Louisville at Duke: 2/27/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Duke Blue Devils (11-8) vs Louisville Cardinals (12-5)
Game Info: Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 6:00 pm (Cameron Indoor Stadium)
Betting Odds: Duke Blue Devils -5 -- Over/Under: 141.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Louisville Cardinals will travel to Cameron Indoor Stadium to take on the Duke Blue Devils this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Louisville Cardinals improved to 12-5 on the season after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 69-57, this past Tuesday. Louisville rebounded from a tough game at North Carolina to dominate Notre Dame on the defensive end and the Cardinals had no trouble pulling away after taking a 54-43 lead. Louisville shot 42.2% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc while Notre Dame shot 36.8% from the field and 25.0% from beyond the arc. Louisville outrebounded Notre Dame by a 45-30 margin and committed just 10 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Cardinals was Carlik Jones who had 18 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, & 1 steal.
On the season, Louisville is averaging 68.5 ppg on 44.1% shooting from the field. The Cardinals are averaging 5.4 three-pointers per game on 30.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Louisville has been led by Carlik Jones (17.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.5 spg), David Johnson (12.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.1 spg), Jae’Lyn Withers (9.9 ppg, 7.9 rpg), & Dre Davis (8.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.3 apg).
Defensively, Louisville is holding their opponents to an average of 65.8 ppg on 41.4% shooting from the field. The Cardinals have a rebound margin of 5.6 and a turnover margin of -0.7.
The Duke Blue Devils won their 4th straight game and improved to 11-8 on the season after defeating the Syracuse Orange, 85-71, this past Monday. Duke was outstanding on the offensive end against Syracuse and had no trouble securing the victory after going into halftime with a 52-34 margin. Duke shot 53.1% from the field and 44.8% from beyond the arc while Syracuse shot 40.6% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc. Duke outrebounded Syracuse by a 39-37 margin and forced 11 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Blue Devils was DJ Steward who had 21 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists, & 2 blocks.
On the season, Duke is averaging 76.1 ppg on 46.2% shooting from the field. The Blue Devils are averaging 8.6 three-pointers per game on 36.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Duke has been led by Matthew Hurt (18.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.5 apg), DJ Steward (13.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.1 spg), Jeremy Roach (9.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.8 apg), & Jordan Goldwire (6.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.8 apg, 2.5 spg).
Defensively, Duke is allowing their opponents to average 71.2 ppg on 46.2% shooting from the field. The Blue Devils have a rebound margin of 2.8 and a turnover margin of 0.7.
The Cardinals are 17-8-1 ATS in their last 26 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record, however, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games. The Blue Devils are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win.
Louisville picked up a nice win against Notre Dame, however, this is a team that has not played much basketball as of late (just 2 games since Feb. 1st) and a times have really struggled on the road as we saw at Wisconsin and more recently, North Carolina. Duke is playing like a team that knows it needs all the victories it can get to earn themselves an NCAA bid and between the fact that I think their offense will have success at home and that the Blue Devils seem to be finally playing to the level of their talent, I think the play here is to take the Blue Devils to cover. Good Luck!