N.C. State vs. Duke Pick
No. 18 Duke looks to get back on a winning streak tonight when it hosts N.C. State at 7PM ET in ACC action.
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Duke is the clear favorite tonight, as the Blue Devils are getting odds of -16 points against N.C. State. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 160.5 points. Duke has won four straight in this series, but N.C. State has covered the spread in the last two meetings.
Duke is coming off a 70-58 win over Miami at home this weekend, but the Blue Devils are just 3-3 in their last six. Duke is now 15-4 overall and 3-3 in the ACC. The Blue Devils are just 2-6 against the spread in their last eight games and 8-10 against the spread on the season. Duke averages 82.9 points per game on offense this season while giving up just 66.1 points per contest defensively. At home, Duke is averaging 88.1 points per game on offense and giving up 61.1 points per game. Luke Kennard is averaging 19.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while Amile Jefferson is adding 13.1 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. Grayson Allen is dealing with a finger injury, but is probable to play today.
N.C. State has dropped four of its last five, including a 93-88 loss at home to Wake Forest. The Wolfpack are now 13-7 overall and 2-5 in the ACC. They are also 1-4 against the spread in their last five and are now 8-9 against the spread. N.C. State averages 81.6 points per game on offense while giving up 77.2 points per contest. On the road, the Wolfpack’s offense dips to just 64.8 points per game while the defense allows 87.5 points per contest. Dennis Smith Jr. is averaging 18.9 points and 6.6 assists per game while Terry Henderson averages 15 points per contest.
Duke hasn’t been a great team with Coach K leaving, but the Blue Devils have a clear advantage today. N.C. State has been a mess at home while Duke is finally starting to get healthy and showing what it can be capable of. After playing three straight ACC contenders, Duke should be looking forward to playing the Wolfpack.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: DUKE -16