The No. 4 Duke Blue Devils (10-1) will be at home in Cameron Indoor Stadium when they go head-to-head with the Brown Bears (5-5). Tip-off is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, December 28, 2019, and it can be seen on ESPN2.
Brown Bears at Duke Blue Devils Odds Preview
The last time the Bears played, they were beaten by the St. John’s Red Storm, 82-71. Brown’s Brandon Anderson put together a good performance, leading both teams in scoring with 25 points on 10-for-24 shooting. St. John’s did a terrific job of making free throws (24-26; 92.3 percent). Brown, on the other hand, held the Red Storm to an offensive rebounding percentage of 23.5 (below their season average of 36.5).
The Blue Devils come in on a high note after blowing out the Wofford Terriers in their last matchup, 86-57. Duke was lifted by Vernon Carey Jr., who finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Duke dominated every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.237 (matching their season average) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 53.3 (above their season average of 37.1). Wofford had marks of 0.048 and 32.5, respectively, for those same stats.
The high-powered offense of Duke (18th in the nation with an offensive efficiency of 113.5) will clash against the bottom-tier defense of Brown (254th in the country with a defensive efficiency of 101.7). The Blue Devils figure to have the advantage on that side of the ball. Additionally, the Bears rank 333rd in turnover percentage (23.2 percent), while the Blue Devils rank 53rd in opponents’ turnover percentage (23.1 percent).
Brown vs. Duke Betting Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Duke, ATS Winner – Duke, O/U – Over
The Blue Devils rank 28th in assists per game (16.3) while the Bears rank 125th (12.9).
Duke ranks 20th in rebounds per game (41.4) while Brown ranks 99th in rebounds allowed per game (34.0).
Duke ranks 28th in steals per game (9.0) while Brown ranks 172nd in steals allowed per game (8.7).
The Blue Devils rank sixth in blocks per game (6.5) while the Bears rank 108th in blocks allowed per game (3.8).
Duke ranks seventh in three pointers allowed per game (15.8) while Brown ranks 109th (21.5).
The Blue Devils’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 13.2, down from 18.8 for the season.
During their last five games, the Bears have scored an average of 67.0 points per game (2.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 73.4 points per game (1.3 above their season average).