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#745 Georgia vs.
#746 Arizona State
Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 8:00pm EST
Written by Casey P.

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On Saturday evening, two high-major teams -- Georgia and Arizona State -- will battle it out at Desert Financial Arena in Tempe, Arizona. Tip-off is at 8:00 P.M ET for the game which will be broadcasted nationally on the Pac 12 Network. Both teams have two losses on the season.

Dawgs Need Big Win Badly

The Georgia Bulldogs have had a good season so far, winning six of their first eight games. They have had a lot of time to think about this game against Arizona State, as they have only played one game since their trip to the Maui Invitational.

Against Top 100 teams, the Dawgs have gone 1-2, beating Georgia Tech and losing to Dayton and Michigan State. The defense has been the issue in these games, as they have allowed 83.7 points per game in the three contests. All season, they have allowed opponents to shoot 36.5 percent from beyond the arc (294th in the nation).

Offensively, they have been strong all season, however; the Dawgs currently have the second-highest scoring offense in Division-1 college hoops, putting up 87 points per game. They play fast, ranking 26th in tempo, and shoot the ball well. Overall, they are shooting 57 percent from inside the arc (10th-best in the nation) and have a 54.1 effective field goal percentage. Georgia is also getting an offensive rebound on 35.7 percent of possessions.

Bobby Hurley Has Team Playing Tough D

Coming off back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament, the Arizona State Sun Devils have had a good start to the 2019-20 season. Arizona State is currently 7-2 in nine games, and they're riding a four-game winning streak into Saturday's battle. They have only won one game against Top 100 teams (No. 97 St. John's), but they've also avoided bad losses, losing to two Top 50 teams (No. 40 Colorado and No. 10 Virginia). Their loss against Virginia, one of the best teams in the nation, is still the closest game Virginia has played in games they have won. The Sun Devils lost 48-45 to UVA.

The defense is the calling card of this ASU team as they have held opponents under 70 points seven times in nine games and are allowing teams to shoot just 28.9 percent from beyond the arc. They're pesky, forcing 17.9 turnovers per game, good for 14th in the nation.

Offensively, they're averaging 75.7 points per game, ranking 70th in college hoops. That said, they have a guy in Remy Martin who can light it up. Martin, a junior, is averaging 20 points per game this year. In all nine of their games this year, Martin has scored in double figures.

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This play is a no-brainer; You have to take Georgia with the points. Not only are the Bulldogs elite offensively, ranking second in college hoops in points per game, but they have had way more rest than Arizona State (9 days vs. 2 days). For a team that likes to run as the Dawgs do, that's super important. Plus, the public is all over ASU (76 percent); if you have followed my picks over the last few years, you know you have to fade the public when the number is that high. Do that for an entire year and you'll rarely be in the red.

Prediction: Georgia Bulldogs +4.5

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Yes, Arizona State is a good defensive squad but when they run into teams that can shoot the rock, they allow a lot of points just like everyone else. For example, lowly Prairie View A&M scored 79 points against ASU and almost knocked them off in their last game...because they shot the ball exceptionally well. Georgia can shoot the rock, flat out, and the Sun Devils won't be able to clamp down like they usually do. In Georgia's last nine games, they have played in just one under game -- that's no coincidence.

Prediction: Over 156
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Written By Casey P.

Casey Pazzalia is a former Division-II athlete and New York native. With nearly 10 years of experience, Casey makes his predictions from a contrarian point of view and has done it all in the sports gambling business. A family man, Casey now has contributed to many sports media outlets and is now a solid addition to the StatSalt team. Casey is more than confident in his ability to help you crush your man.