Duke Blue Devils vs. Louisville Cardinals, Saturday, NCAA College Basketball Betting, Odds, Picks and Prediction

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DUKE BLUE DEVILS LOUISVILLE CARDINALS
14-3 January 14, 12:00 PM | KFC Yum! Center 14-3
When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 14, 2017
Where: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Kentucky
TV: Noon ET, ESPN
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
 Duke Blue Devils +4.0 -110 +160 145.5 -110
 Louisville Cardinals -4.0 -110 -180 145.5 -110
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The Duke Blue Devils and the Louisville Cardinals will both be trying to pick up a win on Saturday when they battle at KFC Yum! Center.

ABOUT DUKE (14-3, 2-2 ACC): The Blue Devils have struggled to find continuity due to injuries and star guard Grayson Allen’s one-game suspension for a tripping incident last month. Allen (15.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists) has taken over as the primary point guard and is averaging 7.7 assists in league play, while freshman Jayson Tatum has emerged as an impact player, averaging 17.4 points and 6.8 rebounds in nine games since making his debut. Despite the instability of the supporting cast, guard Luke Kennard (20.4 points, 5.6 rebounds) consistently has produced.

ABOUT LOUISVILLE (14-3, 2-2): The Cardinals rank among the nation’s best defensive teams, as usual, holding opponents to 37.5 percent shooting overall and 28.5 percent from 3-point range. Their post defense is especially tough, with 6-10 Mangok Mathiang and 7-footer Anas Mahmoud accounting for most of the team’s 6.8 blocks per game, which ranks second in the nation. Louisville gets most of its offensive output from the perimeter, though, as swingman Deng Adel (10.6 points, 4.5 rebounds) and guards Donovan Mitchell (13.5, 5.1) and Quentin Snider (12 points, 3.9 assists) each average double figures.

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Cardinals listed as 4-point favorites versus the Blue Devils, while the game’s total is sitting at 145.5 according to MyBookie-White logo -70x40.

In their last action, Louisville was a 85-80 winner at home against Panthers. They failed to cover the -11-point spread as favorites.

Duke lost its last outing, a 88-72 result against Seminoles on January 10. They failed to cover in that game as a +1.5-point underdog.

Seventh-ranked Duke is winless on opponents’ home courts and will try to prevent a third straight road loss when it hosts No. 15 Louisville on Saturday. The Blue Devils are facing a second consecutive ranked opponent on the road and hoping to avoid dropping below .500 through at least five ACC games for the first time since 2006-07.

The Cardinals also have endured the grind of ACC play, dropping their first two conference games – both to ranked foes, but they’ve won two straight after an 85-80 triumph over Pittsburgh on Wednesday. The Blue Devils were ranked No. 1 in the preseason, but they’ve rarely been at full strength and have struggled to find an identity, using seven different starting lineups through 17 games. Duke has relied more on its highly touted freshmen of late, as star big man Amile Jefferson will miss his second straight game with a foot injury – a costly absence in Tuesday’s 88-72 loss at Florida State. “With a young team, we’ve just got to take our lumps and grow from it,” Duke guard Matt Jones told reporters. “It’s not the end all, be all right now. It’s still January, so we just have to keep getting better and fighting.”

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Duke:
Team record: 14-3 SU,7-9 ATS
Duke is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Duke is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Duke’s last 5 games

Louisville:
Team record: 14-3 SU,10-5 ATS
Louisville is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Louisville’s last 7 games
Louisville is 15-1 SU in its last 16 games at home

Next up:
Duke home to Miami Saturday, January 21
Louisville home to Clemson Thursday, January 19

KEY NOTES

1. Kennard has made a 3-pointer in 20 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the ACC.

2. The Cardinals have won 131 consecutive games when scoring 85 or more points in regulation.

3. Duke has allowed three of its last four opponents to shoot better than 50 percent.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Duke Blue Devils will cover the spread at +4 and the game will stay under 145.5 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Louisville 72, Duke 69 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
DUKE TEAM LOUIS
84.5 PTS FOR 75.6
65.9 PTS AGNST 61.9
18.6 DIFF. 13.7
27.4 DEF REBOUNDS 27.2
11.6 OFF REBOUNDS 14.5
48.3 FG% 43.6
73.7 FT% 68.4
8.1 3 POINTERS 6.6
7.1 STEALS 7.1
INJURIES
DUKE
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
LOUISVILLE
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
DUKE
Duke is 2-8-1 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
Duke is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Duke’s last 14 games on the road
LOUISVILLE
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Louisville’s last 7 games
Louisville is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games
Louisville is 15-1 SU in its last 16 games at home
Louisville is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Duke
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Duke’s Overall Scoring vs Louisville’s Overall Defense 84.5 19 61.9 16
Duke’s Away Scoring vs Louisville’s Home Defense 77.3 42 60.6 33
Duke’s Road Rebounds vs Louisville’s Home Rebounds Allowed 35.9 140 34.8 194
Louisville’s Overall Scoring vs Duke’s Overall Defense 75.7 139 65.9 58
Louisville’s Home Scoring vs Duke’s Road Defense 78.6 162 70.4 72
Louisville’s Home Rebounds vs Duke’s Road Rebounds Allowed 44.2 13 36.0 141
POWER STATS
SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
DUKE 48.3 41.6 6.7
LOUIS 43.6 37.5 6.1
REBOUNDING
TEAM OFF DEF TOTAL
DUKE 11.6 27.4 39.1
LOUIS 14.5 27.2 41.8
ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO
TEAM ASSISTS TURNOVERS RATIO
DUKE 14.2 11.6 1.2
LOUIS 13.8 11.8 1.2

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