North Carolina vs Pittsburgh Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Friday, December 30, 2022

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The North Carolina Tar Heels (9-4, 1-1 ACC) will attempt to build on a four-game win streak when they visit the Pittsburgh Panthers (9-4, 2-0 ACC) at 12:00 PM ET on Friday, December 30, 2022. The Panthers have taken three games in a row.

The Tar Heels square off with the Panthers in a game that North Carolina is currently a favorite by 6 points. The over/under is 149.5 points for the game.

North Carolina vs. Pittsburgh Odds

Point Spread for North Carolina vs. Pittsburgh

The spread for this matchup is set at 6 points, with bookmakers listing North Carolina as the favorite.

North Carolina vs. Pittsburgh Moneyline

As for the moneyline, North Carolina has -264 odds to pick up the win, while Pittsburgh is listed at +213 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the total for the game is set at 149.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Friday, December 30, 2022
  • Game Time: 12:00 PM ET
  • Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Arena: Petersen Events Center

North Carolina vs. Pittsburgh Betting Trends

North Carolina has played 13 games, with four wins against the spread. The Tar Heels have been victorious in nine of the 10 contests they have been chosen as favorites in this season. North Carolina has eclipsed the over/under in 53.8% of its opportunities this year (seven times over 13 games with a set point total).

Against the spread, Pittsburgh is 9-4-0 this season. The Panthers have won 42.9% of the games this season they were the underdog on the moneyline (3-4). Pittsburgh’s games this year have gone over the point total eight times in 13 opportunities (61.5%).

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North Carolina vs. Pittsburgh Key Players to Watch

North Carolina

Armando Bacot leads the Tar Heels at 11.1 rebounds per contest, while also averaging 1.2 assists and 18.2 points. He is ninth in college basketball in rebounding. RJ Davis puts up 15.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game, shooting 42.2% from the floor and 31.1% from beyond the arc with 1.5 made 3-pointers per contest. Pete Nance averages 11.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists per contest, shooting 50.0% from the field and 33.3% from downtown with 1.2 made 3-pointers per contest.

Pittsburgh

Blake Hinson tops the Panthers in scoring (17.2 points per game) and rebounding (7.5), and produces 1.8 assists. He also delivers 1.0 steal and 0.6 blocked shots. Jamarius Burton gets the Panthers 14.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists per contest. He also puts up 1.0 steal and 0.1 blocked shots. Nelly Cummings is the Panthers’ top assist man (4.7 per game), and he posts 11.2 points and 2.8 rebounds. Greg Elliott gets the Panthers 11.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game. He also puts up 0.8 steals and 0.3 blocked shots.

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What you need to know about the North Carolina Tar Heels

North Carolina and its opponents combined to hit the over 15 out of 23 times last season in conference play. The Tar Heels rank 28th in the country with 81.5 points per game this season. At the other end of the court, they rank 313th with 74.5 points allowed per contest. North Carolina ranks 18th-best in the country by pulling down 37.5 boards per game. In terms of rebounds allowed, it ranks 268th in college basketball (32.8 allowed per contest).

With 6.4 threes per game, North Carolina is 278th in the nation. It owns a 30.7% shooting percentage from three-point land, which ranks 314th in college basketball. With 8.3 three-pointers conceded per game, the Tar Heels are 289th in the country. They are allowing a 35.0% shooting percentage from three-point land, which ranks 274th in college basketball.

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What you need to know about the Pittsburgh Panthers

Pittsburgh went 9-12-0 ATS last season in conference play. In 2022-23, the Panthers are 115th in college basketball offensively (75.8 points scored per game) and 145th on defense (67.5 points allowed). In 2022-23, Pittsburgh is 25th-best in college basketball in rebounds (37.2 per game) and 174th in rebounds allowed (30.8).

The Panthers score 77.9 points per game at home, and 78.3 on the road. With 9.1 made 3-pointers per game and shooting 35.2% from beyond the arc, Pittsburgh is 47th and 121st in college basketball, respectively, in those categories. Defensively, the Panthers are 155th in the country in 3-pointers conceded per game at 6.9. They are 39th in 3-point percentage allowed at 28.9%.

North Carolina vs. Pittsburgh Prediction & Pick

Our prediction to win this matchup is North Carolina, and we predict that Pittsburgh will cover the spread (North Carolina -6). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 149.5 points.

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How to bet North Carolina vs. Pittsburgh

You can bet on North Carolina vs. Pittsburgh at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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WRITTEN BY

Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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