UCLA Bruins vs. Duke Blue Devils Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/19/13
Duke Blue Devils (8-2) at UCLA Bruins (9-1)
College Basketball: Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: UCLA Bruins +3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The UCLA Bruins and the Duke Blue Devils face off on Thursday in Madison Square Garden in college basketball action.
The Duke Blue Devils are 6-2 for the season and they are ranked eighth in the nation. Both of Duke’s losses are to ranked teams as they are 0-2 against teams ranked in the top 25 and 1-2 in neutral site games. Jabari Parker leads Duke averaging 22 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Rodney Hood is averaging 18.9 points and 5.0 rebounds, Quinn Cook is averaging 14.7 points and 6.6 assists, and Rasheed Sulaimon is averaging 6.6 points. Duke is averaging 86 points and they are shooting 51.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 72.5 points and their opponents are shooting 45.7 percent from the floor. Duke has played the 117th ranked schedule in the nation and the begin ACC play on January 4th.
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The UCLA Bruins are 9-1 this season with their one loss coming to Missouri just two games back. The Bruins look to be a factor this season but the Pac-12 looks to be extremely tough this season. Jordan Adams leads the Bruins averaging 21.2 points per game. Kyle Anderson is averaging 13.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 6.7 assists per game, Zach LaVine is averaging 13.8 points, and Norman Powell is averaging 12.2 points. UCLA is averaging 89.1 points and they are shooting 54.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 70.2 points and their opponents shoot 40 percent. UCLA is 2-0 in neutral site games but 0-1 against teams ranked in the top 25.
UCLA is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games, 4-1 against the spread following a win, and 9-21 against the spread in their last 30 neutral site games. Duke is 4-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, 1-4 against the spread following a win, and 2-5 against the spread against a team with a winning record.
This game looks like a coin flip so taking the points here with UCLA is the play especially since it is more than three.
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