Syracuse vs. Duke Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 1-14-19

Syracuse vs. Duke Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 1-14-19

Syracuse Orange (11-4) vs Duke Blue Devils (13-1)

Date : 01/14/2019
Time : 7:00PM
Location : Cameron Indoor Stadium

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Syracuse Orange vs Duke Blue Devils

The #1 Duke Blue Devils welcome the visiting Syracuse Orange to Cameron Indoor Stadium on Monday night for an ACC showdown. Zion Williamson and the best team in the nation will be on display against a division foe that is sitting in the fifth spot in the ACC. The last time these two teams met was in the sweet sixteen of the NCAA Tournament back in March 2018. Duke edged Syracuse 69-65 to move on to the final eight. This is their first meeting this season.

Syracuse Orange's Latest Performance :

The Syracuse Orange have had a solid season and are winners of four in a row. Their last outing against the Clemson Tigers, the Orange shot 42% from the field to win the game 61-53. Coach Jim Boeheim implemented a tough defensive press that stifled the Tigers who shot only 36% from the field and 5 of 20 from beyond the arc in their lowest scoring outing this season. Elijah Hughes led all Orange scoring with 14 points and Tyus Battle and Frank Howard both added 12 points apiece in the win.

Duke Blue Devils's Latest Performance :

The Duke Blue Devils are back on top of the basketball world. They have won eight in a row after losing a heartbreaker to Gonzaga back in November. Their last match-up was a convincing Wake Forest blowout 87-65 behind Zion Williamson’s 30 points and 10 rebounds. Williamson went 13 of 16 from the field and RJ Barrett finished with 21 points and 7 assists. Duke dominated the paint outscoring the Demon Deacons 58-22 and shot 63% from the field in the final 20 minutes of the game.

How Syracuse Orange & Duke Blue Devils Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

Duke is 10-4 ATS overall

Duke is 6-2 ATS at home and 1-0 ATS away

Syracuse is 8-7 ATS overall

Syracuse is 6-5 ATS at home and 2-0 ATS away

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

Duke brings its high-flying act to a conference match-up with Syracuse at home in one of the toughest gyms in the country to play in. To put this game into perspective, Duke is averaging 90 points per game while the Orange are averaging just over 70 points per game. The Blue Devils are averaging just under 50% shooting from the floor. In other words, Syracuse has a tough task ahead of them. It would be an upset of epic proportions but the odds of that happening are slim to none. The Blue Devils are for real and deserve to occupy the #1 spot in the nation.

Betting trends for Syracuse Orange:

  • Syracuse is 1-0 as away underdog

  • Syracuse is 2-0 in conference games

  • Syracuse is 8-2 after a win

Betting trends for Duke Blue Devils:

  • Duke is 8-0 as home favorite

  • Duke is 11-1 after a win

  • Duke is 2-0 in conference games


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