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Duke vs. Clemson - 01/05/2019 NCAA BB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports

The Clemson Tigers and the Duke Blue Devils meet in ACC conference college basketball action from Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday night.

The Clemson Tigers will look to extend their current winning streak which sits at 4 games after an 84-67 beatdown of Lipscomb in their last outing. Marcquise Reed led the Tigers with 26 points on 9 of 17 shooting with a pair of threes, 6 rebounds and team-highs of 5 assists and 5 steals. David Skara came 2nd with 17 points while Elijah Thomas added 12 points with a team-high 8 rebounds and 4 blocks. Clyde Trapp added 11 points and Shelton Mitchell chipped in 10 points to finish off the scoring in double figures for the Tigers in the win. Aamir Simms added a team-high 8 rebounds of his own as well in the victory. Reed leads the Tigers in scoring with 20.1 points per game while Thomas leads Clemson in rebounding with 7.6 rebounds per game and Mitchell leads Clemson in assists with 3.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Clemson is averaging 75.3 points per game on 48.9% shooting from the field, 31.6% from behind the arc and 73.4% from the foul line this season.

The Duke Blue Devils will look to add to their current 6-game winning streak to stay atop the college basketball mountain after a 69-58 win over Texas Tech in their last outing. Zion Williamson led the Blue Devils with 17 points on 4 of 9 shooting with a 9 of 10 mark from the foul line and 13 rebounds for the double-double. RJ Barrett added 16 points and Tre Jones added 13 points with a team-high 5 assists and 6 steals to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Duke in the win. Barrett leads Duke in scoring with 23.8 points per game while Williamson leads the Blue Devils on the glass with 9.4 rebounds per game and Jones leads the Blue Devils in assists with 5.6 assists per game. As a team, Duke is averaging the 4th-most points per game in the country with 91.6 points per game on 49.3% shooting from the field, 32.4% from behind the arc and 67.9% from the foul line this season.

Clemson is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. Duke is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall while the under is 7-2 in their last 9 conference games. The under is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings between these two teams and 6-2 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams at Duke.

Duke is clearly the better team here and is very deserving of their #1 rank in the country with a pair of solid wins over Indiana and Texas Tech during this winning streak. However, while Clemson’s lone noteworthy win during their winning streak is a win over a below average South Carolina squad, this feels like way too many points to be giving up to an experienced Clemson squad that’s hung around with Duke in past seasons. The last 4 meetings, 5 of the last 6 and 6 of the last 9 meetings between Clemson and Duke have been decided by double figures. It’s not often I’ll go against Duke, but I’ll take a shot with Clemson and the points given the history between these two teams.

Pick:
Clemson +17.5

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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