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NC State vs. Auburn - 12/19/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Auburn Tigers (9-1) at North Carolina State Wolfpack (9-1)
Date & Time Wednesday December 19, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: North Carolina State Wolfpack -1 -- Over/Under: 156
TV Channel
ESPN2
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The Auburn Tigers and NC State Wolfpack meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the PNC Arena.

The Auburn Tigers look for another victory to build on their five-game winning streak. The Auburn Tigers are averaging 82.8 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 63.4 points on 41.2 percent shooting. Bryce Brown is averaging 16.7 points and 2.5 rebounds while Jared Harper is averaging 16.2 points and 6.4 assists. Austin Wiley is the third double-digit scorer and Chuma Okeke is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Auburn Tigers are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 70.1 percent from the free throw line. The Auburn Tigers are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.8 rebounds per game. The Auburn Tigers have split their last six road games.

The NC State Wolfpack look for a statement victory to build on their impressive 9-1 record. The NC State Wolfpack are averaging 88.9 points on 51.5 percent shooting and allowing 63.6 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Torin Dorn is averaging 16 points and 6.9 rebounds while C.J. Bryce is averaging 12.4 points and 1.5 assists. Markell Johnson is the third double-digit scorer and Devon Daniels is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The NC State Wolfpack are shooting 40.7 percent from beyond the arc and 69.2 percent from the free throw line. The NC State Wolfpack are allowing 27.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.5 rebounds per game. The NC State Wolfpack have won 10 straight home games.

The Tigers are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up win, 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Wednesday games. The Wolfpack are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games, 9-3 ATS in their last 12 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Wolfpack last 5 overall. The under is 4-0 in Tigers last 4 vs. Atlantic Coast. The under is 8-3 in Wolfpack last 11 home games.

The Auburn Tigers have yet to play a true road game this season, so we have no idea how this talented group is going to hold up. The NC State Wolfpack have quietly been on fire to start the season and are outscoring teams by 33 points at home while shooting 51.7 percent from the field. Auburn can be a bit sloppy at times on the offensive end and we know just how big home court is in these big college basketball games. I like NC State to make a statement and get the big home victory in this contest, as its offense has been a bit more polished than what Auburn has shown up to this point.

Pick:
North Carolina State Wolfpack -1

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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