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Missouri vs. North Carolina State - 12/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

North Carolina State Wolfpack (7-3) at Missouri Tigers (5-4)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Mizzou Arena)

The Line: Missouri Tigers +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: SEC

The NC State Wolfpack and Missouri Tigers square off Saturday afternoon at the Mizzou Arena.

The NC State Wolfpack look for their second road win to build on a 7-3 start. The NC State Wolfpack are averaging 79.9 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 74.1 points on 41.5 percent shooting. Anthony Barber is averaging 21.1 points and 5.8 assists while Maverick Rowan is averaging 14.1 points and 4.4 rebounds. Caleb Martin is dishing 1.7 assists and Abdul-Malik Abu is grabbing 7.2 rebounds. The NC State Wolfpack are shooting 31.8 percent from beyond the arc and 68.6 percent from the free throw line. NC State is allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 11.5 turnovers per game. The NC State Wolfpack have won six of their last nine road games.

Missouri vs. North Carolina State - 12/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Missouri Tigers look for a nice home win after splitting their last eight games. The Missouri Tigers are averaging 70.3 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 69.9 points on 39.2 percent shooting. Kevin Puryear is averaging 13 points and 4.8 rebounds while Terrence Phillips is averaging 9.7 points and 3.1 assists. Namon Wright is grabbing five rebounds and Wes Clark is dishing 3.2 assists. The Missouri Tigers are shooting 32.2 percent from beyond the arc and 69.7 percent from the free throw line. Missouri is allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 10.1 turnovers per game. The Missouri Tigers have won seven straight home games.

The Wolfpack are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games. The Tigers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. 

Missouri doesn't exactly have any bad losses on its resume yet and has become a team that's really tough to beat at home. While NC State may have better talent, the Wolfpack haven't been tested this year on the road. I'll take the free bucket, as I think Missouri wins outright thanks to the home court. 

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Missouri Tigers +2.5

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