Clemson vs North Carolina Odds, Predictions, Preview: Tar Heels Heavy Favorite at Home

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Clemson and North Carolina meet for a college basketball rematch in Chapel Hill. UNC won the first game, 65-55, on Jan. 6 in Clemson as a +2.5 dog. The Tar Heels are a hefty home favorite here.

Nationwide gamblers will also like this clash of two well-known teams. UNC is ranked No. 3 in the nation behind UConn and Purdue, while Clemson is always well-regarded. While North Carolina sports betting is unavailable online, local bettors can still find a retail sportsbook to place their bet.

Here’s a look at North Carolina vs Clemson predictions, odds, and analysis.

 

Always shop for the best value. Some books differ by half a point on the spread and a point or more on the total.

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The Books Like the Tar Heels

UNC’s recent hot streak of 11-1 and Clemson’s 5-7 rough patch make the Tar Heels a substantial chalk. They were -7.5 Tuesday morning at -115 juice at DraftKings, suggesting the line could still go higher.

The total of 153.5 will not be easy to reach. It would require both teams to be offensively sharp.

UNC vs Clemson Betting News

Much has changed in the favor of UNC since these teams’ first matchup. The Tar Heels have won seven of their last eight games while the Tigers have gone 3-4,  albeit with two losses by one point and another by three in overtime.

Bettors may conclude that Clemson is more competitive than its recent record suggests. Clemson has scuffled since beginning 9-0 and 11-1, but has stayed in most games.

UNC vs Clemson Betting Trends

Clemson stands 14-7 on the moneyline, 11-10 ATS and 13-8 on the Overs. The last five Clemson games have averaged 147 points. The Tigers come off a 66-65 setback to Virginia.

Against Duke, a recent common opponent, Clemson lost 72-71 in late January. UNC beat Duke 93-84 in its last game. 

Clemson is 23-136 all-time against North Carolina, including 1-60 in games played in Chapel Hill, including 1-29 at the Smith Center. Clemson’s lone win in Chapel Hill came on Jan. 11, 2020 by a 79-76 score in overtime.

The Tar Heels are 18-4 moneyline, 13-8-1 ATS, and 10-12 on the Over. They enter off the 93-84 triumph over Duke. Their last five games have averaged 152.4 total points.

UNC vs Clemson Players That Bettors Will Watch

Top Scoring Averages

Clemson – Points Per Game

  • P.J. Hall, 19.9
  • Joseph Girard, 14.7
  • Chase Hunter, 12.0

 Clemson – Rebounds

  • Ian Schieffelin, 9.6

Hunter led Clemson with 17 points in the first game between the teams. Schieffelin added 16, and Hall had 10. This might be a tight game if Hall gets back to his season average.

UNC – Points Per Game

  • RJ Davis, 21.3
  • Armando Bacot, 13.9
  • Harrison Ingram, 12.5
  • Cormac Ryan, 10.8

 UNC – Rebounds

  • Bacot, 9.9

UNC – Assists

  • Elliot Cadeau, 3.7

North Carolina vs Clemson Prop Betting Considerations

Gamblers can turn this into a game within the game via many prop opportunities.

One of them involves the race to specific point totals.

Race to 10 Points

Clemson +120, UNC -155

Race to 20 Points

Clemson +130, UNC -165

Race to 25 Points

Clemson +145, UNC -180.

Similar options exist in the second half, but that’s a tough consideration to weigh in advance. A lopsided halftime score could impact how fast each team comes out in the second half.

That is a better in-game decision, but the prop is up now for those who want to take a whack at it.

One can potentially predict the final score. Get that right; in most cases, it’s +8000, or 80-1.

North Carolina vs Clemson Predictions

Laying the lumber for North Carolina at a high spread is difficult. Instead, we like our odds when combined with a Same Game Parlay. At bet365 when this piece was published, you can select the Tar Heels to win, RJ Davis to score 20+ points, and Clemson TT U73.5 points, all at +190 odds.

How to Watch North Carolina vs Clemson

  • When: Tuesday, Feb. 6, 7  p.m. ET
  • Where: Dean E. Smith Center,  Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • TV: ESPN / Live Stream: ESPN App
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Dave Bontempo is an award-winning writer and broadcaster, who has covered the sports industry since the 1970s. He won the Sam Taub Award for Excellence in Boxing Broadcasting by the Boxing Writers Association of America in 1997, and is in the New Jersey and Atlantic City Boxing Halls of Fame. Bontempo has broadcast major fights all over the world. The advent of legalized sports wagering shifted his focus to this exciting new industry in 2018.

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