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Duke vs. Syracuse - 1/14/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Syracuse at Duke
Date & Time Monday January 14, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Cameron Indoor Stadium
Durham, North Carolina
The Line
The Line: Duke -17 -- Over/Under: 146
TV Channel
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Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Syracuse Orange and Duke Blue Devils meet Monday in college basketball action at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The Syracuse Orange look for a statement victory after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Syracuse Orange are averaging 70.2 points on 42.1 percent shooting and allowing 61.7 points on 39.1 percent shooting. Tyus Battle is averaging 17.1 points and three rebounds while Elijah Hughes is averaging 15 points and 1.4 assists. Oshae Brissett is the third double-digit scorer and Frank Howard is dishing 3.7 assists. The Syracuse Orange are shooting 29.6 percent from beyond the arc and 69.8 percent from the free throw line. The Syracuse Orange are allowing 30.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.5 rebounds per game. The Syracuse Orange have won their only two road games this season.

The Duke Blue Devils look to stay hot while building on their nine-game winning streak. The Duke Blue Devils are averaging 90.2 points on 49.6 percent shooting and allowing 65.1 points on 37.3 percent shooting. RJ Barrett is averaging 23.4 points and 6.3 rebounds while Zion Williamson is averaging 20.3 points and 2.3 assists. Cam Reddish is the third double-digit scorer and Tre Jones is dishing 5.9 assists. The Duke Blue Devils are shooting 33.1 percent from beyond the arc and 67.2 percent from the free throw line. The Duke Blue Devils are allowing 28.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.3 rebounds per game. The Duke Blue Devils haven’t lost a home game since January 27 of last year.

The Orange are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Atlantic Coast, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Blue Devils are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games, 9-4 ATS in their last 13 vs. Atlantic Coast and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Duke. The under is 18-7-2 in Blue Devils last 27 overall. The under is 9-3 in Orange last 12 overall.

There's a long history of Duke and Syracuse games coming down to the wire, and I'm not laying this sort of chalk without knowing if Zion Williamson is going to play or not. Syracuse has had a lot of success this season and has been even better defensively as of late where it's allowing just 57.6 points on 39.2 percent shooting in its last five games. Syracuse has also been an underdog just once this season, proving its a side that the oddsmakers respect. Due to the defense of the Orange and Williamson not 100 percent, I can't leave this many free points on the table. It's Syracuse or pass for me.

Syracuse +17

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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