Duke vs. Pittsburgh Prediction
ACC rivals clash on CBS today at 2:00PM ET when No. 15 Duke visits Pittsburgh as a slight underdog.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book RealBet.eu, the Panthers are 1-point home favorites versus the Blue Devils while the total currently sits at 147.5. Some books list this game as a pick'em so make sure to shop lines at our NCAAB Betting Odds page.
With 81% of bets currently on Duke, this game definitely has "trap" written all over it. But Pittsburgh is 0-6 against top 25 opponents this season, losing by an average of 12.5 points in those six defeats. The Panthers have also been limited to 37.7 percent shooting at 24.2 from 3-point range in those loses.
Unranked home teams versus ranked opponents have been profitable all season…until this week. Unranked home teams are 3-11 against the spread this week when facing ranked opponents and while that's not reason enough alone to back the Blue Devils today, it's an interesting trend nonetheless.
So while this might be a trap game for bettors, Pitt still has to figure out how to slow down Grayson Allen while also contending with Marshall Plumlee. And with Wake Forest sitting between Duke and a season-ending home game against UNC, there's little chance the Blue Devils will be caught looking to far ahead and overlook the Panthers today.
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