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Duke vs. Syracuse - 3/14/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Syracuse vs. Duke
Date & Time Thursday March 14, 2019, 9:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Spectrum Center
Charlotte, North Carolina
The Line
The Line: Duke -11.5 -- Over/Under: 144.5
TV Channel
ESPN
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NCAA BB | Syracuse vs. Duke
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The Syracuse Orange and Duke Blue Devils meet Thursday in the college basketball ACC Tournament at the Spectrum Center.

The Syracuse Orange look for another win after beating up Pittsburgh on Wednesday. The Syracuse Orange are averaging 69.7 points on 42.3 percent shooting and allowing 65.1 points on 39.3 percent shooting. Tyus Battle is averaging 17.2 points and 2.5 rebounds while Elijah Hughes is averaging 13.4 points and 1.4 assists. Oshae Brissett is the third double-digit scorer and Frank Howard is grabbing two rebounds. The Syracuse Orange are shooting 32.7 percent from beyond the arc and 68.4 percent from the free throw line. The Syracuse Orange are allowing 32.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.2 rebounds per game. The Syracuse Orange have split their last eight non-home games.

The Duke Blue Devils enter this tournament splitting their last six games. The Duke Blue Devils are averaging 84.1 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 67.4 points on 39.5 percent shooting. RJ Barrett is averaging 23.4 points and 7.5 rebounds while Zion Williamson is averaging 21.6 points and 2.2 assists. Cam Reddish is the third double-digit scorer and Tre Jones is dishing 5.3 assists. The Duke Blue Devils are shooting 30.6 percent from beyond the arc and 68.9 percent from the free throw line. The Duke Blue Devils are allowing 29.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.7 rebounds per game. The Duke Blue Devils have won five of their last seven non-home games.

The Orange are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 Thursday games. The Blue Devils are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. Atlantic Coast, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The under is 35-16-2 in Blue Devils last 53 overall. The over is 4-0 in Orange last 4 neutral site games.

Even with Zion back in the mix, the Duke Blue Devils are still one of he worst three-ball shooting teams in the country, and you have to make outside shots to really run away with a game against Syracuse. The Syracuse Orange have not only had success against Duke this season, but this is also one of those programs that you don't want to make a habit of betting against in tournament play. Kind of like UConn, Syracuse seems to put things together this time of year and pull off some impressive runs, looking like a completely different team than the regular season. I'll take a shot with the Orange and the free points.

Pick:
Syracuse +11.5

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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