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Duke vs. Texas Tech - 12/20/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Texas Tech Red Raiders (10-0) at Duke Blue Devils (10-1)
Date & Time Thursday December 20, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
The Line
The Line: Duke Blue Devils -7.5 -- Over/Under: 144.5
TV Channel
ESPN2
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Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Tech Red Raiders and Duke Blue Devils meet Thursday in college basketball action at Madison Square Garden.

The Texas Tech Red Raiders look for a statement victory to build on their impressive 10-0 record. The Texas Tech Red Raiders are averaging 77.5 points on 49.9 percent shooting and allowing 51.2 points on 32.2 percent shooting. Jarrett Culver is averaging 19.1 points and 4.5 assists while Matt Mooney is averaging 11 points and four rebounds. Davide Moretti is dishing 2.9 assists and Tariq Owens is grabbing 5.3 rebounds. The Texas Tech Red Raiders are shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 68.5 percent from the free throw line. The Texas Tech Red Raiders are allowing 25 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35 rebounds per game. The Texas Tech Red Raiders have won seven of their last nine non-home games.

The Duke Blue Devils look for another victory to build on their five-game winning streak. The Duke Blue Devils are averaging 93.6 points on 50.2 percent shooting and allowing 64.3 points on 36.7 percent shooting. RJ Barrett is averaging 24.5 points and 7.1 rebounds while Zion Williamson is averaging 20.1 points and 2.5 assists. Cam Reddish is the third double-digit scorer and Tre Jones is dishing 5.6 assists. The Duke Blue Devils are shooting 33.7 percent from beyond the arc and 66.8 percent from the free throw line. The Duke Blue Devils are allowing 28.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.6 rebounds per game. The Duke Blue Devils have won seven of their last 10 non-home games.

The Red Raiders are 10-22 ATS in their last 32 neutral site games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Atlantic Coast and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games. The Blue Devils are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 4-0-1 in Blue Devils last 5 overall. The under is 7-3 in Red Raiders last 10 overall. The over is 11-4 in Blue Devils last 15 neutral site games. The under is 15-6 in Red Raiders last 21 neutral site games.

We all know how good these Duke Blue Devils are, but the public jacks these odds up to the point it's tough to back them and these big lines. The Texas Tech Red Raiders are a possible final four team due to their balance and experience. Texas Tech is not only top-25 in field goal percentage, but its currently first in defensive points allowed and field goal percentage allowed. The Texas Tech Red Raiders are no joke and shouldn't be this big of an underdog to anybody. Texas Tech is more than capable of winning this game outright, so I'm going to side with the points in what should be a nailbiter either way.

Pick:
Texas Tech Red Raiders +7.5

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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