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 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