Furman vs. Duke Prediction
Will the Duke Blue Devils roll to an easy victory tonight against Furman and cash for bettors? Or will the Blue Devils fail to cover like they did in their last game against Southern?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Blue Devils are now 22.5-point home favorites to beat the Paladins, who opened as 22-point road dogs. The total, meanwhile, hit the board at 152.5 and that's where it currently sits.
As of Monday morning, a whopping 85% of tickets were on Duke to cover the spread. This information could change leading up to game time and surely there will be some bettors on Furman. But that number is eye-popping to say the least.
Furman has compiled a 2-1 record and is 1-1 against the spread in lined games thus far. The Paladins are averaging 80.67 points per game and are allowing 65.67 on defense. They're 0-1 against the spread in their only lined road game and the over/under has gone 1-1 in their games thus far.
Duke, meanwhile, is a perfect 4-0 straight up but 2-1 against the spread after failing to cover versus Southern in its last game. The Blue Devils are 1-1 against the spread at home and the over has cashed in two of their three games thus far.
OUR PREDICTION: The Blue Devils are 7-1-1 against the spread in their last nine games overall and are 6-1-1 at the betting window in their last eight games versus a team with a winning record. They're 5-1-1 against the number in their last seven games coming off a win, are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games versus Southern opponents and are 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games when facing an opponent with a winning percentage above .600.
On the other side, the Paladins are just 1-4 against the spread in their last five games versus ACC opponents and are 0-4 at the betting window in their last four games versus a team with a winning percentage above .600.
MONDAY COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREDICTION: DUKE BLUE DEVILS -22.5