Louisville Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Panthers, Tuesday, Las Vegas Odds, NCAA Basketball Betting, Picks, Prediction

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When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Where: Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPNU

Team  Spread Money Line Total
Louisville Cardinals -5.5 (-110) -240 144 -110
Pittsburgh Panthers +5.5 (-110) +200 144 -110

The fans at Petersen Events Center will be treated to a game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Panthers when they take their seats on Tuesday.

ABOUT LOUISVILLE (16-4, 4-3 ACC): Hicks was key in helping the Cardinals’ reserves outscore the Seminoles’ bench 40-11, and the graduate transfer, who led Penn in scoring in each of his final two seasons with the Quakers, earned praise from Pitino for his ability to quickly transition to his new role as the primary point guard in Snider’s absence. “Hicks has come from zero ability mentally and physically to play the point guard position, to about 60 percent of the way there, which is awesome in four to five months,” Pitino said. Reserve center Mangok Mathiang (6.2 points, 6.2 rebounds) has also come on of late for Louisville, averaging 12.5 points and 10.5 boards after posting 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds versus the Seminoles.

ABOUT PITTSBURGH (12-7, 1-5): Artis (22 points per game), who went 15-for-22 from the field (including 7-of-13 beyond the arc) in the first meeting, has only totaled 31 points on 12-of-27 shooting (2-of-9 from long-range) in losses to Miami and NC State. Michael Young (21.1 points, second in the ACC) appeared to be much more comfortable in his second game wearing a mask to protect a fractured bone near his right eye, scoring 25 points on 9-of-19 shooting after failing to connect on any of his 10 field-goal attempts in a two-point effort against the Hurricanes. The Panthers are allowing opponents to shoot 48.7 percent from the field, including 46.1 percent from 3-point range, during their current four-game losing streak.

Oddsmakers currently have the Cardinals listed as 5½-point favorites versus the Panthers, while the game’s total is sitting at 144.

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 79-74 loser as they battled Wolfpack on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a +3-point underdog.

In their last action, Louisville was a 73-68 loser on the road against Seminoles. They covered the +5.5-point spread as underdogs.

Upon giving up a KFC Yum! Center-record 43 points to Jamel Artis less than two weeks ago, Louisville coach Rick Pitino likened the effort of the Pittsburgh senior sharpshooter that night to a “Steph Curry performance.” The 14th-ranked Cardinals will attempt to do a better job of bottling up the ACC’s top scorer Tuesday as they eye a regular-season sweep and a 10th straight win over the struggling Panthers.

Louisville led by as many as 26 points early in the second half at home against Pitt on Jan. 11 before Artis caught fire and almost singlehandedly brought the Panthers back, scoring a program-record 32 points after the break and a career-high 43 for the game – the most by an ACC player in nearly nine years – in an 85-80 defeat. Life hasn’t gotten any easier for the Panthers since, as they were routed 72-46 at home by Miami (Fla.) three days later and watched their losing streak extend to four games with a five-point setback at North Carolina State last Tuesday. The Cardinals used a win at Georgia Tech and a perfect three-game homestand to rebound from a rare 0-2 start in conference play, but they never quite recovered from falling behind 14-0 in the opening 2 1/2 minutes of Saturday’s 73-68 loss to No. 8 Florida State. Tony Hicks’ season-high 16 points off the bench was an encouraging sign for a team playing its second game without floor general Quentin Snider.

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Louisville:
Team record: 16-4 SU,13-5 ATS
Louisville is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Louisville is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Louisville’s last 6 games

Pittsburgh:
Team record: 12-7 SU,6-11-2 ATS
Current Streak: lost 4 straight games.
Pittsburgh is 6-16-2 ATS in its last 24 games
Pittsburgh is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 3-9-2 ATS in its last 14 games at home

Next up:
Louisville home to North Carolina State Sunday, January 29
Pittsburgh home to Clemson Saturday, January 28

TIP-INS
1. The Panthers’ 80 points in the first meeting marked the first time they topped 68 during their nine-game losing streak in this series.

2. Louisville ranks sixth in the nation in blocks (6.3), sixth in field-goal percentage defense (29) and eighth in field-goal percentage defense (38).

3. Pitt is hoping to avoid its first five-game losing streak since the end of the 2014-15 season, which was its worst run since an eight-game skid in 2011-12.
Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Louisville Cardinals will cover the spread at -5.5 and the game will stay under 144 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Louisville 71, Pittsburgh 63 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

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