Bruins battle the Blue Devils at MSG
Madison Square Garden in New York will host another marquee college hoops betting matchup on Thursday night as the UCLA Bruins look to knock off the ranked Duke Blue Devils.
UCLA and Duke haven't met since 2002, when the Blue Devils won 84-73 as a 10-point road favorite on the college basketball betting lines. Overall Duke is 4-1 both SU and ATS in its last five games against UCLA dating back to 1996.
The Bruins will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 6-3 ATS against the number this season, while the Blue Devils are 5-5 ATS. UCLA is 4-5 on the totals; Duke is 5-5.
If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Bruins were listed as 2-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 13-rated UCLA taking on the No. 19-rated Blue Devils in this contest.
Duke was an 85-66 winner in their most recent outing at home against Gardner-Webb. They failed to cover the 26-point spread as favorites. Jabari Parker scored 21 points leading the Blue Devils to an 85-66 victory over Gardner-Webb at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Monday.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Bruins is ranked No. 140 in NCAA hoops at 36.2 per game. Contrast that with Duke’s No. 222 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Duke is the No. 24-ranked team in the country at 8.4 per game, while UCLA rates No. 96 at 6.7 per game.
A few Bruins at Blue Devils trends to consider:
UCLA is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
UCLA is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Duke
UCLA is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Duke
Duke is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Duke is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Duke is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing UCLA
Duke is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing UCLA
UCLA home to Weber State, Sunday, December 22nd
Duke at Eastern Michigan, Saturday, December 28th