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Duke vs. Boston College - 2/5/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Boston College at Duke
Date & Time Tuesday February 5, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Cameron Indoor Stadium
Durham, NC
The Line
Duke Blue Devils -23.5 -- Over/Under: 157.5
TV Channel
ESPN
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NCAA BB | Boston College at Duke
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The Boston College Eagles and the Duke Blue Devils meet in ACC college basketball action from Cameron Indoor Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Boston College Eagles will look to bounce back after splitting their last 4 games following a 79-73 loss to Notre Dame in their last outing. Ky Bowman led the Eagles with 25 points on 10 of 23 shooting with 4 threes, 10 rebounds and 3 assists for the double-double. Jared Hamilton added 17 points while Nik Popovic and Jordan Chatman each had 14 points to round out the quartet of double-digit scorers for BC in the losing effort. Popovic had 6 rebounds while Chatman added a pair of threes and 4 assists. Steffon Mitchell was held scoreless but added 8 rebounds and a team-high 5 assists. Bowman leads Boston College with an average of 20.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Boston College is averaging 74.1 points per game on 44.5% shooting from the field, 32.4% from behind the arc and 70% from the foul line this season.

The Duke Blue Devils will look to build on their current 5-game winning streak after improving to 19-2 with a 91-61 win over St. John’s in their last outing. Zion Williamson led the Blue Devils with 29 points on 13 of 17 shooting with 6 rebounds, 5 steals and a pair of blocks while Cam Reddish added 16 points with 4 threes and RJ Barrett chipped in 15 points with 14 rebounds for the double-double Tre Jones added 13 points with 7 rebounds, a team-high 7 assists and 3 steals while Marques Bolden contributed 10 points and 6 rebounds to round out the scoring in double figures for Duke in the win. Barrett leads Duke in scoring with 23.1 points per game while Williamson leads the Blue Devils in rebounding with 9 boards per game and Jones leads the Blue Devils in assists with 5.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Duke is averaging the 3rd-most points per game in D-I, scoring 87.4 points per game on 48.8% shooting from the field, 30.9% from 3-point range and 67.6% from the foul line this season. Duke’s defense is also strong, allowing just 65.7 points per game while giving up the 7th-lowest field goal percentage in the country, allowing their opponents to shoot just 38.3% from the floor and 28.6% from 3-point range, the 8th-lowest 3-point percentage in D-I this season.

Boston College is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600 while the over is 36-15-1 in their last 52 conference games. Duke is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a win and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. The over is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams at Duke.

Duke beat the hell out of St. John’s in a game that I gave the Red Storm a lot more credit in than I probably should have. However, while Boston College has struggled to pick up wins, in conference no less, the Eagles are still doing a good job hanging around, covering in each of their last 5 road games. The Eagles have also shown that they can hang around with the big boys after taking down Duke last season. I just think this is a case of too many points to be giving up to a capable offense like Boston College, so I’ll take the boatload of free points with the Eagles here.

Pick:
Boston College +23.5

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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