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Duke vs. North Carolina - 2/20/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
North Carolina at Duke
Date & Time Wednesday February 20, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
Cameron Indoor Stadium
Durham, North Carolina
The Line
The Line: Duke -9 -- Over/Under: 167.5
TV Channel
ESPN
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NCAA BB | North Carolina at Duke
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The North Carolina Tar Heels and Duke Blue Devils meet Wednesday in college basketball action at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The North Carolina Tar Heels look for another win after winning eight of their last nine games. The North Carolina Tar Heels are averaging 87.5 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 73.3 points on 42 percent shooting. Cameron Johnson is averaging 16.3 points and 5.4 rebounds while Coby White is averaging 15.7 points and 4.3 assists. Luke Maye is the third double-digit scorer and Nassir Little is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The North Carolina Tar Heels are shooting 38.6 percent from beyond the arc and 74.2 percent from the free throw line. The North Carolina Tar Heels are allowing 33.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.8 rebounds per game. The North Carolina Tar Heels have won their last six road games.

The Duke Blue Devils look for another win to build on their nine-game winning streak. The Duke Blue Devils are averaging 86.4 points on 48.6 percent shooting and allowing 66.1 points on 39.2 percent shooting. RJ Barrett is averaging 22.7 points and 7.4 rebounds while Zion Williamson is averaging 22.4 points and 2.3 assists. Cam Reddish is the third double-digit scorer and Tre Jones is dishing 5.4 assists. The Duke Blue Devils are shooting 31.3 percent from beyond the arc and 68.3 percent from the free throw line. The Duke Blue Devils are allowing 29.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.2 rebounds per game. The Duke Blue Devils have won their last five home games.

The Tar Heels are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. Atlantic Coast and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Blue Devils are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Wednesday games. The Tar Heels are 15-6 ATS in the last 21 meetings in Duke and the road team is 17-7-1 ATS in the last 25 meetings. The under is 6-2 in Blue Devils last 8 overall. The under is 11-4 in Tar Heels last 15 overall.

Eight of the last 10 meetings between North Carolina and Duke have been decided by eight or less points, and the road team has won five of the last nine meetings. The road team also has a long history of being on the right side of the number in these games. We all know how explosive Duke is and just how deadly this team has been during this nine-game winning streak. However, the North Carolina Tar Heels are not only 9-3 ATS on the road this season, but they're winning those games by an average of 17.3 points while shooting 48.3 percent from the field. The Tar Heels don't fear playing on the road. I also find value in getting free points in rivalry games, as these type of games usually come down to the wire. I'll take my chances with UNC and the free buckets.

Pick:
North Carolina +9

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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