Rams vs. Blue Devils Prediction
The fourth-ranked Duke Blue Devils will play their home opener tonight as they are big favorites against the Colorado State Rams. Can Duke cover the big number for its second win of the week?
Friday, November 8, 2019
Cameron Indoor Stadium at 7PM ET
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According to oddsmakers, the Blue Devils are a 24-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 147 points. As of Friday morning, 81 percent of public bets are pouring in on host Duke. Check out our NCAA Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Rams prevail in opener
Colorado State won its season opener at home Tuesday night versus Denver by a score of 74-63. The Rams led 34-26 at halftime en route to the win. Kris Martin paced CSU with 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting including 1-of-6 from 3-point range plus 3-of-3 at the free throw line. He also tallied five rebounds, two assists and two steals. Adam Thistloewood accounted for 15 points and nine boards. Nico Carvacho had 10 points, 11 caroms and two assists. Hyron Edwards added 10 points and three dimes off the bench.
Blue Devils edge Kansas
Duke earned a 68-66 victory over third-ranked Kansas Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. The Blue Devils led 33-30 at halftime in what was a back-and-forth contest. Tre Jones paced Duke with 15 points on 5-of-14 shooting plus 5-of-6 at the free throw line. He also accounted for seven assists, six rebounds and two steals. Cassius Stanley recorded 13 points, two boards and two steals. Matthew Hurt had 11 points and two rebounds. Vernon Carey Jr. added 11 points, six caroms and two blocked shots.
NCAA Basketball Trends
The Rams are 1-4 ATS in their last five Friday games. Colorado State is 16-39-2 ATS in its last 57 non-conference games.
The Blue Devils are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games. Duke is 6-0 ATS in its last six games versus the Mountain West Conference.
Normally, there might be a letdown after such a huge win on a neutral site. But with this being the home opener for Duke, the crowd is going to be in a raucous state and ready to impact the game on their own. The Blue Devils lost a lot from last year's squad, but Tuesday night showed it still has the pieces to be a very strong team. I'm going to take a shot on Duke dominating from start to finish to cover the big number.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: DUKE BLUE DEVILS -24