Panthers play host to the Blue Devils
The Duke Blue Devils and the Pittsburgh Panthers will be meeting for the first time since 2007 on Monday night as those new ACC rivals tip off in hoops betting action.
The Panthers are 18-2 so far on the season, and 8-7-2 ATS. The Blue Devils, meanwhile, are 16-4 and 12-8 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Pittsburgh go 12-4-1 and the Blue Devils go 8-11-1 on the totals.
The Blue Devils were listed as 3.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Panthers at No. 8 and the Blue Devils at No. 1 heading into this contest.
Duke won its last outing, a 78-56 result against Florida State on January 25. They covered in that game as an 8.5-point favorite. Duke cruised to victory on Saturday, running Florida State out of the gym and running up a 78-56 score at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Pittsburgh won its last outing, an 83-79 result against Maryland on January 25. They covered in that game as a 3.5-point favorite. Lamar Patterson went off for 28 points and added 7 rebounds, leading Pittsburgh over Maryland, 83-79, on Saturday at Comcast Center.
How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Pittsburgh's No. 63-ranked scoring average of 76.35 PPG, against a Blue Devils defense rated No. 65 and allowing 66.5 PPG. The Panthers FG% has averaged 48.81% to date this season, more than the Blue Devils shooters have managed so far (47.18% per game).
A few Blue Devils at Panthers trends to consider:
Duke is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
Duke is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Duke is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Duke is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 5-1-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Pittsburgh is 18-2 SU in its last 20 games
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Duke at Syracuse, Saturday, February 1st
Pittsburgh at Virginia, Sunday, February 2nd