Clemson vs. North Carolina Pick
Is No. 15 North Carolina giving up too many points at home when it plays host to No. 20 Clemson tonight at 7PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, North Carolina is favored at home, as the Tar Heels are getting odds of -7.5 points against Clemson. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 147 points. Tonight’s game takes place from the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and will air live on the ACC Network.
Clemson is coming off a 72-63 win at home over Miami this weekend for its ninth win in 10 games. The Tigers are 15-2 overall, 4-1 in the ACC and 9-5 against the spread. Clemson has covered in just one of its last four games. Clemson is averaging 77.5 points per game this season while allowing 64.4 per contest. Marcquise Reed is leading Clemson this season with 15.9 points per game. Donte Grantham is adding 14.9 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest.
North Carolina is coming off a 69-68 win at Notre Dame this weekend. The Tar Heels are 14-4 overall, 3-2 in the ACC and 9-7-1 against the spread. UNC is just 1-3-1 ATS in its last five games. The Heels are averaging 82.6 points per game this season while allowing 71.1 per game on defense. Luke Maye is leading UNC with 18.2 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. Joel Berry II is adding 17.4 points per contest.
North Carolina has won nine straight meetings with Clemson and the Tar Heels are 7-1-1 against the spread in the last nine encounters. UNC has been a hard team to get behind this year. The Tar Heels mix in dominant showings with bad ones. They are coming off a 1-point win at Notre Dame, but that was as a 5-point favorite. Clemson has struggled somewhat on the road, failing to cover at N.C. State and Boston College. I think the Tigers will struggle on the road against tonight. The public betting is strong with UNC and I will roll the dice on the Heels tonight as well.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: NORTH CAROLINA -7.5