Georgia Tech vs. North Carolina Pick
Can No. 15 North Carolina cover a lofty spread at home when the Tar Heels host Georgia Tech today at 2PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, North Carolina is the clear favorite today, as the Tar Heels are getting odds of -15 points against Georgia Tech. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 140 points. Today’s game takes place from the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and will air live on ESPN2.
Georgia Tech had a four-game win streak snapped this week in a 64-48 loss at home to Virginia. The Yellow Jackets are 10-8 overall, 3-2 in the ACC and 8-6 against the spread. Tech is averaging just 65.6 points per game this season while holding opponents to 62.8 per game. Josh Okogie has been leading the team with 17.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game while Ben Lammers is putting up 11.7 points and 9.1 rebounds per contest.
North Carolina has won three straight coming into today’s game, including an 87-79 win over Clemson this week. UNC is now 15-4 overall, 4-2 in the ACC and 10-7-1 against the spread. The Tar Heels are scoring 82.8 points per game on offense this year while allowing just 71.5 per game defensively. Luke Maye is leading the Heels this year with 17.8 points and 10.5 rebounds per game while Joel Berry II is adding 17.4 points per contest.
North Carolina has won seven of its last eight meetings with Georgia Tech, but the Jackets have covered in the last two encounters. Tech is a defensive team that can’t rely on its offense to put up a big number. I think the Jackets will struggle to go on the road and contain this UNC offense. The Heels play respectable on defense as well, so keeping Tech to a low total shouldn’t be a problem. I think covering this spread should be able to happen due to UNC’s dynamic offensive talent. The public betting is backing Georgia Tech, but I will take UNC at home.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: NORTH CAROLINA -15