NCAA Basketball Picks: Duke Blue Devils vs. Pittsburgh Panthers
Duke Blue Devils vs. Pittsburgh Panthers
Monday, 1/27/14, 7:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: Pittsburgh -4
Current Betting Line: Pittsburgh -3.5
Opening Total: N/A
Current Total: N/A
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Duke has won four games in a row, including a 78-56 victory over the Florida State Seminoles as nine-point home favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total in two consecutive contests. The Blue Devils are 4-4 away from home this season, including a 1-2 mark in true road games, which is important to consider when making your NCAA basketball picks. Offensively, the team has three players averaging in double figures, with freshman forward Jabari Parker leading the way at 18.7 points a contest. Duke is 3-5 SUATS as underdogs the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 6-2 in that situation.
The Blue Devils have held the opposition to five or fewer three-point field goals in 18 of 20 games this season, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NCAA basketball odds page. Duke has out-rebounded its opponent by a double-digit margin in back-to-back games, with Parker finishing with a double-double in both of those affairs. Point guard Rodney Hood is someone to keep an eye on in this matchup, as he leads the ACC in three-point field goal percentage.
Pittsburgh has won and covered the number in its last two games, including a 83-79 victory over the Maryland Terrapins as three-point road favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total for the fifth time in six contests. The Panthers have won their 18 games by an average of 16.2 points, with 16 of those coming by nine or more. Senior forward Lamar Patterson is gaining national recognition for his play this year, as he’s scoring 19.6 points during conference play. Pittsburgh is 1-3 SUATS as home favorites of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons.
The Panthers have won all 17 of their meetings with previous ACC schools under head coach Jamie Dixon, while they’ve compiled a dominating 192-22 SU record at the Petersen Events Center. Pittsburgh has won its last 14 home games, as it prepares to host Monday’s opponent for the first time since Jan. 12, 1974.
Sports bettors will likely back the Panthers due to their 16-6-1 ATS mark in their last 23 Monday games.
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