December 20, 2016
There is one pick tonight.
Take Georgia Tech +4 spread against Georgia for 3% of the bankroll.
One of the most bitter rivalries resume tonight as the Georgia Bulldogs travel to McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta to take on their in-state nemesis, the Georgia Tech Yellowjackets.
The Georgia Bulldogs come into this contest with a bit of momentum having won 4 of their last 5 games and are coming off a dominant performance against the Charleston State Buccaneers. In that contest, Georgia shot 53% from the field, and used their size advantage to out-rebound Charleston State by a 41-23 margin. We believe they will have a much tougher time against an opponent who matches up with them extremely well.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are off to an impressive start to the season given the turnover that they have seen from a season ago. As a team, the Yellow Jackets are scoring an average of 71 points per game and are led by the play of Ben Lammers.The Junior Center has been a force this season, collecting six double-doubles in nine games and has reached double digits in points in every game this season. Lammers is now averaging a team-leading 15.3 points per game. Georgia Tech also must be excited about the play they are receiving from Freshman, John Okogie. Okogie is off to a phenomenal start, averaging 15.1 points per game, and was named ACC amateur of the week in late November after scoring 38 points in the Yellow Jackets victory over Tulane.
Georgia Tech is just starting to find their stride on the offensive side of the ball as they have hit 40% from three-point range in three of their last four contest, however, the Yellow Jackets have been playing solid defense all season long. On the season, they have been holding their opponents to an average of just 66.2 points per game which is good for 70th in the nation. They are also second in the country in blocks per game, averaging 7.56 per contest.
This is going to be an extremely difficult game for the Bulldogs. In three road contests thus far this season, the Bulldogs are an unimpressive 1-2, averaging just 66 points per game away from home. Meanwhile, Tech has been very impressive at home this season, compiling a 5-1 overall record, scoring an average of 74.2 points per game while holding their opponents to just around 10 less per contest. Tech has owned the series meeting being played here in McCamish Pavilion, going 7-2 straight up and 6-3 ATS in the last 9 meetings. We believe the home court advantage will be the deciding factor in this contest and even if Tech falls short of the outright victory, we believe the points will come into play and prove to be valuable.
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