North Carolina vs Pittsburgh Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for December 30 (Tar Heels Extend Streak in ACC Clash)

Devon Platana
North Carolina vs Pittsburgh prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
North Carolina vs Pittsburgh prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photos/Craig Mitchelldyer

North Carolina vs Pittsburgh Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Basketball Regular Season Game
  • No. 25 North Carolina (9-4, 1-1 ACC) vs. Pittsburgh (9-4, 2-0 ACC)
  • Date: Friday, December 30, 2022
  • Time: 12:00 PM ET
  • Venue: Petersen Events Center -- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Friday, Dec. 30 brings even more NCAA college basketball matchups, including an ACC meeting between the No. 25 North Carolina Tar Heels and Pittsburgh Panthers.

North Carolina picked up its fourth straight win with an 80-76 effort against Michigan last week thanks to Armando Bacot's game-high 26 points on 73.3% shooting. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh enters tonight's action riding a three-game winning streak, having defeated Syracuse, 84-82, in its latest outing.

Can North Carolina extend its winning ways to five games in a row? Or will Pittsburgh keep its own streak alive in front of a rowdy Petersen Events Center crowd?

North Carolina vs Pittsburgh Odds & Spread

North Carolina enters this contest as the clear favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 12 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 149.5 points, with the under being favored at -115 odds.

North Carolina vs Pittsburgh Betting Trends

  • Against the spread, North Carolina is 4-9-0 this season.
  • As 5.5-point favorites or more, the Tar Heels are 3-6 against the spread.
  • North Carolina has seen seven of its 13 games hit the over.
  • Against the spread, Pittsburgh is 10-3-0 this season.
  • As a 5.5-point underdog or greater, the Panthers have two wins ATS (2-1).
  • There have been eight Pittsburgh games (out of 13) that hit the over this season.
North Carolina Rank North Carolina AVG Pittsburgh AVG Pittsburgh Rank
28th 81.5 Points Scored 75.8 117th
312th 74.5 Points Allowed 67.5 148th
19th 37.5 Rebounds 37.2 26th
153rd 9.3 Off. Rebounds 10.2 78th
279th 6.4 3pt Made 9.1 49th
239th 12.8 Assists 14.8 101st
87th 11.5 Turnovers 13.3 256th

North Carolina vs Pittsburgh Prediction & Pick

North Carolina has won more often than not when facing Pittsburgh, winning 15 of the previous 20 matchups in this ACC rivalry. Having said that, the Panthers have gotten the better of the Tar Heels, winning 76-67 in the last meeting back in February.

Nevertheless, I like the idea of North Carolina getting a win back tonight. The Tar Heels have one of the best offenses in the nation, averaging 81.5 points (No. 18) this season with a plus-14.0 scoring over their last three games. After Pittsburgh just allowed Syracuse to score 82 points last night, I don't see UNC's offense slowing down tonight.

After winning three of their previous four trips to Petersen Events Center, North Carolina is in a great position to resume its success against Pittsburgh.

Final Score Prediction: North Carolina: 83 | Pittsburgh: 77

North Carolina vs Pittsburgh Best Bet

While I expect North Carolina to walk out with the victory, I'm looking at Pittsburgh on the spread. Not only are the Panthers 5-0 ATS in their last five December games, but they've also covered in each of their last eight games overall. Meanwhile, the Tar Heels have failed to cover the spread in nine of their last 13 games on top of being 1-5 ATS in their last six outings on a Friday.

At the end of the day, expect Pittsburgh to keep things closer than the spread implies.

Bet: Pittsburgh +6.5 (-110)

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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