Clemson vs NC State Pick – Basketball Predictions & Odds 3/9/23
NC State Wolfpack (23-9) vs. Clemson Tigers (22-9)
March 9, 2023 9:30 pm EDT
The Line: Clemson Tigers +3.5 / NC State Wolfpack -3.5; Over/Under: +151
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The NC State Wolfpack and Clemson Tigers meet Thursday in the college basketball ACC Tournament Quarterfinal at the Greensboro Coliseum. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The NC State Wolfpack are averaging 78.4 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 70.3 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Terquavion Smith is averaging 17.3 points and 3.5 rebounds, while Jarkel Joiner is averaging 17.3 points and 4.8 rebounds. DJ Burns Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Casey Morsell is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The NC State Wolfpack are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 72 percent from the free throw line. The NC State Wolfpack are allowing 31.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.5 rebounds per game.
The Clemson Tigers are averaging 75.5 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 68.1 points on 40.6 percent shooting. Hunter Tyson is averaging 15.7 points and 1.5 assists, while PJ Hall is averaging 15.5 points and 5.6 rebounds. Chase Hunter is the third double-digit scorer and Brevin Galloway is grabbing 2.3 rebounds. The Clemson Tigers are shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc and 79.3 percent from the free throw line. The Clemson Tigers are allowing 33.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.7 rebounds per game.
The Wolfpack are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Tigers are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 neutral site games and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The over is 7-3 in Wolfpack last 10 neutral site games. The over is 7-1 in Tigers last 8 overall.
The NC State Wolfpack are the better, more talented team and a win wouldn’t be surprising. However, Clemson has the rest advantage and is still one of the better defensive teams in the country. Just throwing Clemson free points and more than a bucket feels a little disrespectful. I’d grab the points in this spot.