Duke Blue Devils (13-1) vs Florida State Seminoles (12-2)Date : 01/12/2019
Time : 2:00 pm EST
Location : Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, Tallahassee, Florida
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Duke Blue Devils vs Florida State Seminoles
The second-ranked Duke Blue Devils will travel to Donald L. Tucker Civic Center in Tallahassee, Florida, to battle the Florida State Seminoles on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time in the ACC basketball action. The Seminoles recently halted a seven-game winning streak in falling to the Virginia Cavaliers on the road as their offense was totally shut down throughout the contest while Virginia was allowed to shoot just 40% when the night while collecting 13 turnovers throughout the contest en route to the victory.
On the other hand, the Duke Blue Devils are unstoppable at this point in the season as they are winners of eight straight games as they picked up a all important conference victory on the road versus the reeling Wake Forest Demon Deacons in their last time out. Despite having 17 turnovers for the contest, the Duke Blue Devils forced 15 of their own while also shooting 58% from the floor throughout the game. On the other hand, Wake Forest only allowed 33% shooting on the night while connecting on just 4 of 18 3-point attempts in the loss.
Duke Blue Devils's Latest Performance :
The Blue Devils have scored 80 or more points in eight of their last nine games, overall, and will certainly seek to exploit a defense for Florida State that has really hunkered down recently in lieu of efficient offensive output. Nonetheless, the Blue Devils defense are just as potent as they are allowing just 64 points per game on 37% shooting to their opponents in 2018. They certainly had little to no trouble at all in disposing of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on the road in their last time out as they allowed the home team to shoot just 33% from the floor along with 20% from three-point range as Jaylen Hoard along with Randolph Childress ended with 13 and 12 points, respectively for a struggling Demon Deacon squad.
And while Wake Forest shot 17-28 from the free throw line, they were outrebounded by Duke in this contest while also turning the ball over 15 times en route to the defeat. Duke had monster games from their playmakers in Zion Williamson along with RJ Barrett as they ended with 30 and 21 points, respectively, as Williamson collected 10 rebounds while Barrett dished out seven assists in the win for the Blue Devils.
Duke will look to score yet another blowout in what will be their second true road game of the season vs the Seminoles in this matchup on Saturday afternoon. Nonetheless, they must keep in mind that FSU has won six straight home games and will certainly be looking to pull an upset in which to move up in the top 25 rankings.
Florida State Seminoles 's Latest Performance :
Since the start of the season, the Florida State Seminoles offense has looked very lackluster. Amazingly enough, their defense has hunkered down even more during this time as they are now allowing their recent two ACC opponents to average just 64 points per outing. Nonetheless, the Florida State Seminoles were able to put up 68 points in picking up a win at home versus the Miami Hurricanes in their last time as they shot just 42% from the floor while going 6-26 from long range in the contest as David Nichols along with PJ Savoy came off the bench in which to provide a lift in scoring with 13 and 10 points, respectively, for the Seminoles.
It would be important to note that Florida State outrebounded Miami in this contest while also capitalizing off 14 turnovers on the night for the visitors en route to the victory. In fact, Miami certainly did not help themselves from the perimeter as they shot 37% from the floor as well as 22% from three-point range as Chris Lykes along with Anthony II led the team with 21 and 17 points while the only other double-digit score for the Hurricanes was Ebuka Izundu, who ended with 13 points while pulling down nine boards and the loss.
Leading scorer for the season in Terrence Mann scored just seven points for the Seminoles in their last outing versus the Hurricanes as he was not able to rebound from a scoreless night in their previous outing versus the Virginia Cavaliers. Nonetheless, Florida State will certainly need his assistance in this matchup versus a Duke Blue Devils team that will be looking to light up the nets, once again, as they have been on a tear lately.
How Duke Blue Devils & Florida State Seminoles Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Duke is 10-4 against the spread while the OU is 3 – 10
Florida state is 5 – 8 – 1 against the spread while the OU is 6 – 7
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for this to be one of the highlight games of the weekend slate for college basketball as the Duke Blue Devils will travel to Tallahassee, Florida, in which to take on the Florida State Seminoles. In this 2nd vs 13th ranked contest, one should certainly expect both offenses to run early and often as they will both be performing against two stingy defenses that have performed well all year long. And while Duke will be looking to win their second straight road game, as stated, the Florida State Seminoles will certainly look to defend their home court as they have been very dominant at home lately and throughout the season.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Duke Blue Devils
My reason for the pick :
While the Seminoles will certainly bring there A game in this matchup, look for the Duke Blue Devils to seize control of this matchup at some point while proceeding to blow the breaks off of a Florida State Seminoles squad that continues to struggle on offense. Of course, Duke will have their fair share of issues early on as they seek to find scoring opportunities versus a solid and aggressive defense for the home team; However, look for Florida State’s offense to regress, once again, as they will be facing one of the most prolific defensive units in the Duke Blue Devils on this day.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
I expect the Duke Blue Devils to have the bulk of the momentum entering into this matchup, which allows me to believe that the under will indeed be the play as this has been the case in the majority of games for the Blue Devils recently. As stated, if one thinks that Duke happens to be a strictly offensive team, they will be sadly mistaken as the Blue Devils rank as one of the best defensive teams in the nation. With that being said, look for them to show and prove in this matchup versus an inconsistent Florida State team that only possesses a strong defense in which to keep them competitive at this critical point in the season.
Betting trends for Duke Blue Devils:
- The Blue Devils shot 5-0 against the spread in last 5 games
- The under is 5-1 in Blue Devils last 6 games
Betting trends for Florida State Seminoles :
- The Seminoles are 1-4 against the spread in last 5 games
- The over is 4 – 1 in Seminole last 5 games