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NC State vs. Duke - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Duke Blue Devils (13-1) at North Carolina State Wolfpack (10-5)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 8:00 pm (PNC Arena)

The Line: North Carolina State Wolfpack +12.5 -- Over/Under: 171 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

We have some ACC-tion on the college basketball schedule on Saturday night, as the #2 Duke Blue Devils take on the NC State Wolfpack.

The #2 Duke Blue Devils will look to start 2018 the same way they finished last year, ending with a 100-93 win over Florida State in their last outing. Marvin Bagley III led the team by going 13 of 17 from the field for 32 points and a whopping 21 rebounds for a monstrous double-double. Grayson Allen came 2nd with 22 points on 8 of 19 shooting with 3 triples and 6 assists, while Trevon Duval added 16 points. Wendell Carter Jr. added 14 points with 16 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks for a massive double-double of his own, while Gary Trent Jr. chipped in 13 points, 7 boards and 3 steals to round out the scoring in double figures for Duke in the win. Bagley III leads the team by averaging a double-double per game this season, racking up 21.9 points and 11.6 rebounds per game while Duval leads the team in assists with 6.6 helpers per game this season. As a team, Duke is scoring the 2nd-most points per game in the country with 94.6 points per game while also boasting the 9th-best field goal percentage, shooting 51.3% from the floor, in addition to 36.4% from behind the 3-point line and 69.3% from the foul line this season.

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NC State vs. Duke - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The NC State Wolfpack will be looking to make their first conference win of the year a big one after falling to 0-2 in ACC play with back-to-back losses, including an 88-58 blowout at the hands of Notre Dame last time out. Allerik Freeman led the team with 13 points on 5 of 16 shooting with 3 threes and 4 assists. Lennard Freeman came 2nd with 10 points and a pair of steals to round out the double-digit scoring for the Pack in the loss. Torin Dorn added 9 points and a team-high 5 rebounds with a pair of steals, while Braxton Beverly added 8 points and a team-leading 5 assists. Freeman leads NC State with an average of 15.3 points per game, while Dorn leads the team in rebounding with 7.6 boards per game and Markell Johnson leads the way in assists with 6.6 helpers per game this season. As a team, NC State is scoring 82.5 points per game on 46.6% shooting from the field, 33.1% from behind the arc and 69.4% from the foul line this season.

Duke is 13-5-1 ATS in their last 19 games overall and 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 road games while the over is 21-5-1 in their last 27 games following a win. NC State is 5-17 ATS in their last 22 games against a team with a winning record and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall while the over is 42-20 in their last 62 home games. The over is 9-0 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams at NC State.

This line started around 4 points and I thought I had lost my mind, then it jumped up to what it is now and I realized I’m not crazy. Sure, Duke has the potential to throw a clunker in here or there on the road, just look what happened against Boston College. However, NC State looked lost against Notre Dame, and in my opinion, Duke is ahead of the Irish, so I’ll lay the points with Duke in what could get ugly.

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