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Duke Blue Devils vs Virginia Commonwealth Rams Odds
The visiting Duke Blue Devils hope to send their backers to the pay window on Friday as they look to cover the spread at Atlantis Resort against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams.
This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at Atlantis Resort.
The Rams are 3-1 so far on the season, and 1-1 ATS vs. the number. The Blue Devils, meanwhile, are 4-0 and 2-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Virginia Commonwealth go 1-1 and the Blue Devils go 3-1 on the totals.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 20-rated Duke taking on the No. 97-rated Rams in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 87-86 win for the Rams on Friday.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Blue Devils is ranked No. 262 in NCAA hoops at 32.8 per game. Contrast that with Virginia Commonwealth’s No. 166 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Virginia Commonwealth is the No. 13-ranked team in the country at 9.8 per game, while Duke rates No. 29 at 9 per game.
Defensively, Duke features the nation's No. 197-rated defense on the road, allowing 71 points per game. Virginia Commonwealth, meanwhile, comes in at No. 219 nationally in scoring at home.
Duke was an 89-71 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Minnesota. They covered the 4-point spread as favorites. The Golden Gophers were burned for 25 points by Seth Curry on Thursday as the Blue Devils put another game in the win column, 89-71, at Atlantis Resort.
Virginia Commonwealth was a 78-65 winner in their most recent outing at home against Memphis. They covered the 1.5-point spread as underdogs. Treveon Graham scored 26 points for Virginia Commonwealth on Thursday, leading the Rams to a 78-65 win over Memphis at Atlantis Resort.
Duke home to Ohio State, Wednesday, November 28
Virginia Commonwealth home to Stetson, Wednesday, November 28