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Georgia Tech vs. FSU Predictions, Odds
- December 15, 2020
- By Thom Cunningham
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets look to continue their recent success when they take on the No. 15 Florida State Seminoles. Tip-off from Donald L. Tucker Center is set for 8:30 p.m. (ET) on the ACC Network.
- Expert Picks: Vegas Insiders
- Conference: ACC
- Venue: Donald L. Tucker Center
- Location: Tallahassee, Florida
- Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2020
- Time: 8:30 p.m.
- TV: ACCN
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Georgia Tech-FSU Betting Odds
- Spread: FSU -8.5
- Money-Line: FSU -500 Georgia Tech +350
- Total: 142
Odds Subject to Change
FSU enters this home game as an -8.5-point favorite against the Yellow Jackets, who have won a couple games after some early disappointing losses.
The Seminoles have been nothing short of impressive, winning back-to-back home games against tough opponents in Indiana and Florida. Georgia Tech is also coming off impressive wins, defeating Kentucky and Nebraska. Despite the impressive wins for Georgia Tech, FSU is the toughest opponent they will have faced thus far.
Make no mistake about it, the Seminoles are a Final Four potential team and still have kind odds to win the ACC hovering around the +400 range. FSU is also difficult to beat at home, so it makes sense to see the -8.5-point spread and there is a case it could be higher.
Betting Analysis – Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)
- SU: 2-2
- ATS: 2-2
- SU - Home: 1-2
- SU - Away: 1-0
- O/U: 2-2
The Yellow Jackets are 2-2 across the board. They are 2-2 SU, 2-2 ATS and 2-2 O/U. One has to think the O/U will favor the OVER as the season progresses, as Georgia Tech is averaging 86.8 points per game. That point total is impressive, as the Yellow Jackets seem to be getting better with each passing game.
Jose Alvarado is the leader of this experienced team, the school's ball handler and averaging 17.8 points per game. The real factor for Georgia Tech's impressive run has been the emergence of Moses Wright this season, leading the team in points per game with 21.3 and 10 rebounds.
Quite frankly, this is a dangerous team that has little-to-no recognition. Bubba Parham, Michael Devoe and Jordan Usher all average 11 points per game or more. The top six point scorers are all upperclassmen, so this is a team that has chemistry and production across the board.
The early season losses to Mercer and Georgia State are tough to ignore, but since then the defense has limited opponents to 63 points per game (against Kentucky and Nebraska). As stated already, FSU is the best team they will have faced so far. Winning this game outright is not as difficult as advertised, but still a tall task to accomplish.
The spread becomes a bit more intriguing for those siding with Georgia Tech, as the Yellow Jackets have won two straight games but a double-digit point total. Overall, this team is a tough read due to the short amount of games and seeing Georgia Tech touch one end of the performance spectrum to the other.
The only real certainty surrounding Georgia Tech is experience, so playing any conference road game (without fans) isn't much of a concern. FSU is the better team by a long shot, despite the impressive recent play of Georgia Tech and its veterans leaders.
Betting Analysis – FSU Seminoles
Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)
- SU: 3-0
- ATS: 2-1
- SU - Home: 3-0
- SU - Away: 0-0
- O/U: 1-2
FSU simply doesn't lose at home, and they are the better team in almost every category. The Seminoles present one of the better offensive-defensive rating ratios in the country of 109.2-to-89.9, a solid formula for a March Madness run. Entering this game, taking FSU to win the ACC has a case to be the best bet upon entering - despite not being able to potentially collect until March.
FSU has four players who average double-digit point totals with starts with senior M.J. Walker. Walker averages 17.7 points per game, but the offense runs through freshman Scottie Barnes. Barnes is effective in scoring, rebounding and passing - acting as the Seminoles Swiss army knife in this offense.
What makes FSU such a big threat, literally, is the big man Balsa Koprivica. There's not many big men who can move the way he does, while also playing post-basketball when needed to. Raiquan Gray leads the team in rebounding average, but Koprivica and three others also do a good job crashing the glass.
FSU will have the height advantage in almost every game they're in, as this one is no different. FSU's talent and defensive advantage should see them win this game, but the question is whether or not Georgia Tech's experience can break through to cover?
Inside the Stats – Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
- PS/G: 86.8 (32nd)
- PA/G: 83 (295th)
- Off Rtg: 107.4 (99th)
- Def Rtg: 102.8 (241st)
Inside the Stats – FSU Seminoles
- PS/G: 79.3 (84th)
- PA/G: 65.3 (92nd)
- Off Rtg: 109.2 (81st)
- Def Rtg: 89.9 (80th)
Key Players to Watch
- GT - Moses Wright (21.3 PPG, 10 RPG)
- GT - Jose Alvarado (17.8 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 4 APG)
- FSU - M.J. Walker (17.7 PPG)
- FSU - Scottie Barnes (11.3 PPG, 4 RPG, 5.3 APG)
Georgia Tech-FSU Predictions
This should be a great game, as the matchup of Barnes vs. Alvarado is one of the more intriguing backcourts battles we'll see this season. Although FSU has been limiting teams to the 60-point total, Georgia Tech's offense is averaging over 85 a game.
This might actually see both teams touch 70 or 80 points, as the spread seems too close to call. Most computer projections have an eight point victory for FSU, with Georgia Tech scoring roughing 65. With the experience and current form Georgia Tech has, they should be fine in touching 70.
Believing Georgia Tech can touch 70, and the thought that FSU wins at home (per usual), it would seem process of elimination leads us to the point total. At 142, it seems safe to take the OVER if you think each team can touch 70 in this one.
- Score Prediction: FSU 81 Georgia Tech 73
- Best Bets: OVER 142
- Best Bets: FSU 1H
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