Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Blue Devils versus the Panthers? Tip off is at at 9:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN. The game will be played at Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, PA. The Blue Devils come into this Atlantic Coast conference matchup as the betting favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 147 points.

DUKE BLUE DEVILS VS PITTSBURGH PANTHERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Pittsburgh Panthers +5.5

This game will be played at Petersen Events Center at 9:00 ET on Tuesday, January 9th.

WHY BET THE PITTSBURGH PANTHERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-67 in favor of the Panthers.
  • Not only will Pittsburgh pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +5.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 147 points, and we like the under with a projected 141 points.

Can The Blue Devils Secure a Road Victory?

After winning their last game against Notre Dame by a score of 67-59, the Duke Blue Devils are on a six-game winning streak. So far this season, Duke has an 11-3 record, including a 2-1 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play. They have been favored in all 14 of their games, going 11-3 in those contests.

On the road, the Blue Devils have a record of 2-2, and their average scoring margin is +2.0 points per game. Over their last 10 games away from home, Duke has gone 6-4. For the season, they are scoring an average of 75.1 points per game and allowing 70.2 points per contest.

As the favorite this season, Duke has gone 8-6 vs. the spread. On the road, the Blue Devils are just 1-3 ATS this year and their last 3 road ATS mark sits at 0-3. However, over their last 10 games as the favorite, Duke has gone 6-4 vs. the spread.

So far this season, the over/under record for Duke games is 7-6-1. On average, their games have finished with 148.4 points compared to an average over/under line of 146.2, resulting in an average margin of 2.2 points. Today’s over/under line of 147 is similar to the average scoring total in their games this season (148.4). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 150 points.

In their latest game, Duke offense put up 67 points against Notre Dame. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 35.6% and made 8 threes. The top scorer for the Blue Devils was Mark Mitchell with 23 points, while Jeremy Roach also added 18 to the scoreboard.

So far this season, the Duke defense has been performing well, ranking 65th in the country at 66.1 points allowed per contest. Duke’s three-point defense is currently 104th in the country at 6.7 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 42.9% of their shots vs. Duke.

Will the Panthers Make it Happen at Home?

After winning their last game against Louisville by a score of 83-70, Pittsburgh comes into this game with a record of 10-5. At home this season, the Panthers have gone 7-4, and over their last 10 games in Pittsburgh, they have a record of 6-4. So far, they have been the underdog in three games, and they have yet to win one.

On average, Pittsburgh has been outscoring their opponents by 14.3 points per game at home, compared to +11.8 per game on the road. The Panthers have gone 1-3 in ACC play, and they are 9-2 in non-conference action. For the season, they are 10-2 when favored, and they are currently the underdog by 5.5 points.

As the underdog, Pittsburgh has struggled vs. the spread this season, going 0-3. Their overall ATS record is 8-6-1. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Panthers are 4-6 vs. the spread. At home, Pittsburgh has an ATS mark of 5-5-1 this year and their last 10 home ATS record is 4-5-1.

Today’s over/under line of 147 for the Pittsburgh Panthers’ game against Duke is right in line with their season average of 147.6. So far, their over/under record is 10-5. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 144 points, and their OU record over their last 10 games is 5-5.

The Pittsburgh offense is coming off a game in which they scored 83 points vs. Louisville. Overall their field goal percentage was 45.6% while connecting on 12 threes. Leading the team in scoring was Blake Hinson with 21 points. Zack Austin also added 20 points for the Panthers.

The Panthers’ defense is presently ranked 54th nationally, allowing an average of 65.5 points per contest. On average, opposing teams are hitting 6.1 threes per game vs. Duke. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 26.1%.