The Stanford Cardinal will make the long trip east this Tuesday night, to tangle with the No.25 North Carolina Wolfpack at PNC Arena in a Pac-12/ACC early season clash. The game is set to tip-off at 6pm.
Men’s Basketball Picks- Stanford Cardinals vs. No.25 North Carolina St.
NCAAB Record: 5-1
Stanford is off to a 7-3 start with a
4-4 record against the spread in games with posted lines. They have gone 2-1-1
ATS in its road and neutral site games so far. The Cardinal’s two top scorers
have been Dwight
Powell and Chasson Randle, who are each averaging over 14 points a game.
However, the team as a whole is ranked 140th in the nation in
scoring with 69.9 points a game and hitting on just 39.8 percent of its shots.
This is one of the worst shooting percentages in nation among Division I
schools. It gets even worse from three-point range with a dismal shooting
percentage of just 26 percent.
leads the team in rebounds with 8.2 a game and Powell is adding another 6.9,
but the Cardinal are ranked 72nd in the nation overall with an
average of 38 a game. This has been good enough against some of the smaller
teams they have faced but could be a real issue in this matchup.
State Game Preview
to both Oklahoma State and No.2 Michigan at the end of November, the Wolfpack
have strung together three-straight victories to improve to 7-2 SU (4-3 ATS) on
the year. They are 4-0 SU (2-0 ATS) at home and total has stayed UNDER in three
of five games this season.
comes into this game as the top shooting team in the country; hitting 52.7
percent from the field and 39.1 percent from three-point range. TJ Warren and
Richard Howell have led the way with a combined 28.7 points a game while
converting on over 67 percent of their shots. The Wolfpack have done a great
job at spreading the ball around with three additional players scoring in
double figures. As a whole, the team is averaging 78.4 points and has scored 80
or more points in five of its nine games. Rebounding remains an issue with an
average of just 36.7 a game and it has given-up 75 points or more in four games
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vs. NC State Betting Lines and Trends
BetOnline Pointspread: NC State -7
BetOnline Total Line: 143
are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games following a SU win and 4-1 ATS in their
last five games against the ACC. The total has stayed UNDER in four of their
last five road games.
are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against the Pac-12 and 11-2 ATS in their
last 13 games following a SU win. The total has stayed UNDER in five of their
last seven non-conference games.
December, Stanford knocked-off NC State 76-72 as a nine-point favorite at home.
The total in that game went OVER the 141.5-point line.
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vs. NC State Game Prediction
Stanford is a solid, all-around team. But,
it does not have the horses to run with NC State in this matchup. It would need
to shoot lights out just to keep things close and that is clearly not its
strong suit. Stick with the Wolfpack to avenge last year’s loss to the Cardinal
on the road with a fairly easy victory at home.
Picks: North Carolina State 74 Stanford 65 @ 5Dimes
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