Miami Hurricanes at Louisville Cardinals ATS Prediction 01/07/20

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The Miami Hurricanes (9-4, 1-2 ACC) will be at the KFC Yum! Center to challenge the 13th-ranked Louisville Cardinals (11-3, 2-1 ACC) in an ACC matchup. The game starts at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, and will air on ESPN2.

Miami Hurricanes vs. Louisville Cardinals ATS Odds

Both teams were beaten in their last contest. The Cardinals fell to the 18th-ranked Florida State Seminoles, 78-65, while the Hurricanes lost big to the second-ranked Duke Blue Devils, 95-62.

Miami did a fantastic job of converting from the charity stripe (14-18; 77.8 percent) while Louisville had a better free throw rate (0.145 vs. 0.052). Louisville rallied around Jordan Nwora, who finished with 32 points and 10 rebounds. Meanwhile, Sam Waardenburg had a good game for Miami, contributing 11 points and six rebounds.

In their first matchup this season, Nwora led the Cardinals to an 87-74 victory. He notched a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Louisville’s free throw rate was their biggest advantage over Miami. The Cardinals had a rate of 0.159, while the Hurricanes posted a mark of 0.058.

Louisville could have their way on the offensive side of the ball as their high-octane offense faces off against one of the NCAA’s worst defenses. The Cardinals rank 20th in offensive efficiency, while Miami ranks 307th in defensive efficiency. Ball security should be an advantage for the Hurricanes. They rank 18th at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 16.0 percent). Conversely, the Cardinals force the 32nd-fewest turnovers in the NCAA (opponents’ turnover percentage of 17.1 percent).

Miami Hurricanes vs. Louisville Cardinals Pick

Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Louisville, ATS Winner – Louisville, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • Louisville ranks 47th in rebounds per game (39.8) while Miami ranks 253rd (32.5).
  • The Hurricanes average 20.7 three pointers per game, which ranks 183rd in the nation. The Cardinals rank 193rd in three pointers allowed per game (23.6).
  • Louisville is 48th in the country with 5.6 steals allowed per game while Miami is 53rd with 5.7 steals allowed per game.
  • The Cardinals rank 31st in assists allowed per game (10.3) while the Hurricanes rank 207th (15.4).
  • Louisville ranks 22nd in blocks allowed per game (2.4) while Miami ranks 121st (3.8).

Bettings Trends:

  • The Hurricanes’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 3.6, up from 1.3 for the season.
  • During their last five games, the Cardinals have scored an average of 72.2 points per game (3.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 67.8 points per game (6.6 above their season average).