Duke Louisville Betting Preview
The Duke Blue Devils will be looking for their third straight ATS win on Saturday as they take on the Louisville Cardinals in the title game of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas.
No. 5 Duke won and covered the posted spread in its first two games of the tournament against Minnesota and VCU, while No. 2 Louisville got past Northern Iowa and Missouri to reach the final.
The Cardinals will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 3-2 ATS against the number this season, while the Blue Devils are 3-2 ATS. Louisville is 1-1 on the totals; Duke is 3-2. Both teams are 5-0, watch for the opening Duke odds at Bovada shortly.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Blue Devils sit at No. 20 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Cardinals sit at No. 7 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Cardinals will win this game 91-82.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Duke's No. 48-ranked offense, averaging 78.6 PPG, against a Cardinals defense that ranks No. 6 at 50.2 PPG. The Blue Devils field goal percentage has averaged 48.1% so far, more than the Cardinals marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.3% per game.
Defensively, Louisville features the nation's No. 53-rated defense on the road, allowing 53.5 points per game. Duke, meanwhile, comes in at No. 134 nationally in scoring at home.
Louisville was an 84-61 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Missouri. They covered the 5-point spread as favorites. Missouri was run off the court by the Cardinals on Friday as Louisville routed them 84-61 at Atlantis Resort.
Duke was a 67-58 winner in their most recent outing at home against Virginia Commonwealth. They covered the 6.5-point spread as favorites. Virginia Commonwealth suffered a 67-58 loss against Duke on Friday, getting 16 points from Treveon Graham in a losing effort at Atlantis Resort.
Louisville home to Illinois State, Saturday, December 1
Duke home to Ohio State, Wednesday, November 28