Duke vs. Colorado State - 11/8/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Colorado State Rams (1-0) at Duke Blue Devils (1-0)
College Basketball: Friday, November 8, 2019 at 7:00 pm (Cameron Indoor Stadium)
The Line: Duke Blue Devils -23.5 -- Over/Under: 146.5
The Colorado State Rams and the Duke Blue Devils will match up on the college basketball court Friday.
Colorado State is coming off a 12-20 record in 2018-19, going 7-11 in the Mountain West. The Rams lost in the first round of the conference tournament to Boise State 66-57 to end their season.
In Colorado State’s first game this season, they managed a 74-63 win over Denver. In that one, Kris Martin was the lead scorer on 18 points with five rebounds and two assists. Nicolas Carvacho doubled up there with 10 points, 11 rebounds and two assists.
Over on the Duke side, they’re coming off another successful season, going 32-6 overall with a 14-4 ACC mark. The Blue Devils took the ACC Tournament championship but were stopped in the Elite Eight by Michigan State 68-67.
Duke opened up the year with a tough draw in Kansas, but the Blue Devils were able to rise to the occasion on Tuesday with a 68-66 victory. Tops in scoring for Duke there was Tre Jones, who had 15 points, six rebounds and seven assists.
The Rams are 1-4 ATS in their last five Friday games and 1-4 ATS in their last five overall. Colorado State is 16-39-2 ATS in the last 57 non-conference games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven after a straight-up win.
Meanwhile, the Blue Devils are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games and 1-4 ATS in their last five overall. Duke is 0-5 ATS in their last five Friday games and 0-4 ATS in their last four after an ATS win.
Colorado State looked pretty good in their opener, posting 34 points in the first half and closing strong with 40 points in the second. If the team plays to their potential, they should be able to take a big step forward this year—or at least flirt with a .500 record.
As for Duke, they’re going to be tough as always this season, and the opening win is a big boost coming out of the gate. That said, I like Colorado State to rise to the occasion here and squeak into a tight cover.