January 18, 2018
There is one pick tonight.
Take Georgia Tech +8 spread (buy the half point) against Virginia for 3% the bankroll.
This is a matchup in which we believe both defenses are going to be the stars of the show. The Virginia Cavaliers currently lead the country in scoring defense, allowing just 52.9 points per game while also ranking 2nd in the nation is shooting percentage defense, holding team to just 36.4% shooting from the field.
Georgia Tech on the other hand is playing some stifling defense themselves. They come into this contest playing they best basketball of the season and are winners of 5 of their last 6 games. During this stretch, they have turned up the defensive pressure and are holding team to just 58.5 points per contest. The Yellow Jackets are a perfect 7-0 on the season when holding teams below 60 points this season.
Virginia has managed to win 5 of the last 6 meetings between these two teams. While they have been dominant in this series, we believe that is going to give the Yellow Jackets the added motivation to perform in this contest. Being favored by a hefty margin on the road, is always a dangerous proposition, especially in the ACC Conference. Georgia Tech already holds 1 victory at home over a team ranked in the top 25 and would like nothing more than to hand the #2 ranked team a loss in front of their home fans.
We expect this game to be a defensive battle, which should slow down the pace of the game and make it difficult for either team to create separation on the scoreboard. 8 points is a lot to lay on the road and we believe it will be too big of a number to cover in this matchup. Tech is a sneaky team at home and we expect them to surprise Virginia and give them all they can handle in this contest. We wouldn't completely rule out the thought of Georgia Tech pulling off the outright upset, but at the very least, we expect them to keep things competitive and be able to stay within this rather large point spread.
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