College Basketball Predictions: Duke Blue Devils vs. Temple Owls

Duke Blue Devils vs. Temple Owls
Friday, 11/21/14, 9:30 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Duke -18
Current Betting Line:  Duke -18
Opening Total:  148.5
Current Total:  148.5
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The Temple Owls are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games versus ACC opponents
The Temple Owls are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games versus ACC opponents

Duke has opened up the season with a perfect 3-0 SUATS record, which includes a solid 81-71 victory over the Michigan State Spartans as eight-point neutral-site favorites in the Champions Classic Tuesday night—something to consider when making your college basketball predictions.  The Blue Devils have one of the best young players in the country in true freshman center Jahlil Okafor, who is averaging a team-high 17 .7 points and adding 6.7 rebounds per game.  Duke is 15-6 SU and 12-9 ATS on a neutral floor the last two-plus seasons.

The Blue Devils have hit over 50 percent of their shot attempts in all three contests thus far during the 2014-15 campaign, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball lines, as they rank fourth nationally in shooting 60.2 percent from the floor.  Duke has captured 11 of its last 12 games in this non-conference series, but it may struggle to get up for this game due to its youthful look and coming off a high-profile affair.

Temple has shown improvement on the defensive end in winning its first two games, but it needs to put the ball in the basket at a higher rate in hopes of challenging tonight’s opponent, as it ranks 317th in the country in effective field goal percentage.  The Owls have a capable backcourt to challenge the Blue Devils, with the main player to watch being point guard Will Cummings, who is the team’s leading returning scorer, and he contributed 20 points in a 82-75 victory over Louisiana Tech last time out.  Temple is 9-3 SU and 5-6 ATS in November since the start of the 2012-13 campaign.

The Owls have limited their first two opponents to a combined 36.8 shooting percentage, but they may be able to improve upon that number if Texas Longhorns transfer Jaylen Bond is able to move past an ankle injury that has sidelined him since the start of the year.

Sports bettors will likely back the Owls due to their recent 10-4 ATS run versus Atlantic Coast Conference foes.

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