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Duke vs. Georgia Tech - 1/26/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Georgia Tech at Duke
Date & Time Saturday January 26, 2019, 12:00 PM (EST)
Location
Cameron Indoor Stadium
Durham, NC
The Line
Duke Blue Devils -22 -- Over/Under: 147
TV Channel
ESPN3
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Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Duke Blue Devils meet in ACC college basketball action from Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will be looking for some consistency after splitting their last 6 games following a 63-61 win over Notre Dame in their last time out. James Banks III and Jose Alvarado tied for the team lead with 16 points apiece, with Banks III shooting 8 of 13 from the floor with 10 rebounds for the double-double while Alvarado added a pair of threes and 3 steals. Abdoulaye Gueye added 13 points and 8 rebounds while Michael Devoe chipped in 11 points and a team-high 5 assists to round out the scoring in double figures for Georgia Tech in the win. Alvarado leads the Yellow Jackets with an average of 13.8 points and 3.2 assists per game while Banks III leads Georgia Tech in rebounding with 7.8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Georgia Tech is averaging 69.2 points per game on 46.2% shooting from the field, 30.8% from behind the arc and 69.9% from the foul line this season. The Yellow Jackets are also tough on defense, allowing just 63.5 points per game while giving up the 7th-lowest field goal percentage against, allowing opponents to shoot just 38.3% from the field, in addition to allowing a 27.4% percentage from 3-point range this season, 6th-lowest in the country.

The Duke Blue Devils will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 79-64 win over Pitt in their last outing. RJ Barrett led the Blue Devils with 26 points on 10 of 24 shooting with 3 threes and a pair of steals while Zion Williamson came right behind with 25 points on a much more efficient 11 of 13 shooting with 7 rebounds and a team-high 7 assists with a pair of steals. Cam Reddish added 15 points with 3 threes, 4 assists and a pair of steals to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Duke in the win, while Marques Bolden had 7 points with team-highs of 9 rebounds and 4 blocks as well in the victory. Barrett leads the Blue Devils in scoring with 23.9 points per game while Williamson leads Duke on the glass with 9.3 rebounds per game and Tre Jones leads the Blue Devils in assists with 5.7 assists per game this season. As a team, Duke is averaging the 3rd-most points per game in the nation, scoring 88.6 points per game on 48.5% shooting from the field, 31.2% from behind the 3-point line and 67.6% from the foul line this season. Duke is also solid on defense, giving up just 66.9 points per game with the 9th-lowest field goal percentage against in the country, allowing their opposition to shoot just 38.7% from the foul line this season.

Georgia Tech is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 17-7 ATS in their last 24 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 conference games. Duke is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record and 15-7 ATS in their last 22 home games while the under is 11-4-2 in their last 17 games overall. Georgia Tech is 9-23 ATS in the last 32 meetings between these two teams and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams at Duke.

Georgia Tech has pretty much been owned by Duke over the years, as the Blue Devils have won 11 in a row against Georgia Tech and 20 of the last 22 meetings. However, of those 20 wins, only 3 have come by more than 20 points. I fully expect Duke to win this game, but the Yellow Jackets have played solid defense against some pretty good opposition and I think Georgia Tech is capable of sneaking in the backdoor with a cover so I’ll take the Yellow Jackets and the points in this one.

Pick:
Georgia Tech +22

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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