Betting on today's Buccaneers and Pirates game? Catch the action at Minges Coliseum in Greenville, NC, as the Pirates hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The over/under for this non-conference contest is set at 138.5 points, with the Pirates being the favored team playing at home against the Buccaneers.

EAST TENNESSEE STATE BUCCANEERS VS EAST CAROLINA PIRATES BETTING PICK

The Pick: East Carolina Pirates -8.5

This game will be played at Minges Coliseum at 7:00 ET on Friday, December 29th.

WHY BET THE EAST CAROLINA PIRATES:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 79-65 in favor of the Pirates.
  • Not only will East Carolina pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -8.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 138.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Will the Buccaneers Come Through as Road Underdogs?

As East Tennessee State prepares for their 13th game of the season, they currently hold a 7-5 record. In their last ten road games, including those from last year, East Tennessee State has a 1-9 record. East Tennessee State has a current ATS record of 4-4 heading into today's game. Over their last five games, the team is 3-1 vs. the spread.

East Tennessee State comes in with an over/under record of 4-4-0 through 12 games, with their games averaging a combined 139.2 points per game so far. The Buccaneers' have recorded an over/under record of 1-1 in their last three games, with their games averaging 140 points per game.

In their recent matchup, the East Tennessee State offense ended with 65 points against Utah State. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 33.3% and made 4 threes. Ebby Asamoah is leading the team in scoring at 16 points per contest. Quimari Peterson has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 13.5 going into the game.

So far, the Buccaneers' defense is ranked 90th in the country at 67.1 points per contest. On average, opposing teams are hitting 5.6 threes per game vs. East Carolina. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 28.8%.

Can the Pirates Deliver Being Favored at Home?

East Carolina will be playing their 13th game of the season against East Tennessee State. So far, they have a 7-5 overall record. The Pirates have gone 0-2 on the road and 4-2 at home. Heading into their game against East Tennessee State, East Carolina holds a 4-4 ATS record. Over their last five games, the team is 3-2 vs. the spread.

Looking at their over/under performance through 12 games, East Carolina has an over/under record of 5-3-0, with their games averaging 149 points per game on average. The Pirates' have recorded an over/under record of 0-3 in their last three games, with their games averaging 130 points per game.

East Carolina offense recently wrapped up a game with a total of 65 points against Florida. In that game, they made 7/22 three-point attempts and achieved a field goal percentage of 39.7%. Offensively, the Pirates have a season long field goal percentage of 44%, which is 149th in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 237th in percentage and 189th in three-pointers made.

At this time, the Pirates' defense is positioned 109th in the country, permitting 68.5 points per game. Against Florida in their most recent game, the East Carolina defense gave up a total of 70 points while allowing Florida to hit 41% of their shots.