Pittsburgh vs NC State Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for Dec. 2 (Wolfpack Stand Tall in High-Scoring ACC Clash)

Devon Platana
Pittsburgh vs NC State prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
Pittsburgh vs NC State prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photo/Robert Franklin
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Pittsburgh vs NC State Game Info

2022-23 NCAA College Basketball Regular Season Game
Pittsburgh Panthers (5-3, 0-0 ACC) vs. NC State Wolfpack (7-1, 0-0 ACC)
Date: Friday, Dec. 2, 2022
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Venue: PNC Arena — Raleigh, NC
Coverage: ACC Network

The 2022-23 NCAA college basketball season continues on Friday, Dec. 2, including an ACC collision between the Pittsburgh Panthers and NC State Wolfpack.

Pittsburgh is one of the hottest teams in the nation, winning its fourth straight game with an 87-58 victory over Northwestern on Monday. At the same time, NC State's recent success can't be ignored, entering this game on a three-game winning streak following an 85-64 win against William & Mary just a few nights ago.

Can Pittsburgh improve its winning streak to five games on the road? Or will NC State remain victorious in its quest for the ACC's top spot?

Pittsburgh vs NC State Odds & Spread

All NCAA college basketball betting lines, odds and prop bets.
Moneyline: PITT: (+400) | NCST: (-550)
Spread: PITT: +10.5 (-118) | NCST: -10.5 (-104)
Total: 146.5 - Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

NC State enters this contest as the clear favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 7 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 146.5 points, which is high compared to Friday's projected totals.

Pittsburgh vs NC State Prediction & Pick

NC State has completely dominated Pittsburgh ever since they first met in 1951. The Wolfpack have won 20 of their 23 previous matchups against the Panthers, which includes a 12-game winning streak from 2014 to 2021. Keeping that in mind, Pitt did come out with a 71-69 victory in last season's meeting.

However, I don't think that Pittsburgh will continue its success tonight. NC State has the advantage on offense, averaging 83.0 points (T-No. 17) compared to Pitt's 73.3 PPG clip (No. 117). The Wolfpack has also gotten solid play from its defenders, proven by their having the 18th-best point differential (plus-17.6).

Besides, Pittsburgh isn't always consistent on offense. While the Panthers shot the bell well against Northwestern, they're only shooting 43.6% from the floor (No. 166) while turning the ball over 14.1 times per game (T-No. 230).

Pittsburgh should press throughout this affair, however, this is NC State's game to lose.

Final Score Prediction: NC State: 77 | Pittsburgh: 73

Pittsburgh vs NC State Betting Trends

- Pittsburgh is 0-5 straight up in its last five road games against NC State.
- NC State is 0-5 against the spread (ATS) in its last five games against the ACC.
- The total has hit the over in five of Pittsburgh's last seven games.
- The total has hit the over in nine of NC State's last 12 games.

Pittsburgh vs NC State Best Bet

Although I expect NC State to win, covering the 10.5-point spread will be too difficult. For starters, Pittsburgh won the last meeting of this rivalry. Secondly, the Wolfpack have failed to cover the spread in each of their last five ACC outings. Furthermore, they've also covered the spread in just two of their five home games so far this season.

With Pittsburgh also being 5-1 ATS in its last six games in December, I've got the Panthers covering the spread tonight.

Bet: Pittsburgh +10.5 (-118)

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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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