Duke Blue Devils (19-4) vs. Clemson Tigers (12-11)
February 10, 2022 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Clemson Tigers +7.5 / Duke Blue Devils -7.5; Over/Under: -143.5
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The Duke Blue Devils and the Clemson Tigers meet in college basketball action from the Littlejohn Coliseum on Thursday night.
The Duke Blue Devils will be looking to rebound from a 69-68 loss to Virginia in their last game. Paolo Banchero leads Duke in scoring and rebounding with 17.2 PPG and 8.4 RPG while Wendell Moore Jr. has 14 PPG with 5.7 RPG and 4.4 APG to lead the Blue Devils in assists. Trevor Keels has 11.5 PPG with 3.1 APG and Mark Williams has 10.2 PPG and 6.9 RPG to make up the group of double-digit scorers for Duke so far this season. AJ Griffin also has 9.5 PPG and 3.5 RPG as well this season. As a team, Duke is averaging 80.2 PPG on 48.5% shooting from the field, 36.6% from three and 72.5% from the foul line while allowing 65 PPG on 40.3% shooting from the field and 29.7% from three this season.
The Clemson Tigers will try to bounce back from back-to-back losses and losses in 6 of their last 8 games after a 79-77 loss to North Carolina last time out. PJ Hall leads the Tigers in scoring with 15.3 PPG along with 6 RPG while Al-Amir Dawes has 11.2 PPG and David Collins has 11 PPG with a team-high 6.9 RPG to lead Clemson on the glass. Nick Honor has 7.9 PPG with a team-high 2.8 APG to lead Clemson in assists while Hunter Tyson has 10.4 PPG with 5.6 RPG to make up the group of double-digit scorers for Clemson so far this season. As a team, Clemson is averaging 72.8 PPG on 46.2% shooting from the field, 38.2% from three and 72.8% from the foul line while allowing 67.7 PPG on 42.3% shooting from the field and 33.5% from three this season.
Duke is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a loss and 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games following an ATS loss. Clemson is 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 home games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games while the over is 9-2 in their last 11 home games against a team with a winning road record.
I get the case to be made either way here but I’m leaning towards Duke. The Blue Devils have had a tendency to beat up on mid level to lesser ACC teams on the road this season and while Clemson has been able to keep some games close, the reality here is that they’re up against it and haven’t had a ton of success as of late. I’ll side with Duke laying the points in this one.