Pittsburgh vs NC State FREE ACC Basketball Prediction, 1-17-2016

Pittsburgh vs NC State FREE ACC Basketball Prediction

Pittsburgh Panthers vs NC State Wolfpack
Free NCAAB Pick by: Johnny Pham
Odds: NC State -3.5
Time: January 17th, 7pm EST

Pittsburgh vs NC State FREE ACC Basketball PredictionPittsburgh Panthers
(12-6 SU, 6-9-2 ATS)

After trailing by at least 20 points in losses to Syracuse and Louisville, Pittsburgh was blitzed 72-46 at Miami on Sunday, shooting 34 percent and getting outrebounded 37-23.  Now they travel to Raleigh to take on the Wolfpack.

Pittsburgh is led on offense by Jamel Artis (22 PPG, 3 APG) this season and scored a career high 43 points in a loss to Louisville last Wednesday.  Pittsburgh has a good group of young talent but with any young team they lack cohesion.  Pittsburgh is averaging 79.3 points per game and they are shooting 46.1 percent from the floor and 38 percent from beyond the 3-point arc while defensively they are allowing 76.2 points.

Pittsburgh is 1-2 on the road and 1-4 in the ACC and 6-9-2 against the spread.

Pittsburgh vs NC State FREE ACC Basketball PredictionNC State Wolfpack
(12-6 SU, 7-8 ATS)

Pittsburgh is not the only team in the midst of a 3-game skid. The Wolfpack were humiliated by UNC losing by 51 points and proceeded to lose games to Boston College and Georgia Tech.  The Wolfpack failed to cover the spread in all three losses.

NC State has been held to under 70 points in three of their past five contests, tanking what had once been a solid unit. NC State is averaging 81 PPG on the season while shooting 48% from the floor.

Dennis Smith Jr. leads the Wolfpack averaging 19.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Terry Henderson is averaging 14.8 points for NC State, Torin Dorn is averaging 12.4 points and 5.8 rebounds, and Abdul-Malik Abu is averaging 11.4 points and 7.6 rebounds. NC State is 10-1 at home and 1-4 in the ACC.

Pittsburgh vs NC State FREE ACC Basketball PredictionPitt vs NC State Prediction
What is Johnny Pham Predicting?

The Wolfpack have played well at home and bettors backing NC State have faired well going 5-1 ATS the last 6 games.  NC State is also 4-1 ATS the last 5 games as the favorite and 22-10-2 ATS in their last 34 games following a straight up loss.

Pitt is 0-4 ATS the last 4 meetings vs the Wolfpack.  Right now, I simply don’t trust the Panthers on the road and the Wolfpack has played better at home.  Home court advantage is exactly what NC State needs to snap their 3 game skid.  

Leaning on the Wolfpack -3.5 at home

Pittsburgh vs NC State Prediction: NC State -3.5

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