Texas Tech vs. Duke Prediction

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Duke Blue Devils 12/20/18, Prediction & Odds

The second-ranked Duke Blue Devils have won each of their last five games by at least 21 points as they get set for a tough challenge at home tonight against undefeated and 12th-ranked Texas Tech. Can Duke roll to another double-digit win to cover the spread against the Red Raiders?

Game Snapshot

603 Texas Tech Red Raiders at 604 Duke Blue Devils

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Cameron Indoor Stadium at 7PM ET

TV: ESPN2

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Public Betting Information

According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Blue Devils are listed as a 10-point favorite on the spread line. The total sits at 148 points. As of Thursday morning, 64 percent of public bets are siding with host Duke. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for up-to-date information.

Red Raiders win 10th straight

Texas Tech moved to 10-0 on the season Saturday night with an 82-48 blowout home win over Abilene Christian. The Red Raiders led 41-26 at halftime and did not relent in the second half. Texas Tech shot 30-of-54 from the floor in the victory and 15-of-21 at the free throw line. Jarrett Culver paced the Red Raiders with a game-best 30 points on 12-of-13 shooting plus seven rebounds and four assists. Matt Mooney accounted for 14 points, three boards and three steals. Kyler Edwards added 10 points, five assists and two steals in 19 minutes off the bench.

Blue Devils dominate Princeton

Duke led by 13 at halftime and then proceeded to outscore the Tigers 62-24 after the break Tuesday night at home en route to a 101-50 win. R.J. Barrett paced the Blue Devils (10-1) with 27 points on 11-of-21 shooting to go with six rebounds and three assists. Zion Williamson tallied 17 points, 10 boards, three assists, three steals and two blocked shots. Jack White accounted for 10 points four rebounds, four dimes, two steals and two blocks off the bench. Alex O'Connell added 10 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals as a reserve. Duke shot 35-of-67 from the floor including 10-of-27 on 3-point tries plus 21-of-25 at the charity stripe.

College Basketball Betting Trends

Texas Tech

The Red Raiders are 4-0 ATS in their last four games versus an opponent with a winning percentage above .600. Texas Tech is 1-5 ATS in its last six games versus ACC opponents.

Duke

The Blue Devils are 4-1 ATS in their last five games. Duke is 0-6 ATS in its last six games after scoring 100 or more points in its previous game.

Prediction:

This will easily be Duke's toughest home opponent to date and the argument could be made that it's its toughest opponent so far this season, period. The Red Raiders rank No. 1 nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency, meaning baskets won't be easy to come by for the hosts. While Texas Tech hasn't played a very tough schedule, it did top a pretty darn good Nebraska team by 18. I think the Red Raiders keep this contest close throughout.

 

NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS +10

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