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Duke vs Tennessee Pick & Preview: Saturday, March 18th Betting Odds

Blue Devils vs Volunteers Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Duke Blue Devils at Tennessee Volunteers
  • Where: Orlando at Amway Center
  • Date: Saturday, March 18th
  • Betting Odds: Duke -3.5, DUKE -185 | TENN +153 O/U 125.5

Blue Devils Preview:

Duke will take their 9 game win streak into today’s game. So far, the team has an overall record of 26-8. On the road, the Blue Devils will be playing their 15th game of the season, having gone 8-7. This season, Duke has been favored to win in 32 games, sitting with a mark of 26-6. For today’s contest, Duke has a betting line set -3.5 points in their favor.

Kyle Filipowski comes into today’s game as the Blue Devils’ leading scorer at 15.41 points per contest. Not only has Filipowski been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Duke’s top rebounder at 8.97 boards per contest. Behind Filipowski, the team has benefited from the strong play of Jeremy Roach, who is second on the team in scoring at 13.3 points per game. Overall, he has hit 42.2% of his shots and is adding 2.53 boards per game.

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%

Volunteers Preview:

Through 33 games, the Tennessee Volunteers have an overall record of 23-10. So far this season, Tennessee has played 21 games at home, sitting with a record of 18-3. For the season, Tennessee has been the underdog in 4 games, sitting with a mark of 1-3. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Volunteers being +3.5 point underdogs.

Tennessee will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Santiago Vescovi who is averaging 12.93 points per game for the Volunteers. Vescovi 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 Volunteers’ offensive game plan is the play of Olivier Nkamhoua who has hit 51.4% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 10.58 points per game.

On offense, Tennessee comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 490th in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Volunteers’ are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.2 points per game. So far, 40.63% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 35.8%.

Free Spread Prediction: Duke Blue Devils -3.5

If you are eying this matchup between Tennessee Volunteers and Duke Blue Devils as a candidate to place a bet, we have done the work for you and our model recommends taking Duke to cover the spread as -3.5 favorites on the road. Although both team’s are going to look to get up shots from outside, we see Duke shooting well enough to keep the Volunteers at bay. Before tip-off, lock in a bet on the Blue Devils’ to win the game and cover the spread.