North Carolina State vs. Duke - 2/19/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Duke (22-3) at North Carolina State (16-9)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 9:00 pm (PNC Arena)
The Line: North Carolina State +8 -- Over/Under: 149 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Duke Blue Devils (22-3, CONF 12-2) and NC State Wolfpack (16-9, CONF 7-7) face off in an ACC showdown at PNC Arena. The home team has won the last two games played between Duke and NC State.
The Blue Devils are trying to get ramped up for the ACC tournament and NCAA tournament and they hope to be smoking hot going into them. The Blue Devils come into this game having won seven games in a row, but they have only covered one spread in their last four games.
Duke has an elite offense averaging 83 points per game while shooting 48.4 percent from the field. The Blue Devils are led by Vernon Carey Jr. who is averaging 17.6 points while shooting 59 percent from the field.
The Wolfpack have been up and down this season, and come into this game having won two of the last three games. NC State’s last game they were four point favorites against Boston College, but they couldn’t get the job done losing by three points.
At home this season the Wolfpack are averaging 76.1 points per game while the defense is giving up 66.6. Over the last five games NC State is giving up 73.8 points per game, and if they want a chance in this game, the defense is going to need to be better.
The over is 8-2 in the Blue Devils last 10 games overall. The over is 10-1 in the last 11 meetings between the Blue Devils and Wolfpack in NC State. The over is 22-5-1 in the last 28 meetings between Duke and NC State.
The Blue Devils and NC State are both good offensive teams and the pace should be fast. This feels like a game where both teams could score 80, back the over to cash.