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Final game of PK80 Invitational showcases No. 1 Duke vs No. 7 Florida

Phil Knight was granted a heck of an 80th birthday gift. The Nike co-founder’s birthday celebration helped orchestrate an early-season tourney with true heavyweights in NCAA basketball that will conclude with the top-ranked Duke Blue Devils versus the No.7-ranked Florida Gators at the PK80 Invitational. Duke opened as a 2.5-point favorite vs the high-scoring Gators in a game where a statement can be made on who’s the true contender for the national championship.

SHARK BITES
  • The OVER has hit in 5 of Duke’s last 6 games.
  • Duke’s Grayson Allen is averaging 16.9 points per game.
  • Florida is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games.

The Dookies we’re almost bounced from the tourney in their last matchup that saw them have to overcome multiple double-digit deficits and overtime against an up-and-coming Texas Longhorns squad. Marvin Bagley III was a man amongst boys versus the Longhorns, dropping 34 points and grabbing 15 rebounds and showed why he’s been labelled as the best player in college basketball. The Blue Devils are 4-1 ATS early in the season and with the way Bagley and senior Grayson Allen have been balling out, backing Duke would be a great wager.

Not to be overlooked, the Florida Gators also had to overcome an overtime matchup of their own versus Gonzaga that saw guard Chris Chiozza nearly notch a triple-double. Averaging almost 103 points per game this season, the Gators are not to be taken lightly but could be in tough against Duke’s frontcourt. Fatigue could also be a factor for the Gators who had three players log 44+ minutes on Friday against Gonzaga.

The total opened at 162.5 and with the way these teams shoot from deep, that could be surpassed mid-way through the second half. Florida averages over 102 points per game with 12 made threes in those contests. And if there’s a weakness for the Blue Devils early in the season, it’s their perimeter defense.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Florida Gators betting line as 2.5-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over/under total value at TopBet.

Duke Blue Devils vs Florida Gators Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Florida Gators sit at 5-0 (4-1 ATS) on the college basketball season. By comparison, the Duke Blue Devils are currently 7-0 (4-2 ATS). Looking to bet on the total points scored? Florida is 4-1 OU, and Duke is 5-1 OU.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Florida Gators at No. 8 and the Duke Blue Devils at No. 12 heading into this college basketball betting matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring and defensive stats point to some betting edges in this matchup. The game features Florida's No. 1-ranked scoring average of 102.6 PPG, against a Duke Blue Devils defense rated No. 145 and allowing 71.57 PPG. The Florida Gators FG% has averaged 50.74% to date this season, more than the Duke Blue Devils shooters have managed so far (49.89% per game).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Duke got 34 points from Marvin Bagley III en route to a 85-78 victory over Texas on Friday at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter.

Gonzaga was victimized by Jalen Hudson for 35 points as the Gators defeated the Bulldogs 111-105 in college hoops action on Friday.

Betting Trends
  • Duke is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Florida is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Florida is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

Next Betting Matchups

Duke at Indiana, Wednesday, November 29th
Florida at Florida State, Monday, December 4th

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