Clemson at Georgia Tech 1/12/17 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions
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Clemson Tigers vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
NCAAB: 7:00 PM EST
Jan. 12, 2017
Latest Odds : CLEM -9 Total 134.5
Clemson looks to shake off two tough losses in a must-win game at Georgia Tech.
The Tigers fell to North Carolina (in overtime) and at Notre Dame by a combined eight points in their second and third ACC games. It's a less than ideal start for coach Brad Brownell, who is trying to lead the program to the NCAA tournament for only the second time in his seven years on the sidelines and first appearance since 2011. Having a skilled forward like Jaron Blossomgame gives the Tigers a fighting chance. He's putting up 18 points and six rebounds per game. Avry Holmes is a tough guard, adding 10.9 ppg and Marcquise Reed also scores 10 points per game. Clemson is excellent in forcing and avoiding turnovers, ranking top 25 nationally on both ends of the court. The Tigers score 77.7 ppg and are 28th in offensive efficiency. They allow 66.7 ppg (74th) and are 34th in defensive efficiency.
Georgia Tech lost to Duke and Louisville after opening the ACC slate by shocking North Carolina. The Yellow Jackets have a high turnover rate and a poor 2-point field goal percentage (44.6) but also won at VCU earlier this season, so they can be dangerous. Ben Lammers is having a fine season in the middle - 14.9 ppg and 9.9 rebounds and Josh Okogie adds 14.1 ppg in the backcourt. The Yellow Jackets score 66.6 ppg (307th) and are 272nd in efficiency. They allow 67.9 ppg and are 59th in efficiency.
Recent Betting Trends:
Tigers are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 Thursday games.
Yellow Jackets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Under is 4-1 in Tigers last 5 road games.
Over is 17-5 in Yellow Jackets last 22 games following a double-digit loss at home.
Free Betting Pick: Clemson Tigers -9
This young Georgia Tech team has been so up and down this year, think you have to fade Yellow Jackets until they play more consistent. Clemson has very good defense and think that is the key in nice double digit road win. Final Score Prediction, Clemson Tigers win and cover ATS 83-70.