NC State vs. Florida State prediction ATS, player props, odds for Tuesday, Feb. 27, ACC matchup

Two mid-pack ACC teams tangle on Tuesday when NC State travels to Florida State for a 9 p.m. ET tip on ESPN2.

The Wolfpack (17-10 SU, 12-14-1 ATS) are tied for fifth place in the ACC standings with a conference record of 9-7. The Seminoles (14-13 SU, 13-13-1 ATS) are a game back of NC State in league play at 8-8.  

Here are NC State vs. Florida State odds, props, and predictions. 

NC State vs. Florida State betting line: Point spread, moneyline, total

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NC State is ranked No. 73 in KenPom’s updated rankings and FSU’s at No. 79.  

NC State betting news: Wolfpack aim to snap five-game losing streak in Tallahassee

NC State is coming off an 81-70 win over Boston College. DJ Burns Jr. (pictured above) was the Wolfpack’s leading scorer with 19 points. NC State scored 16 second-chance points and 18 points off turnovers. The Wolfpack led from start to finish, never trailing in the game.

Guard DJ Horne leads NC State with 17.6 points per game. Horne also lights it up from long range, connecting on 43.2% of his 3-point attempts (82 of 190). Overall, the Wolfpack rank 88th in the country at 76 points per game.

NC State, which leads the ACC with 14.4 fast-break points per game, ranks 28th nationally in that metric. There’s a strong correlation for success, as NC State is 15-4 this season when it has the advantage in fast-break points over its opponent.

NC State has yet to beat a ranked team this season, but it will get two more chances to do so. Here’s a look at the remaining schedule after Florida State:

  • NC State at No. 9 North Carolina
  • No. 10 Duke at NC State
  • NC State at Pittsburgh

Forward Mohamed Diarra has given NC State a boost during the past four games by averaging nearly a double-double (9.8 points and 9.8 rebounds) per contest. Diarra is shooting 59.1% from the field and 58.3% from 3-point range during that span.  

NC State leads the all-time series against Florida State, 32-30, but the Seminoles have gotten the better of things lately. FSU has won eight of the last 10 meetings and five straight in Tallahassee. Kevin Keatts is 2-5 versus FSU as the Wolfpack’s head coach.

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Florida State betting news: Seminoles struggling against top competition  

The Seminoles, a short favorite here, are 4-4-1 ATS as home chalk this season. Florida State has one win against a ranked opponent. That came early in the season against then No. 18 Colorado, 77-71.

FSU is just 2-7 against Quad 1 opponents this season after beating Colorado and Wake Forest, which just upset No. 10 Duke over the weekend. The Seminoles do have a rather ugly blemish on their record, too, after losing to Lipscomb earlier this season. 

FSU dropped a 74-63 decision at Clemson its last time out. Jamir Watkins, who led Florida State with 18 points, has scored in double figures in 13 consecutive games. That’s a career-best for Watkins, who also led the Seminoles with eight rebounds in the loss at Clemson.

Watkins paces the offense with 14.9 ppg, but Darin Green Jr. (11.4 ppg) and Primo Spears (10.4 ppg) are the only other players scoring in double figures. 

That said, sophomore guard Chandler Jackson has come on of late. He registered a career-high in points in two of his last five games. Jackson scored 17 points against Virginia in an 80-76 loss, and then followed that up with 19 points in FSU’s 84-76 win over Boston College.

Leonard Hamilton is in his 22nd season as head coach at Florida State, which is 8-2 against the Wolfpack dating back to the 2015-16 season. The last meeting between these two teams is one Hamilton would like to forget, however, as NC State crushed FSU 94-66 last February. That marked Hamilton’s biggest margin of defeat to the Wolfpack during his lengthy tenure as head coach.

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NC State vs. Florida State player props 

Here are NC State vs. Florida State player props for both teams’ leading scorers:

DJ Horne

Jamir Watkins

Horne was NC State’s leading scorer in seven consecutive games before the win over Boston College. Consider betting OVER his point total here.  

NC State vs. Florida State prediction ATS

Florida State has lost four of its last five games, and the Seminoles have been inconsistent all season. Take the Wolfpack and the points tonight.

Pick: NC State 

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