILLE CARDINALS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Louisville Cardinals +9

This game will be played at KFC Yum! Center at 12:00 ET on Saturday, January 6th.

WHY BET THE LOUISVILLE CARDINALS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-67 in favor of the Cardinals.
  • Not only will Louisville pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +9.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 144.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 141 points.

Can the Panthers Offense Score Enough in Louisville?

After starting the season 9-2, the Panthers have dropped three straight games, including their most recent matchup against North Carolina by a score of 70-57. So far, Pittsburgh is 2-1 on the road this season and have an average scoring margin of +11.3 points per game away from home.

Coming into today’s game, the Panthers are favored by nine points and have been favored in 11 of their 14 games this season. Overall, Pittsburgh is 9-5 on the year and 0-3 in conference play.

Against the spread, Pittsburgh has gone 7-6-1 this season and 2-1 on the road. As the favorite, the Panthers have a record of 7-3-1 vs. the spread this year and are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games as the favorite.

So far this season, the over/under record for Pittsburgh games is 9-5. The average point total in their games is 143.9, which is lower than the average OU line of 147.8. Today’s OU line is 144.5. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 130 points and their OU record during this stretch is 1-2.

In their most recent game, the Pittsburgh offense put up just 57 points vs. the North Carolina Tar Heels. Overall, they are now averaging 78.8 points per game which is 96th in the country. On the offensive front, the Panthers have a season-long field goal percentage of 43%, ranking 275th nationally. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are ranked 233rd in terms of percentage and 41st in three-pointers made.

Currently, the Panthers’ defense holds the 47th rank in the nation, allowing 65.1 points per game. Against North Carolina in their most recent game, the Pittsburgh defense gave up a total of 70 points while allowing North Carolina to hit 30% of their shots.

Will the Cardinals Make it Happen at Home?

Coming into today’s game, Louisville is 5-8 overall and 0-2 in conference play. In their last game, they lost to Virginia by a score of 77-53. So far, the Cardinals are 5-5 at home this season and have gone 0-6 when they’ve been the underdog.

Over their last ten games at home, Louisville is 5-5. They’ll be looking to snap a two-game losing streak and improve upon their 1-2 record in their last three home games.

As the underdog this season, Louisville has a 2-3-1 record vs. the spread. At home, the Cardinals have gone 3-5-2 ATS this year and are just 1-3-1 ATS in their last five home games. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, Louisville has a 3-6-1 ATS mark.

This season, the over/under record in Louisville games is 7-6 and the average scoring total in their games is 148.5 points. Today’s over/under line of 144.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (145.3). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total is 149 points.

In their recent matchup, the Louisville offense ended with 53 points against Virginia. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 40.4% and made 6 threes. Coming into the game, the Cardinals offense has strugled with their outside shot this season, hitting threes at a rate of just 28%. On average, they get up 18.7 three-point attempts per game and are averaging 18.2 made free-throws.

Coming into today’s game, the Louisville defense is giving up an average of 75.5 points per contest. Against Virginia in their most recent game, the Louisville defense gave up a total of 77 points while allowing Virginia to hit 51% of their shots.