Virginia Tech Hokies vs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Free Pick ATS

by | Last updated Feb 15, 2023 | cbb

Virginia Tech (15-10 SU 10-14 ATS) vs. Georgia Tech (9-16 SU 14-10 ATS)
When: Wednesday, February 15th: 7:00 ET
Where: McCamish Pavilion Atlanta, GA
Point Spread: VT -7.5/GT +7.5
Total: 141.0
Money Line: Virginia Tech Hokies -347/Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets +268

On Wednesday, February 15th, the Virginia Tech Hokies will take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in an ACC matchup. Both teams have had their struggles this season, but each will look to come out with a win in this game. In this article, we will analyze both teams’ current form, line movement, average power rating of opponents played, home and away performances, offense and defense statistics, three-point shooting, injuries, and make a pick against the spread.

Line Movement

The spread line for this game opened with Virginia Tech as 8.5-point favorites, but it has since dropped to -7.5. The total line opened at 141 and has moved up slightly to 141.5.

Last Game Info

Virginia Tech is coming off a 93-87 victory over Notre Dame. The Hokies were favored to win with a point spread of -5, and the combined 180 points finished above the 143.5 total line. Georgia Tech lost their previous game to Wake Forest by a score of 71-70. However, the Yellow Jackets were able to cover the spread as 13-point underdogs, and the combined 141 points did not surpass the 148.5 total line.

Current Form

Virginia Tech has a 15-10 record and is 3-2 in their last five games, going 3-2 against the spread. Over this stretch, the Hokies’ offense is averaging 82.2 points per game while hitting 52.0% of their shots from the field. On the defensive end of the floor, they have allowed opponents to shoot 50.0% from the field while allowing 79.8 points per contest.

Georgia Tech, on the other hand, has a 9-16 record and is 1-4 in their last five games, going 3-2 against the spread. In these five games, they have a scoring average of 61.0 points per game on a shooting percentage of 38.1%. Defensively, they are allowing teams to hit 45.7% of their shots while giving up 73.0 points per game.

Average Power Rating of Opponents Played

This season, the combined power rating of Virginia Tech’s opponents comes in at 82.4. On the other side, Georgia Tech’s combined opponent power rating sits at 81.1.

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Home and Away Performances

Virginia Tech has played eight road games this season, and they have a record of 1-7. In these contests, Virginia Tech is 1-6 against the spread. Offensively, they have averaged 72.6 points per game on a shooting percentage of 47.1%. On defense, the Hokies are allowing 76.8 points per contest when playing away from home. So far, opposing teams have a field goal percentage of 47.6% in these games.

Georgia Tech has played 15 games at home this season, and they have a 10-4 record against the spread while going 8-7 straight-up. On offense, the Yellow Jackets are shooting 43.4% on their home floor, leading to 70.7 points per game. Defensively, opponents are shooting 43.6% in these contests. The Georgia Tech defense is allowing 69.9 points per game at home.

Offense vs. Defense

For the season, Virginia Tech is averaging 70.7 points per game, while posting an overall field goal percentage of 47.0%. In this game, they will be matched up against a Georgia Tech defense that has allowed an average of 71.0 points per contest. This year, opponents have hit 44.3% of their shots versus Georgia Tech. On the other side, the Yellow Jackets are coming into the game averaging 68.6 points per game on a shooting percentage of 44.2%. The Yellow Jackets will be facing a defensive unit allowing an average of 68.8 points per contest. So far, teams have hit 43.7% of their shots versus the Hokies.

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Three-Point Shooting

From beyond the arc, Virginia Tech has a shooting percentage of 39.3% while ranking 300th in attempts per game. The Hokies will be facing a Georgia Tech defense that has a 3-point field goal shooting percentage allowed of 31.1%. Georgia Tech enters the game, having hit 35.6% of their looks from deep while averaging 7.22 made 3’s per game. On the other end, Virginia Tech has allowed opponents to hit 33.1% of their shots from beyond the arc.

Injuries of Note

For Virginia Tech, Darius Maddox is listed as questionable due to personal reasons, while Rodney Rice is out with a finger injury. Georgia Tech has no reported injuries.

Pick Against the Spread

In this game, Virginia Tech is favored by 7.5 points, but I believe that the Yellow Jackets can cover the spread. Although Georgia Tech has a poor record this season, they have been playing better lately and have cashed versus the spread in three straight games. Virginia Tech has struggled on the road this season, winning just one of their eight games and going 1-6 against the spread. We believe that the Yellow Jackets can keep the game close and potentially pull off the upset. Take Georgia Tech +7.5.