Louisville Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Panthers Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 1-9-2018




Louisville Cardinals (10-4) vs Pittsburgh Panthers (10-4)

Date : 01/09/2019
Time : 8:00 pm EST
Location : Petersons Event Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Louisville Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Panthers

The Louisville Cardinals will visit the Peterson Event Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to battle the Pitt Panthers on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Panthers halted a three-game winning streak in their last outing versus the North Carolina Tar Heels at home as they were dominated in every way as they could manage only in the low 20s, scoring -wise, for each half while shooting just 30% from the floor throughout the contest.

On the other hand, the Louisville Cardinals were able to right themselves after a potentially deflating loss to the Kentucky Wildcats  while picking up a win over the Miami Hurricanes at home as Louisville shot 48% from the floor on the night while getting 20 points from Jordan Nwora along with 19 points from Malik Williams in the victory.

 

Louisville Cardinals's Latest Performance :

As stated, Louisville held Miami to only 42% shooting on the night; Yet, the Hurricanes ability to shoot the 3 point shot certainly kept the game close for a bit as they were able to connect on 10 for the night. Nonetheless, Louisville was able to connect on 13 three-pointers while also outrebounding the visitors throughout the contest by a 38-34 margin. Finally, the Hurricanes also turned the ball over 12 times, which certainly did not bode well in them picking up the much-needed victory.

Nonetheless, the Cardinals were led by Nwora And Williams with 20 and 19 points, respectively, while Dwayne Sutton along with Ryan McMahon chipped in 13 and 12 points for the home team in the all-important victory as well while Zach Williams had 19 points for Miami in the loss. Louisville would certainly like to take this momentum into this matchup versus a struggling Panthers squad that, despite their loss to UNC, remains to be winners of four of their last seven home games, overall.

 

Pittsburgh Panthers's Latest Performance :

As a testament as to how dominant the Pittsburgh defense had been before their matchup with the North Carolina Tar Heels, they had not allowed an opponent to  score over 55 points in their three outings prior. Nonetheless, versus the North Carolina Tar Heels, the Panthers were dominated in every way as the visitors shot just 43% on the night yet were able to connect on 11 3-pointers as Coby White along with Cameron Johnson combined to go 7-16 from long-range while leading the team with 22  and 15 points, respectively, in the win. Furthermore, Luke Maye also chipped in 17 points while pulling down 11 rebounds in yet another solid performance to where he went 6-12 from the floor.

On the other hand, the Panthers were horrible on the offensive end in shooting 30% for the night, as stated, while only connecting on 2 of 19 3-point attempts as Trey Mcgowens  along with Xavier Johnson were the only two double-digit scorers on the night with 17 and 16 points, respectively, as the former was able to go 10-16 from the free-throw line as the Panthers visited free-throw territory 32 times compared to only 17 for North Carolina. Nonetheless, the Tar Heels not only outrebounded their counterparts in this matchup, but, were able to capitalize on 15 turnovers for the home team as well en route to the victory.

After such a potentially deflating loss, Pittsburgh will now suit up, once again, versus a Louisville Cardinals team that gained a bit of momentum after their loss to Kentucky in picking up a dominating ACC victory over the Miami Hurricanes in their last outing.

 

How Louisville Cardinals & Pittsburgh Panthers Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

 

Louisville is 7 – 5 – 2 against the spread while the OU is 7 – 7

Pittsburgh is 10 – 3 – 1 against the spread while the OU is 5 – 9

 

 

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

Look for both teams to come out pumped in which to pick up a victory in this matchup on Wednesday night. Louisville on one hand, will certainly bring the focus and intensity as they will look to continue the momentum from a dominating performance versus the Hurricanes in the last outing, as pointed out. On the other hand, Pittsburgh will certainly like to take the court as soon as possible in which to atone for their lackluster loss versus the Tar Heels at home.

Against The Spread Selection: Pick:   Louisville Cardinals

My reason for the pick :

 

 

I will back the Cardinals in this matchup as Pittsburgh has simply played horrible, particularly on the offensive end of the floor, and I expect these trends to continue versus the Louisville Cardinals defense that allow opponents to score less than 70 points per game on 42% shooting. Also, expect the offense for Louisville to have a carryover effect in which to take advantage of a defense for  Pittsburgh that is indeed solid, however, struggles versus above-average competition.

 

 

Totals Selection: Pick: Under

My reason for the prediction :

As one can certainly see, with two solid defenses taking the floor for both teams on this night,  one can look for the under to be the strong play in this contest on Wednesday night as it has been the result in the majority of games amongst both these teams. With that being the case, expect these trends to continue on this night as both offenses will tend to struggle, however, the Cardinals will certainly work their way out of a slump early on in which to  go up comfortably while also picking up the much-needed victory.

Betting trends for Louisville Cardinals:

  • The Cardinals are 1-3-1  against the spread in last 5 games

  • The under is 7-3 in Cardinals last 10 games

Betting trends for Pittsburgh Panthers:

  • The Panthers are 3-1-1  against the spread in last 5 games

  • The under is 8 – 2 in Panthers last 10 games

Falepa

A sports analyst and enthusiast, Filipa enjoys writing articles for NHL, NBA, NCAAB, and, of course, for NCAAF. In addition, he enjoys the true art of breaking down games in such as way as to locate certain trends that can impact future contests. With a willingness to research, construct, and relay information that any reader can understand, Filipa aims to provide the reader with interesting & indepth knowledge for upcoming sporting events.