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Auburn vs. Duke - 11/20/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Duke Blue Devils (4-0) at Auburn Tigers (4-0)
Date & Time Tuesday November 20, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Duke Blue Devils -10.5 -- Over/Under: 162
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NCAA BB | Duke Blue Devils (4-0) at Auburn Tigers (4-0)
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The Auburn Tigers and the Duke Blue Devils meet in semifinals action as part of the 2018 Maui Invitational on Tuesday.

The Auburn Tigers punched their ticket to the semifinals thanks to an 88-79 overtime win over Xavier in their last outing. Bryce Brown led the Tigers with 26 points on 8 of 18 shooting with 5 threes and 5 assists while Jared Harper came right behind with 25 points, 6 rebounds and a team-high 8 assists to go along with 3 steals. Chuma Okeke added 13 points and a team-high 7 rebounds while Austin Wiley added 11 points to round out the quartet of double-digit scorers for Auburn in the win. Harper leads Auburn with an average of 17.5 points and 7.5 assists per game while Okeke is the Tigers’ top rebounder with 8.2 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Auburn is averaging 95 points per game on 46.2% shooting from the field, 35.8% from behind the arc and 67.7% from the foul line this season.

The Duke Blue Devils reached the semis by virtue of a 90-64 win over San Diego State in their last outing. R.J. Barrett led Duke with 20 points on 5 of 13 shooting with 3 triples and a team-high 5 assists while Cam Reddish added 16 points and Tre Jones chipped in 14 points on 6 of 7 shooting with a pair of threes. Zion Williamson added 13 points and team-highs of 6 rebounds and 3 steals while Jack White chipped in 12 points to round out the double-digit scoring for Duke in the winning effort. Barrett leads the Blue Devils in scoring with 25.3 points per game while Jones leads Duke in assists with 7.3 assists per game and Williamson leads the Blue Devils on the glass by averaging a double-double per game with 25.3 points to go along with his team-leading 10.7 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Duke is averaging 98.7 points per game on 50% shooting from the field, 37.2% from 3-point range and 62.1% from the foul line this season.

Auburn is 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games while the over is 8-3 in their last 11 Tuesday games. Duke is 13-5 ATS in their last 18 non-conference games and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games overall while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games against the SEC.

This seems like a lot of points to lay in a matchup between aa pair of top-10 teams, but Duke has shown that they're fully capable of handing a beatdon to any opponent in front of them, just ask Kentucky on opening night. Auburn is going to have a lot of success this season and should be one of the favorites to finish at the top of the SEC mountain. However, I'm not trying to step in front of Duke right now the way they've been playing to start the year, so I'll lay the points with Duke in another double-digit victory.

Duke -10.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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