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Duke vs. Utah - 12/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Utah Utes (8-2) at Duke Blue Devils (9-1)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 12:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: Duke Blue Devils -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Utah Utes and Duke Blue Devils square off Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

The Utah Utes look for a statement win after winning five of their last six games. The Utah Utes are averaging 82.1 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 74.2 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Jakob Poeltl is averaging 19.1 points and 9.5 rebounds while Jordan Loveridge is averaging 14 points and 2.3 assists. Kyle Kuzma is the third double-digit scorer and Brandon Taylor is dishing 3.8 assists. The Utah Utes are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 73.2 percent from the free throw line. Utah is allowing 42.3 percent shooting and is forcing 10.8 turnovers per game. The Utah Utes have won six of their last nine neutral games. 

Duke vs. Utah - 12/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Duke Blue Devils look to build on their solid seven-game winning streak. The Duke Blue Devils are averaging 86 points on 48.4 percent shooting and allowing 69.3 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Grayson Allen is averaging 21.4 points and 3.2 assists while Brandon Ingram is averaging 14.9 points and 5.4 rebounds. Matt Jones is dishing two assists and Amile Jefferson is grabbing 10.3 rebounds. The Duke Blue Devils are shooting 39.7 percent from beyond the arc and 70.4 percent from the free throw line. Duke is allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 13 turnovers per game. The Duke Blue Devils have won 10 of their last neutral games.

The Utes are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Blue Devils are 20-7-1 ATS in their last 28 Saturday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. 

Utah is a great offensive team that has the advantage over Duke in the paint with Poeltl and Kuzma. On a neutral court, I see this game coming down to the wire and the points should come in handy. 

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Utah Utes +8

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