Betting on today’s Cavaliers and Wolfpack game? Catch the action at PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC, as the Wolfpack hosts this showdown at 2:00 ET on ACCN. The over/under for this game is set at 127.5 points, and the Wolfpack are the home favorites against the Cavaliers in a Atlantic Coast conference matchup.
VIRGINIA CAVALIERS VS NORTH CAROLINA STATE WOLFPACK BETTING PICK
The Pick: North Carolina State Wolfpack -1.5
This game will be played at PNC Arena at 2:00 ET on Saturday, January 6th.
WHY BET THE NORTH CAROLINA STATE WOLFPACK:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Wolfpack.
- Not only will North Carolina State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -1.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 127.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 143 points.
Will Virginia Secure A Victory as Road Underdogs?
Virginia comes into this game as the underdog, and they have a record of 11-3 overall. So far, they are 0-3 on the road, and their average margin of defeat on the road is -23.0 points per game. In their last game, they beat Louisville by a score of 77-53.
Over their last ten road games, the Cavaliers are just 4-6, and they have lost their last three games away from home. For the season, they have been favored in 12 of their 14 games. Today, they are getting 1.5 points.
Virginia has gone 8-6 against the spread this season, but they have struggled on the road, going 0-3 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 road games, the Cavaliers are just 1-8-1 vs. the spread.
Virginia’s over/under record for the season is 6-8, and today’s line of 127.5 is similar to the average over/under line in their games (126.8). On the year, their games have averaged 122.5 points. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 127 points.
The Virginia offense is coming off a game in which they scored 77 points vs. Louisville. Overall their field goal percentage was 51.7% while connecting on 10 threes. Leading Virginia in scoring vs. Louisville was Isaac McKneely with his 18 points. Ryan Dunn also added 15 points for the Cavaliers.
At this time, the Cavaliers’ defense is positioned 2nd in the country, permitting 55.9 points per game. So far, the Virginia defense is giving up an average of 8.8 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 8 times per game (345th).
Do the Wolfpack Have What it Takes at Home?
North Carolina State comes into this game as the favorite, with a record of 10-3 and a 7-0 mark at home. In their last game, the Wolfpack defeated Notre Dame by a score of 54-52.
Over their last ten games at home, North Carolina State is 9-1, and they have won three in a row overall. So far this season, the Wolfpack have been favored in nine of their 13 games, and they are a perfect 9-0 in those matchups.
North Carolina State has an ATS record of 6-7 this season, including a 4-3 mark at home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Wolfpack have gone 5-5 vs. the spread.
North Carolina State’s over/under record for the season is 7-5-1, and today’s over/under line of 127.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (147.1). So far, 13 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line. Over their last three games, their over/under record is 2-1.
Against Notre Dame, the North Carolina State had a tough time putting up points compared to their season average of 77.8 points per game. They scored 54 points and posted a field goal percentage of 28.8% in the game. DJ Horne is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 14.5 as they approach today’s matchup. In addition, D.J. Burns brings a PPG average of 13.2 into the game.
At this time, the Wolfpack’s defense is positioned 102nd in the country, permitting 68.8 points per game. Against Notre Dame in their most recent game, the North Carolina State defense gave up a total of 52 points while allowing Notre Dame to hit 40% of their shots.