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Pittsburgh vs Louisville Basketball Picks 2-17-24

Louisville Cardinals (8-17) vs. Pittsburgh Panthers (16-8)
February 17, 2024 6:30 pm EDT
The Line: Pittsburgh Panthers -12.5; Over/Under: +148.5
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The Louisville Cardinals will play the Pittsburgh Panthers in an ACC game on Saturday night at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Louisville has alternated wins and losses over their last five games, while Pittsburgh is on a four game winning streak. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Louisville vs Pittsburgh prediction. 

Louisville Preview

The Louisville Cardinals are 8-17 (3-11) this season after they lost to Boston College by a score of 89-77 in their last game. Louisville led 47-39 at the half, but they allowed 50 points in the second half in the loss. The Cardinals shot 46.9% from the field and were +7 in rebounding margin in the game. Louisville defeated Georgia Tech by a score of 79-67 in the game prior to BC, but lost to Syracuse before that. The Cardinals are scoring 74 points per game with 35.6 rebounds per game and 11.2 assists per game, while allowing 78.6 points against per game this year. Mike James is averaging 13.5 points per game, 5.0 rebounds per game, and 1.4 assists per game. Louisville is shooting 43.9% from the field, 75.1% on free throws, and 31.3% on three pointers this season. 

Pittsburgh Preview

The Pittsburgh Panthers are 16-8 (7-6) this year after they defeated Virginia by a score of 74-63 in their last game. Pittsburgh led 35-31 at halftime and they scored 39 points in the second half to pull away with the win. The Panthers shot 44.8% from the field and were +10 in rebounding margin in the game. Pittsburgh has won four games in a row and six of their last seven. The Panthers are scoring 75.2 points per game with 38.3 rebounds per game and 13.6 assists per game, while giving up 66.5 points against per game this season. Blake Hinson is averaging 18.3 points per game, 5.0 rebounds per game, and 0.8 assists per game. Pittsburgh is shooting 43.2% from the field, 69.9% on free throws, and 34.4% on three pointers this year. 

Louisville vs Pittsburgh Betting Prediction

Pittsburgh has been rolling over the last few weeks and they are moving up in the ACC standings. The Panthers just knocked off Virginia on the road and they will look to avoid a letdown here. Louisville has played better over the last few weeks, but they have allowed 89 and 94 points in their last two road games. Neither team is very good at shooting, but Pittsburgh is the much better defensive team and I think they will win this game easily. Take Pittsburgh to cover this big spread. 

David Racey's Free Pick: Pittsburgh -12.5

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David Racey

David started writing about sports in 2015, but sports has been his passion for as long as he can remember. David spends most of his free time watching pretty much anything sports related from Baseball to Tennis and everything in between. David likes to analyze statistics and recent results to form an unbiased opinion on whatever game he is breaking down. Follow David on Twitter at @itsyerboi41

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