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Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs Virginia Tech Hokies Predictions
Pickswise's Expert Predictions & Analysis
Point Spread Prediction
Georgia Tech is having a solid season. The Yellow Jackets have been good enough to press some of the better teams on their schedule and are generally winning the games they are supposed to. I don’t see how this team is going to make the Tournament without the auto-bid though so this game is not overly critical, just another chance to show they can compete with the top of the ACC. The Jackets have covered in three in a row, including their last two on the road.
The Hokies have disappeared in February. First they lost to Pitt after their big statement win against Virginia, and they have not played since February 6. Virginia Tech is solid but not spectacular so they might be in trouble here if they are showing some rust. Also, Tyrece Radford–their second-leading scorer–is unavailable due to suspension. He is one of just two scorers in double-figures. Keve Aluma is the other and there is going to be a lot of extra attention on him in this one.
With Radford out and the Hokies off a COVID pause, Georgia Tech is the play here–I was just hoping for more points to work with. Teams coming off a break are generally out of sorts for a game or two and Virginia Tech was already winning by small margins. They look ripe for the upset here for sure. I will take the points just for a little insurance. It seems like games are finishing on one-point margins more than ever this season. Aluma is just not going to be enough on his own. Take Georgia Tech.
Game Totals Prediction
Georgia Tech is not an overwhelming offensive team. They have been trading overs and unders all month and it looks like the oddsmakers are expecting a low-scoring battle in this one. Correlating this with the handicap above, I think the over is the way to go. Georgia Tech has not won a game in which it scored less than 70 points all season. Their sweet spot is in the 70s and above, so I expect them to push the pace enough to get there. The Yellow Jackets are not an especially strong defensive team, so even if the Hokies are a little rusty they should be able to get into the 70s as well. Take the over.