Notre Dame vs Georgia Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for Dec. 18 (Bulldogs Feed Off Home Crowd in Upset Win)

Larry Rupp
Notre Dame vs Georgia prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
Notre Dame vs Georgia prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photos/Michael Caterina
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Notre Dame vs Georgia Game Info

2022-23 NCAA College Basketball Regular Season Game
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7-3) vs. Georgia Bulldogs (7-3)
Date: Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022
Time: 5:30 p.m. ET
Venue: State Farm Arena — Atlanta, GA
Coverage: ESPN2

The 2022-23 college basketball season continues on Sunday with a thrilling matchup between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Georgia Bulldogs. Notre Dame fell short in a 79-64 loss to Marquette last Sunday. Senior Nate Laszewski tallied 20 points, but the team forced just 3 turnovers on defense.

Meanwhile, Georgia is coming off a close loss of its own. The Bulldogs couldn't get the job done in a 79-77 defeat at the hands of Georgia Tech on Dec. 6. Terry Roberts guided the offense with a team-high 16 points and 7 rebounds. It was a lackluster effort from the line (9-of-16) that hurt the Bulldogs.

Notre Dame vs Georgia Odds & Spread

All NCAA college basketball betting lines, odds and prop bets.
Moneyline: ND: (-154) | GA: (+128)
Spread: ND: -2.5 (-120) | GA: +2.5 (-102)
Total: 133.5 —Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

Notre Dame enters this contest as slight favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 5:30 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 133.5 points, which is about average compared to Sunday's projected totals.

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Notre Dame vs Georgia Prediction & Pick

A lack of takeaways is what has kept Notre Dame from emerging as a true ACC threat early on this year. The Fighting Irish are forcing only 7.7 turnovers per game, which is the second-worst mark in the entire country. The good news is that they average the fewest turnovers per game in NCAA (8.9).

A lack of turnovers means there's not going to be many extra scoring chances. That makes offensive rebounding much more important. Georgia has excelled with an offensive rebounding percentage of 35.0% (No. 22 in NCAA), while Notre Dame has struggled with a mark of 18.1% (No. 352 in NCAA).

Georgia is 4-1 straight up in their last five Sunday home games, so I'll side with the Bulldogs.

Final Score Prediction: Notre Dame: 65 | Georgia: 67

Notre Dame vs Georgia Betting Trends

- Notre Dame is 1-8-1 against the spread (ATS) in its last 10 games.
- The total has hit the under in six of Notre Dame's last seven games.
- Georgia is 5-2 straight up in its last seven games played on a Sunday.
- The total has hit the under in five of Georgia's last seven games.

Notre Dame vs Georgia Best Bet

Notre Dame may be 7-3 straight up this season, but it is only 1-8-1 against the spread (ATS). The Fighting Irish are not blowing out opponents or keeping games close when they are supposed to. On the other side, Georgia has posted an amazing average scoring margin of +13.3 at home (6-0 record).

It's worth noting that Notre Dame ranks 356th out of 363 teams in pace this NCAA season. The Fighting Irish are not afraid to wait until a good shot arrives, even if it takes up the entire shot clock. That may not work against a Georgia defense that allows a shooting percentage of 38.1% at home.

Bet: Georgia Bulldogs +2.5 (-102)

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