Duke vs. UNLV Prediction
No. 5 Duke is a big road favorite when it faces UNLV today at 5:15PM ET. Are the Blue Devils biting off more than they can chew?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Duke is a massive favorite on the road, as the Blue Devils are getting odds of -23.5 points against the Rebels. The over/under total is listed at 153.5 points. These two have no recent meetings to consider.
Duke has won seven straight coming into today to move to 9-1 on the season. The Blue Devils have also covered in to straight and are 5-4 against the spread. They are 3-2 ATS as a favorite of 20 points or more this year as well. Duke is putting up a big number on offense this season, averaging 85.5 points per game. Defensively, the Blue Devils are holding opponents to just 64.3 points per game. Duke has five players averaging at least 14 points per game, with Luke Kennard leading the way. He is putting up 20.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists per contest.
UNLV is coming off a 97-37 loss at Arizona State last week to fall to 5-3 on the year. They also are 5-2-1 against the spread this season, going 5-1 ATS at home. The Rebels are averaging 77.6 points per game on offense while giving up 72.4 points per contest. Jalen Poyser is averaging 17.5 points per game to lead UNLV this season. Christian Jones, who is putting up 14 points and 7 rebounds per game, is questionable for this game with an ankle injury.
UNLV has played pretty well at home this season, but they also haven’t faced a team of Duke’s ability while at home. The Blue Devils have plenty of scoring options and aren’t even 100 percent as some freshmen have yet to make their 2016-17 debut because of injury. UNLV could be without Jones, but even if he plays, he won’t be at 100 percent. Look for Duke to run over the Rebels and make this game look easy.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: DUKE -23.5