Clemson Tigers vs Syracuse Orange Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 1-9-2018

Clemson Tigers (10-4) vs Syracuse Orange (10-4)

Date : 01/09/2019
Time : 8:00 pm EST
Location : Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Clemson Tigers vs Syracuse Orange

The Clemson Tigers will travel to the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York, to battle the Syracuse Orange in ACC action on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Syracuse Orange continue to rebound nicely after a two-game losing streak as they have now won three straight games after picking up a huge road win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in their last outing. And while the Orange certainly played an exceptional first half in this contest in putting up 37 points, they also allowed  a struggling Fighting Irish offense to put up 38 points during this time. Nonetheless, the Orange was able to gain control of this matchup in the second half in which to outscore the home team by a 35 – 24 margin while allowing just 34% shooting on the night for the Fighting Irish.

On the other hand, the Clemson Tigers will certainly be looking to rebound in this matchup after a shellacking on the road versus the Duke Blue Devils in their last outing as leading scorer for the Tigers in Marquise Reed struggled  in putting up just 15 points during the contest pulling down eight rebounds while Shelton Mitchell went 4-12 from the floor while ending with 11 points in addition to going 0-3 from long range.


Clemson Tigers's Latest Performance :

Clemson could get nothing done versus the Duke Blue Devils in their last time out as Duke raced to an early lead while separating themselves in the second half in which to pick up a much-needed victory. For the game, the Blue Devils shot 48% from the floor while holding the Tigers to only 43% of the night. On the other hand, the Tigers ended the game going 6-15 from three-point range while allowing 7 three-pointers to Duke in the matchup. Also, aside from getting to the line 21 times compared to only 12 for Clemson, Duke also outrebounded the visitors in this contest while also capitalizing off a whopping 16 turnovers for a Tigers team that simply did not possess the focus necessary in which to keep this game competitive.

Zion Williamson lead Duke in scoring with 25 points along with 10 rebounds while, as stated, Reed along with Mitchell combined to go 8 – 20 from the field on the night while Elijah Thomas had 14 points on seven of nine shooting from the floor for the Tigers. Clemson continues to shoot an average of 48% from the floor on a nightly basis in 2018.  Also, despite their loss to Duke, the Tigers into this matchup winners of four of their last five games, overall.Nonetheless, they will be going up against a Syracuse squad that has won six of their last eight games at the Carrier Dome to where they have allowed opponents under 60 points in five of these outings.


Syracuse Orange's Latest Performance :

Syracuse showed much resilience in their last matchup versus the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. As stated, the Irish have struggled on the offensive end in 2018 yet were able to post 38 points while hanging onto a slim one point deficit at the half. Nonetheless, their offense began to struggle early in the second half which allowed Syracuse to obtain easy opportunities on the offensive end in which to take the lead and seize control of the contest on their way to their third straight victory.

Elijah Hughes along with Oshae Brissett led the team with 22 and 19 points, respectively,  as each recorded double-doubles during the contest while combining to go 9-20 from three-point range.On the other hand, Notre Dame’s leading scorer in Temple Gibbs went 6-13 from three-point range during the contest while leading the team with 18 points in addition to dishing out five assists as well in defeat.  The win for Syracuse marked the first time in their last three games that they did not surpass the 80-point mark. On the other hand, their defense allowed the most points (62) than they have in their last three outings as well. In all, Syracuse will look to continue their stellar play on both sides of the ball as they face up with a Clemson team that may be a bit vulnerable after a huge loss to the top-ranked Blue Devils in their last outing.


How Clemson Tigers & Syracuse Orange Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:


Clemson is 4 – 10 against the spread while the OU is 8 – 6

Syracuse is 7 – 7 against the spread while the OU is 5 – 9



In-Depth Analysis of each team:

Look for this to be a very competitive ACC Showdown versus a Clemson team that will be looking to get back on the right track after a severely lackluster outing versus the Duke Blue Devils. On the other hand, look for Syracuse to feed from the momentum of their last win versus the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in which to pick up yet another victory at home. As stated, Syracuse is winners in  six of their last eight games at the Carrier Dome while this will be only the Tigers 3rd true road game of the season as they are currently 1-1 on the season after their loss to the Blue Devils.

Against The Spread Selection: Pick:   Syracuse Orange

My reason for the pick :

Look for Syracuse to neutralize an already fragile offense for the Clemson Tigers early and often in this contest as they will begin to pull away at some point in which to pick up the much-needed ACC victory on Wednesday night. Of course, look  for the offense for Syracuse to struggle, yet again, as well as the Tigers will certainly look to put in a much better performance than was illustrated versus Duke. Nonetheless, the Orange will utilize their defense in which to gain much  more efficient scoring on the offensive end, as they have done all season, en route to maintaining their undefeated ACC record, thus far.



Totals Selection: Pick: Under

My reason for the prediction :

The under has been the play in four the last six games for the Syracuse Orange. Of course, with the Orange coming in with a healthy amount of momentum for this contest, look for the trends to continue versus a Clemson team that may have a bit of residual effect from their last lackluster outing versus the Duke Blue Devils. In other words, the poor shooting for Clemson will continue  throughout this contest versus a Syracuse defense that really gets after it on a nightly basis.

Betting trends for Clemson Tigers:

  • The Tigers are 3-1 against the spread in last 4 games

  • The over is 5-1 in Tigers last six games

Betting trends for Syracuse Orange:

  • The Orange are 3-1 against the spread in last 4 games

  • The under is 3 – 1 in Orange last four games


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