Clemson vs. Georgia Tech Odds, Picks | NCAAB Betting Guide (Dec. 21)
Pictured: Hunter Tyson (5) of the Clemson Tigers. (Photo by David Jensen/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
- Clemson travels to Atlanta to play Georgia Tech in its ACC opener.
- These teams stack up well on paper, but our analyst has found a betting edge.
- Cooper Van Tatenhove breaks down the matchup and shares his best bet below.
Clemson vs. Georgia Tech Odds
Clemson and Georgia Tech open up ACC play with a Wednesday night matchup in Atlanta.
This matchup with Georgia Tech will be Clemson’s second true road game of the season.
In their previous road matchup, the Tigers fell 60-58 to South Carolina on November 11th.
For the Yellow Jackets, their home arena has been where they have felt the most comfortable as six of their seven wins have come at home.
Both teams are coming off victories with Clemson having beat Richmond 85-57 and Georgia Tech handling its business against an outmatched Alabama State team, 96-60.
Clemson has been able to start its season off strong behind a highly efficient offense.
The Tigers are inside the top-50 nationally in adjusted offensive efficiency (109.5) due to their red-hot shooting from distance.
Through 12 games, Clemson is shooting 40.2% from three-point range, which is the 12th-highest rate in the country. The Tigers have four different players on their roster who have been able to shoot at least 40% from deep this season.
Clemson has been able to combine that outside shooting with exceptional interior play from its senior front-court duo of PF Hunter Tyson and C PJ Hall.
That experienced tandem has combined for 16.6 points and 13.0 rebounds per game.
Another exciting win in Littlejohn! Hunter Tyson and PJ Hall both went for 20+ and Chase Hunter and Alex Hemenway added in big performances for the Tigers‼️
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— Clemson Basketball (@ClemsonMBB) December 8, 2022
The production Clemson is able to garner from its front-court will be crucial against a Yellow Jackets’ defense that has been exposed in the interior.
Georgia Tech has allowed opponents to score 58% of their points from two-point range, which is the 31st-highest rate in the country.
For Clemson to steal a win on the road, it will need to utilize its size and talent advantage on the interior, not just its red-hot outside shooting.
Although Georgia Tech boasts a 7-4 record, its strongest win came at home against No. 98 Georgia, 79-77.
It is also important to note the Yellow Jackets three loses came to Utah, Marquette and North Carolina — a trio of teams inside the top-50 nationally.
Georgia Tech has been able to take care of business against inferior opponents through a fundamental defense that ranks 43rd nationally in effective FG% allowed (45.5%).
This high defensive ranking is due in large part to the Yellow Jackets’ ability to stretch their defense beyond the three-point line.
Through 12 games, Georgia Tech has allowed its opponents to shoot just 27.1% from beyond the arc, the 13th-lowest percentage in the country.
As a result of that lock-down perimeter defense, Clemson’s front-court will be asked to contribute at a high clip on Wednesday night.
This emphasis on the interior is crucial for a Georgia Tech team that has been battling injuries on the inside.
Senior C Javon Franklin missed Georgia Tech’s last contest with Alabama State due to a groin injury and is listed as questionable for Wednesday night’s contest with Clemson.
Additionally, PG Deivon Smith (ankle) and SF Dallan Coleman (Achilles) played limited minutes against Alabama State.
Clemson vs. Georgia Tech Betting Pick
In what is projected to be a tight contest between two talented ACC opponents, I see value with the Tigers.
Even if the Yellow Jackets are able to create some shooting regression for Clemson, I still believe the Tigers will have an answer on offense.
Given Georgia Tech’s injury status, Clemson will have success on the interior via its experienced front-court.
Look for the Tigers to get revenge for a 69-64 defeat in Atlanta a year ago.
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