Evansville vs. Duke Pick
Will No. 4 Duke roll to another lopsided win at home when the Blue Devils host Evansville tonight at 7PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Duke is the heavy favorite at home, as the Blue Devils are getting odds of -28.5 points against Evansville. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 146 points. Tonight’s game takes place from Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina and will air live on ESPN2.
Evansville is actually on a five-game winning streak coming into tonight’s game. The Purple Aces are now 10-2 on the season overall and 6-2 against the spread. Evansville is averaging only 69 points per game on offense while allowing just 63.5 per contest. The Aces are without leading scorer Ryan Taylor until January due to injury. He was averaging 21.3 points per game this season. Dru Smith is also out due to injury. He was averaging 12.4 points and 5.5 assists per game.
Duke suffered its first loss of the season 11 days ago to Boston College and the Blue Devils have been off since. They are now 11-1 on the season and 7-3 against the spread, though they have failed to cover in two of their last three games. Duke is averaging 93.3 points per game on offense this year while giving up 75.2 per game. Marvin Bagley III is averaging 21.3 points and 11.3 rebounds per game to lead the Blue Devils while Grayson Allen is adding 17.2 points and 4.4 assists per game.
These two have no recent meetings to consider for tonight’s game. Duke could be a little rusty with the long layoff, but Evansville has been heavily depleted by injuries. The Purple Aces will struggle to score tonight and their defensive success won’t translate over in this game against Duke. The Blue Devils should be able to overwhelm them. The public betting is siding with Duke and I agree.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: DUKE -28.5