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Notre Dame vs. Duke - 1/28/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Duke at Notre Dame
Date & Time Monday January 28, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Purcell Pavilion
Notre Dame, Indiana
The Line
The Line: Notre Dame +14 -- Over/Under: 149
TV Channel
ESPN
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The Duke Blue Devils and Notre Dame Fighting Irish meet Monday in college basketball action at the Purcell Pavilion.

The Duke Blue Devils look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 11 games. The Duke Blue Devils are averaging 87.4 points on 48.2 percent shooting and allowing 66.2 points on 38.8 percent shooting. RJ Barrett is averaging 23.9 points and 6.9 rebounds while Zion Williamson is averaging 21.7 points and 2.3 assists. Cam Reddish is the third double-digit scorer and Tre Jones is dishing 5.6 assists. The Duke Blue Devils are shooting 30.2 percent from beyond the arc and 68.3 percent from the free throw line. The Duke Blue Devils are allowing 28.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.6 rebounds per game. The Duke Blue Devils have won all three road games this season.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish could use a win here after losing six of their last seven games. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are averaging 73 points on 40.7 percent shooting and allowing 69.4 points on 42.2 percent shooting. John Mooney is averaging 14.5 points and 10.8 rebounds while TJ Gibbs is averaging 13.4 points and 3.9 assists. D.J. Harvey is the third double-digit scorer and Rex Pflueger is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are shooting 32.8 percent from beyond the arc and 73.6 percent from the free throw line. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.1 rebounds per game. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have split their last six home games.

The Blue Devils are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Atlantic Coast, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Monday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Fighting Irish are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games, 1-7 ATS in their last 8 vs. Atlantic Coast and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Blue Devils are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Fighting Irish last 5 overall. The under is 12-4-2 in Blue Devils last 18 overall.

The Duke Blue Devils have covered five of their eight non-home games and are shooting 49 percent from the field in those games while winning by an average of 13 points. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are just 4-10 ATS at home this season and are shooting just 36.9 percent from the field in their last five games. It's been a mess for the Irish lately, and Duke obviously has the ability to add to those troubles. The concern is that Duke has been a little shaky with Tre Jones out of the lineup and has allowed some teams lately to hang around. This is the last big home game for Notre Dame and pretty much its championship with the season going nowhere. At home in front of a packed house, I'll take a stab with the points. This line is a little too steep for me to get behind Duke. 

Pick:
Notre Dame +14

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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