Pittsburgh vs. Syracuse Picks & Odds: Sneaky Edges Offer Betting Value

Oct 18, 2019 05:28 PM EDT
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  • Syracuse and Pitt square off on Friday night and the latest betting odds have Pitt as a 3.5-point favorite and the over/under as 53.5.
  • What are the sneaky advantages that are offering betting value? See our expert's pick and analysis for this ACC showdown, which kicks off at 7 p.m. ET on Friday.

Pitt at Syracuse Picks & Odds

  • Spread: Pittsburgh -3.5
  • Over/Under: 52
  • Time: 7 p.m. ET
  • TV: ESPN

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Line Movement for Syracuse-Pitt

Opening numbers for this game varied by sportsbook, but at one point or another just about every book listed Pitt at an even -3 (some were even inside the key number for a short time). The entire market has moved on from that line by this point, listing the Panthers as 3.5-point favorites behind 55% of bets and 56% of money.

As for the total, while it’s bounced between 50.5 and 52.5 several times since opening, oddsmakers are currently sitting right in the middle of the range at 51.5. The over has generated 71% of money on 55% of bets. — Danny Donahue

Stuckey: Too Much Disrespect for Syracuse?

The two big issues for Syracuse’s defense this year has been its overall play at linebacker and its inability to prevent long plays through the air. The Orange have allowed 26 pass plays of 20-plus yards on the season, putting them in the bottom-20 in that metric.

Part of Syracuse’s inefficiencies on defense can be attributed to some key injuries in the secondary. The Orange have been without 2018 Freshman All-American safety Andre Cisco, who was a havoc beast last year with seven interceptions and 11 pass breakups. Cisco hasn’t played since getting hurt in the third game of the year against Clemson on Sep. 14.

He had an interception in each of his first two games this year. Cisco dressed last week but didn’t play against NC State. However, I expect him to play this week since he’s listed on the official depth chart — even if it’s with an OR (he is the top name, which is a good sign).

Syracuse has also been without starting corner Ifeatu Melifonwu since that Clemson game. And like Cisco, he’s also listed at the top of an OR on the depth chart.

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