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Duke vs Clemson Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 14th Betting Odds
Blue Devils vs Tigers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Duke Blue Devils at Clemson Tigers
- Where: Clemson at Littlejohn Coliseum
- Date: Saturday, January 14th
- Betting Odds: Duke +2, DUKE +110 | CLMSN -134 O/U 141.5
Blue Devils Preview:
Duke will take their 2 game win streak into today’s game. So far, the team has an overall record of 13-4. On the road, the Blue Devils will be playing their 6th game of the season, having gone 3-3. When looking at the betting lines, Duke will be the betting underdog for the first time this season. Coming into the game, they are +2 point underdogs on the spread. Last season, the team went 1-0 as the betting underdog.
Kyle Filipowski comes into today’s game as the Blue Devils’ leading scorer at 14.71 points per contest. Not only has Filipowski been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Duke’s top rebounder at 8.94 boards per contest. Filipowski will need take on an even larger role in today’s matchup, as Jeremy Roach will not be taking the floor vs Clemson. For the season, he is second on the team in scoring at 11.86 with a field goal percentage of 35.9%.
So far this season, Duke has put together a strong scoring offense at 80.2 points per game (13th). This strong figure has come despite the Blue Devils playing at a slow tempo compared to other schools. For the season, they have hit 36.8% of their shots from outside, which is closer to the NCAA average. Duke’s overall field goal percentage currently sits at 48.9%
Heading into today’s matchup vs Duke, the Clemson Tigers will be taking the floor for the 18th time this season and have an overall record of 14-3. So far this season, Clemson has played 11 games at home, sitting with a record of 10-1. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Tigers as the -2 point favorites. The Tigers have been favored 14 times, going 12-2 straight up.
Clemson will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Hunter Tyson who is averaging 16.18 points per game for the Tigers. Tyson is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Tigers’ offensive game plan is the play of Chase Hunter who has hit 43.2% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.53 points per game.
Coming into today’s game, Clemson will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Tigers are ranked 180th at 71.7 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 578th ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, Clemson is close to the NCAA average at 36.3%.
Free Spread Prediction: Clemson Tigers -2
Heading into this matchup, with the Clemson Tigers sitting as -2 point favorites, we like them to pick up the win and cover the spread. Both team’s will be coming into the game looking to get up shots from outside, as Clemson and Duke are averaging 7.76 and 8.18 made 3’s per game, respectively. One trend that we feel strongly about is the fact that Clemson has historically performed well against the spread at home, going 7-3 ATS (last 10). Before tonight’s matchup, we recommend getting a wager down on the Tigers to cover at -2.
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