NC State Wolfpack vs. Clemson Tigers Predictions 3/8/22

by | Last updated Mar 8, 2022 | cbb

North Carolina State Wolfpack (11-20 SU, 7-24-0 ATS) vs. Clemson Tigers (16-15 SU, 15-13-3 ATS)
When: Tuesday March 08 2022, 4:30 PM PM (ET)
Where: Barclays Center

Point Spread: North Carolina State 5.5/North Carolina State -5.5
Total: 144.5
Money Line: Wolfpack 186/Clemson -234
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Key Injuries

North Carolina State Breon Pass: Ankle (QUESTIONABLE) Greg Gantt: Abdominal (OUT) Manny Bates: Shoulder (OUT) Ernest Ross: Ankle (OUT)

Clemson Clemson has no reported injuries at this time.: Clemson has no reported injuries at this time. (Clemson has no reported injuries at this time.)

Recent Form

The North Carolina State Wolfpack come into this matchup with an overall record of 11-20. On the season, the Wolfpack have struggled in ACC action. Through 20 games, the Wolfpack are 15th in the conference with a record of 4-16. Not only is North Carolina State struggling in the ACC, but they also have a below .500 record on the road, sitting at 4-10. Against Clemson, the Wolfpack will look to turn things around, as they are on a 4 game losing streak.

The Clemson Tigers get set to host the Wolfpack with an overall record of 16-15. On the season, the Tigers have struggled in ACC action. Through 20 games, the Tigers are 10nd in the conference with a record of 8-12. However, they have managed to put together an above .500 record when playing at home. Through 16 home contests, Clemson has a record of 11-5. Heading into this matchup, the Tigers are looking to stay hot, as they try to add on to their current 4 game win streak.

For the season, the North Carolina State Wolfpack are averaging 73.3 points per game, good for a rank of 94th in the NCAA. When playing on the road, the Wolfpack’s scoring average drops to 74.5. The team’s defensive performance also takes a hit when playing away from home, giving up an additional 4.0 points per game. On the other side, the Clemson Tigers are the 133rd ranked scoring offense, averaging 71.7 points per game. Throughout the season, the Tigers’ offense has not experienced an uptick when playing at home, averaging 74.0 points per game on their home floor. However, the Tigers’ defense has not benefited from playing at home, giving up just 1.0 fewer point per game.

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Efficiency Outlook

Clemson enters this matchup vs North Carolina State, having played 20 games as the more efficient offense and defensive team. In these contests, they have posted a record of 12-8. Through 31 games, the Tigers are averaging 74.0 points per 70.0 possessions (NCAA Average), compared to 74.0 for the Tigers. In these situations, Clemson has an average scoring margin of 7.0 points. On the other side, the Wolfpack are 1-4 as the inferior team on both ends of the court. In these 2 instances, they hold an average scoring margin of -6.0.

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Betting Trends Worth Noting

  • Wolfpack are 15-36-2 ATS in their last 53 games overall.
  • Wolfpack are 8-20-1 ATS in their last 29 games following a straight up loss.
  • Tigers are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 neutral site games.
  • Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games as a favorite.

Joe’s Against the Spread Pick

NC State only shot 40% over their last five games while giving up over 50% on defense. I absolutely love the Tigers to cover this game easily!