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Syracuse vs. Duke - 2/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Duke at Syracuse
Date & Time Saturday February 23, 2019, 6:00 PM (EST)
Location
Carrier Dome
Syracuse, New York
The Line
The Line: Syracuse +4.5 -- Over/Under: 145
TV Channel
ESPN
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The Duke Blue Devils and Syracuse Orange meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Carrier Dome.

The Duke Blue Devils look for another win after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The Duke Blue Devils are averaging 85.9 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 67 points on 39.7 percent shooting. RJ Barrett is averaging 23.1 points and 7.6 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 5.4 assists. The Duke Blue Devils are shooting 30.6 percent from beyond the arc and 68.5 percent from the free throw line. The Duke Blue Devils are allowing 29 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.2 rebounds per game. The Duke Blue Devils have won all six road games this season.

The Syracuse Orange look for a statement win after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Syracuse Orange are averaging 70 points on 42.4 percent shooting and allowing 63.7 points on 39.2 percent shooting. Tyus Battle is averaging 17.2 points and 3.2 rebounds while Elijah Hughes is averaging 13.8 points and 1.5 assists. Oshae Brissett is the third double-digit scorer and Frank Howard is grabbing 1.7 rebounds. The Syracuse Orange are shooting 32.4 percent from beyond the arc and 68.7 percent from the free throw line. The Syracuse Orange are allowing 31 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.5 rebounds per game. The Syracuse Orange have won five of their last seven home games.

The Blue Devils are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up loss. The Orange are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 10-4 ATS in their last 14 vs. Atlantic Coast and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Blue Devils are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Orange last 5 overall. The under is 7-2 in Blue Devils last 9 overall.

The Syracuse Orange already beat Duke this season, holding the Blue Devils to just 38.8 percent shooting and 9-43 from deep. You have to be able to make shots to beat this Syracuse zone, and it's something Duke hasn't been able to do consistently this season. Duke is also expected to be without Zion Williamson for this contest, which makes Duke much more beatable and removes a major factor in the post. Hughes and Brissett could have a field day in the paint this time around. We also can't ignore that Syracuse has covered 11 of its last 15 games, so this is a team you probably should have considered backing even without the Zion news. Either way, give me the Orange and the free buckets.

Pick:
Syracuse +4.5

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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