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Duke Small Road Chalk vs Hokies

Bettors with a long memory may pause a bit when the Virginia Tech Hokies host the Duke Blue Devils in college hoops AC betting action Thursday.

The Hokies beat then-No.1 Duke last season and are hungry after losing 6 of their past 7 games. They opened as 3.5-point underdogs but Duke bettors are pushing up the line.

Duke struggled to a win over St. Johns on Saturday while VTech nearly rallied from 15 down to beat Maryland.

View Duke vs Virginia Tech Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Blue Devils are listed as 3.5-point favorites at online sportsbooks such as TopBet. The total of 140.5 was settling in at 5Dimes (along with a 50% bonus offer).

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Hokies - Blue Devils odds would favor the Hokies if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Virginia Tech is rated No. 34 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Duke is at No. 58. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 81-76 win for the Blue Devils.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Virginia Tech's No. 139-rated squad against Duke's No. 122-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Virginia Tech rates No. 172 in the country with 6.2 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 44 nationally with 7.9 per match.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Duke owns the country's No. 242-rated mark, allowing 72.8 points per game on the highway. Virginia Tech, on the other hand, rates No. 140 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Duke, they were an 83-76 winner as they battled St. John's at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 18-point favorite. Duke earned an 83-76 victory over St. John's on Saturday, getting 16 points from Ryan Kelly at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Last time out for Virginia Tech, they were a 73-69 loser as they battled Maryland on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 2-point favorite. Erick Green scored 18 points in a futile effort to lead the Hokies to a win (they lost 73-69 to Maryland at Comcast Center on Saturday).

Duke Blue Devils Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Miami are 6-4
After playing St. John's are 8-2
After a win are 8-2

Virginia Tech Hokies Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Clemson are 5-5
After playing Maryland are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5


A few Blue Devils at Hokies trends to consider:
Duke is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Duke's last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Virginia Tech's last 5 games when playing Duke
Virginia Tech is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Virginia Tech's last 8 games
Virginia Tech is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Duke

Next up:
Duke home to Miami, Sunday, February 5
Virginia Tech home to Clemson, Saturday, February 4