Eastern Michigan Eagles (2-0) vs Duke Blue Devils (3-0)Date : 11/14/2018
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, North Carolina
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Eastern Michigan Eagles vs Duke Blue Devils
The undefeated Eastern Michigan Eagles will travel to Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina on Wednesday night at 7 pm EST to face the 3rd ranked Duke Blue Devils. The Eagles are fresh off a 97-74 home win over the Goshen Maple Leafs in their last outing as Elijah Minnie scored 17 points for the home team in going seven of 14 for the night while the team shot 57% from the floor. The Blue Devils remained undefeated on the season with a 94-72 home win over the army Black Knights on November 11th as the Blue Devils had three, 20-point performers in R.J. Barrett (23), Cam Reddish (25), along with Zion Williamson (27) as Duke shot 49% for the night while holding the Black Knights to only 36% in the contest. These teams have not met since 2013 season as the Blue Devils picked up the 82-59 blowout victory.
Eastern Michigan Eagles's Latest Performance :
Eastern Michigan find themselves in the top spot early in the 2018 season within the MAC West division. Their success can directly be attributed to their defense which is allowing opponents to shoot only 38% from the floor thus far in the season. And while they picked up a slim, four-point win over the Drexel Dragons on Friday night, they rebounded for a much better offensive performance versus the Goshen Maple Leafs as they shot 57% from the field while hitting eight of 20 attempts from three-point range.
Elijah Minnie had 17 points along with five rebounds in the win for the Eagles as three other players scored in double digits. Paul Jackson, who leads the team in scoring thus far with 19 points per outing, had only nine points on two for seven shooting on the night. Nonetheless, they now face a team in Duke to where they will have to show and prove on the defensive end in which to combat the three headed monster for the Blue Devils.
Duke Blue Devils's Latest Performance :
Duke allowed early success to the Black Knights of Army in their most recent outing as they only went up by eight points at the half; However, outscored the visitors 44-30 in the second half to get the all-important home victory on Sunday night. For the contest, Army ended the game shooting only 38% from the floor along with hitting 12 of 31 attempts from long range. They were heavily rebounded by Duke by a margin 47-35 margin, however. Barrett, Reddish, and Williamson accounted for 75 of Duke’s 90 points while combining for 29 of duke’s 47 rebounds for the contest.
Barrett leads the team in scoring with 28 points per game while Williamson leads the team in rebounding with 12 per outing. On the other hand, Reddish leads the team with three steals per game. They will now focus on an Eastern Michigan team that has only allowed 67 points per game to their opponents while allowing 81 points per contest.
How Eastern Michigan Eagles & Duke Blue Devils Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Eastern Michigan is 0-1 ATS while the OU is 0-1
Duke is 1-1 ATS while the OU is 1-1
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
The Blue Devils are primed for another great season. With that being said, the Eagles will go into this matchup with some momentum of their own after beating up on their last opponent. In all, look for the visitors to attempt to establish themselves on the defensive end while also getting their offense going early. Also, look for Duke to play much better on the defensive end after a lackluster first half effort versus Army in their last contest.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Duke Blue Devils
My reason for the pick :
I will ride with the Blue Devils in this matchup as they simply play on another level at home in front of their home fans. Of course, the Eagles will attempt to make a game of it, however, they will fall behind due to a team defensive effort for Duke along with a solid offense which possess three playmakers that can really put points on the board while also getting their teammates involved.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
Look for the over to be the play in this contest as the Blue Devils will expose the Eagles on the defensive end with an offensive unit that can really shoot the basketball. The Eagles will also put some points on the board throughout, however, they will not be able to maintain closeness with Duke shooting efficiently from the field throughout.
Betting trends for Eastern Michigan Eagles:
- The Blue Devils are 3-3 ATS in their last six games
- The Over is 4-1 in Blue Devils last five games
Betting trends for Duke Blue Devils:
- The Eagles are 6-2 ATS in last eight games
- The Eagles are 2-1 ATS in last three home games
- The Under is 8-0 in the last eight games for the Eagles