Best North Carolina vs. Georgia Tech Betting Picks for Tuesday, Jan. 30

The Tar Heels are big favorites against an ACC bottom-feeder, but there's one bet that UNC fans should target

North Carolina hopes to finish off an undefeated January with a win over Georgia Tech tonight
North Carolina hopes to finish off an undefeated January with a win over Georgia Tech tonight / Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 3 North Carolina Tar Heels travel to Georgia Tech to square off with the Yellow Jackets on Tuesday night, hoping to finish off an undefeated January and maintain their lead in ACC Conference play.

North Carolina is a stellar 9-1 against the spread in its last 10 games and has three straight wins over Georgia Tech, who has three straight losses while failing to cover the spread by an average of over eight points per contest.

Nonetheless, road conference games are always a battle, though this is a Tar Heels squad that looks like one of the very best in the country. Can they earn another impressive victory tonight?

Let's take a look at the odds and make a prediction for this ACC matchup.

North Carolina vs. Georgia Tech Odds, Spread and Total

North Carolina vs. Georgia Tech Betting Pick and Prediction

On paper, this is a complete mismatch. The Tar Heels are dominating opponents, with nine wins during this 10-game winning streak coming by double-digits. They should manhandle a Yellow Jackets squad that sits near the bottom of the ACC standings, and there are several reasons to feel confident about North Carolina's ability to cover the spread tonight.

Led by confident veterans in R.J. Davis, Harrison Ingram and Armando Bacot, the Tar Heels are one of the best defensive and rebounding teams in the country. They rank 15th in opponent effective field percentage (45.1%) and 22nd in defensive rebounding percentage (75.6%), limiting opportunities for the opposing team to put up points.

That's bad news for a Georgia Tech offense that's 225th nationally in effective field goal percentage (49.3%) and 245th in free throw rate (30.4%). The Yellow Jackets are poor in rebounding as well, so it's hard to see them keeping pace unless they have an outlier shooting night.

A potential concern for the Tar Heels is their reliance on interior scoring, as they're 257th in three-point shooting rate (34.4%). If the Yellow Jackets catch fire from deep, they could keep things close.

That being said, Georgia Tech ranks 240th in three-point shooting percentage (32.2%), so it would require perhaps the best shooting performance of their season to cover this number.

I'm confidently backing North Carolina to cover the spread for the 10th time in their last 11 contests.

Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.