Blue Devils vs. Panthers Prediction
The second-ranked Duke Blue Devils are coming off a thrilling victory over the fourth-ranked Virginia Cavaliers over the weekend. Will Duke have a letdown tonight when it returns to action at the Pittsburgh Panthers?
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Petersen Events Center at 9PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Blue Devils are a 12.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 156 points. As of Tuesday afternoon, 54 percent of public bets are being placed on visiting Duke. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Blue Devils hold off Cavs
Duke secured a 72-70 home win Saturday over Virginia in a battle of top 5 teams. The Blue Devils led 37-32 at halftime before holding off Virginia after the break. R.J. Barrett paced Duke with a game-best 30 points on 11-of-19 shooting including 1-of-6 from 3-point distance plus 7-of-11 at the free throw line. He also had five rebounds and three assists. Zion Williamson added 27 points, nine boards and two steals. The Blue Devils shot 26-of-51 from the floor, 2-of-14 from 3-point range and 18-of-31 at the free throw line.
Panthers fall at Orange
Pittsburgh dropped a 74-63 decision Saturday at Syracuse to fall to 13-5 on the season and 4-1 in the ACC. The Panthers were outscored 46-38 in the second half of the loss. Pittsburgh shot 22-of-65 from the field, 11-of-35 from 3-point range and 8-of-14 at the free throw line. Jared Wilson-Frame paced Pitt with 19 points off the bench on 7-of-15 shooting including 5-of-13 from 3-point distance. He also pulled down eight rebounds. Xavier Johnson added 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Blue Devils are 7-1 ATS in their last eight Tuesday games. Duke is 2-5 ATS in its last seven games versus the ACC.
The Panthers are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games. Pittsburgh is 17-5-1 ATS in its last 23 games overall.
A normal team might have a letdown after such a big home win, but Duke is no ordinary team. The Blue Devils are healthy aside from the Tre Jones injury and as long as Williamson plus Barrett are in the fold, they have the ability to dominate anyone even on the road. The Panthers already have an 85-60 loss at home to North Carolina, so hanging with Duke doesn't seem very likely. Take the favorites here.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: DUKE BLUE DEVILS -12.5