Virginia vs. Duke - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Duke Blue Devils (23-5) at Virginia Cavaliers (20-7)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 6:00 pm (John Paul Jones Arena)
The Line: Virginia Cavaliers +3.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Duke Blue Devils and Virginia Cavaliers meet Saturday in college basketball action at the John Paul Jones Arena.
The Duke Blue Devils need a win after losing two of their last three games. The Duke Blue Devils are averaging 83.3 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 68.2 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Vernon Carey Jr. is averaging 17.6 points and 8.8 rebounds while Tre Jones is averaging 16.1 points and 4.3 rebounds. Cassius Stanley is the third double-digit scorer and Matthew Hurt is grabbing four rebounds. The Duke Blue Devils are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 70.7 percent from the free throw line. The Duke Blue Devils are allowing 30.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.3 rebounds per game. The Duke Blue Devils have split their last six road games.
The Virginia Cavaliers look to build on their five-game winning streak. The Virginia Cavaliers are averaging 57.6 points on 41.5 percent shooting and allowing 52.7 points on 37.2 percent shooting. Mamadi Diakite is averaging 13.6 points and 6.7 rebounds while Kihei Clark is averaging 10.8 points and 4.3 rebounds. Braxton Key is the third double-digit scorer and Jay Huff is grabbing six rebounds. The Virginia Cavaliers are shooting 30.3 percent from beyond the arc and 71.4 percent from the free throw line. The Virginia Cavaliers are allowing 29.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.5 rebounds per game. The Virginia Cavaliers have won four straight home games.
The underdog is 21-8-1 ATS in the last 30 meetings. The road team is 21-5-1 ATS in the last 27 meetings.
The Duke Blue Devils are obviously the more talented team and should be favored at home or on a neutral court, but they've had their struggles on the road this season and playing at Virginia with that elite defense is never easy. The Virginia Cavaliers are riding a five-game winning streak and are winning by an average of 4.4 points while allowing 44.9 percent shooting from the field and 37.1 percent shooting from deep in those games. The Duke Blue Devils are also just 3-7 against the spread when favored of 12 or less points. Give me the buckets with the Cavs, a game they could win outright.