Duke Blue Devils vs. Miami Hurricanes, Saturday, NCAA Basketball Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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DUKE BLUE DEVILS MIAMI HURRICANES
22-6 February 25, 4:00 PM | BankUnited Center 19-8
Duke at Miami-Florida, Betting Lines
When: 4:00 PM ET, Saturday, February 25, 2017
Where: Watsco Center, Coral Gables, Florida
TV: 4 p.m., ET, CBS
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
577 –Duke Blue Devils -3 -115 -160 Ov 142 -110
578 –Miami Hurricanes +3 -105 +140 Un 142 -110

The Duke Blue Devils and the Miami Hurricanes will both be gunning for a victory on Saturday when they meet at Watsco Center.

ABOUT DUKE (22-6, 10-5 ACC): Kennard (20.1 points), who is first in the ACC and ninth in the nation in 3-point shooting percentage (46.1), and Grayson Allen (15, 3.9 assists) are one of the country’s most dynamic backcourt duos, although the latter has struggled with his shot of late while playing with a sore ankle. Tatum (16.6 points, 7.4 rebounds) has emerged as one of the nation’s top freshmen while the highly touted Harry Giles (4.9, 4.1), is showing steady improvement after missing the first 11 games with an injury. Graduate student Amile Jefferson (11.3 points, 8.7 rebounds), who provides leadership, energy and an inside defensive presence, is second in the ACC in field-goal percentage (60.5), fifth in rebounding and fourth in blocked shots per game (1.6).

ABOUT MIAMI (19-8, 9-6); The Hurricanes’ three-game winning streak has been accomplished despite the absence of starting point guard Ja’Quan Newton (15 points, 3.6 assists), who will return to action Saturday after serving a three-game suspension. Brown (11.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists) proved to be an able replacement while senior Kamari Murphy (seven points, 7.7 rebounds), who is known more for his defense and rebounding than his shooting ability, averaged 11.3 points and was 15-of-21 in Newton’s absence. Davon Reed (15.4 points, 4.4 rebounds) is Miami’s top 3-point threat, but he is coming off a tough 2-of-11 shooting performance against Virginia.

Oddsmakers currently have the Blue Devils listed as 3-point favorites versus the Hurricanes, while the game’s total is sitting at 142.

No. 11 Duke visits Miami on Saturday with the teams separated by a single game in the ACC standings and both needing strong finishes to potentially earn one of four coveted double-byes in the conference tournament. The Blue Devils find themselves in a four-way tie for second place behind No. 8 North Carolina following their last-second loss at Syracuse on Wednesday, while the Hurricanes upset No. 19 Virginia 54-48 in overtime on Monday for their third straight win.

The Blue Devils had won seven in a row prior to Syracuse’s John Gillon draining a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that gave the Orange a must win despite impressive performances by Duke’s Luke Kennard (23 points) and freshman Jayson Tatum (19, 13 rebounds). “This is one of the best leagues in the country, and we can’t let up because we go down to Miami in 48 hours and play a really good, hungry Miami team,” graduate student Amile Jefferson, who scored 14 points against the Orange, told reporters after the loss. “We have to move on.” The Hurricanes overcame a seven-point deficit in the second half against Virginia behind the clutch shooting of freshman Bruce Brown, who hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minute of overtime and also finished 9-of-10 from the foul line. Miami, which is 4-4 against Duke under coach Jim Larranaga, will be looking to atone for a dismal second-half performance in the previous meeting in which it led by nine points at halftime before coming completely unglued during a 31-4 run that resulted in a 70-58 win for the Blue Devils.

In their last action, Miami was a 54-48 winner on the road against Cavaliers. They covered the +7.5-point spread as underdogs.

In their last action, Duke was a 78-75 loser on the road against Orange. They failed to cover the -3-point spread as favorites.

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Duke:
Team record: 22-6 SU,11-16 ATS
Duke is 5-12 ATS in its last 17 games
Duke is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Duke’s last 15 games

Miami:
Team record: 19-8 SU,10-16 ATS
Current Streak: won 3 straight games.
Miami is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Miami is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Miami’s last 6 games

Next up:
Duke home to Florida State Tuesday, February 28
Miami at Virginia Tech Monday, February 27

COLLEGE HOOPS UPDATE

1. Miami, which is shooting 72.2 percent from the foul line, went 20-of-22 against Virginia – outscoring the Cavaliers at the stripe by seven points in the OT win.

2. Kennard has made at least one 3-point shot in each of his last 31 games.

3. Jefferson needs eight points to become the ninth Duke player under Mike Krzyzewski to notch 1,000 and 850 rebounds in his career.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Duke Blue Devils will cover the spread at -3 and the game will go over 142 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Duke 74, Miami 69 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
DUKE TEAM MIAMI
81.7 PTS FOR 71.6
68.9 PTS AGNST 63.7
12.8 DIFF. 7.8
26.1 DEF REBOUNDS 25.4
10.5 OFF REBOUNDS 11.6
48.1 FG% 46.2
75.8 FT% 72.2
8.6 3 POINTERS 6.5
5.9 STEALS 6.4
BETTING TRENDS
DUKE
Duke is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Duke’s last 7 games on the road
Duke is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Miami
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Duke’s last 8 games when playing on the road against Miami
MIAMI
Miami is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Miami’s last 6 games
Miami is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games at home
Miami is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games at home
Miami is 5-14 SU in its last 19 games when playing Duke
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Miami’s last 17 games when playing Duke
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Miami’s last 8 games when playing at home against Duke
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Duke’s Overall Scoring vs Miami’s Overall Defense 81.7 23 63.7 25
Duke’s Away Scoring vs Miami’s Home Defense 76.6 45 62.2 35
Duke’s Road Rebounds vs Miami’s Home Rebounds Allowed 35.1 152 31.7 64
Miami’s Overall Scoring vs Duke’s Overall Defense 71.6 224 68.9 89
Miami’s Home Scoring vs Duke’s Road Defense 73.0 249 71.8 101
Miami’s Home Rebounds vs Duke’s Road Rebounds Allowed 38.0 120 33.3 53

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