Duke Blue Devils vs. Louisville Cardinals, NCAA Basketball Sports Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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24-8 March 9, 2:00 PM | Barclays Center 24-7
Duke vs Louisville, Betting Lines
When: 2:00 PM ET, Thursday, March 9, 2017
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
TV: 2 p.m. ET, ESPN, ACC Network
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
713 –Duke Blue Devils +2.0 -110 TBA Ov 147½ -110
714 –Louisville Cardinals -2.0 -110 TBA Un 147½ -110

The Duke Blue Devils and the Louisville Cardinals will both be trying to pick up a win on Thursday when they battle at Barclays Center.

ABOUT DUKE (24-8): ACC first-team selection Luke Kennard and freshmen Jayson Tatum and Frank Jackson were the three to reach 20 points in Wednesday’s win and senior forward Amile Jefferson recorded his eighth double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Controversial guard Grayson Allen continues to nurse a sore ankle and was scoreless in 12 minutes as he cedes more playing time to Jackson, who is averaging 18.3 points over his last four games. “I like to score the ball,” Jackson told reporters Wednesday. “It’s what I do best. I’m lucky to have a coach who allows me to be myself and players that I’m surrounded by that give me all the confidence in the world.”

ABOUT LOUISVILLE (24-7): Junior guard Quentin Snider ranks second to Mitchell in scoring with 12.6 per game and the pair combined to make 128 3-pointers during the regular season, including seven in a 71-64 win over Notre Dame on Saturday. Senior forward Mangok Mathiang came on strong in the final week of the season with two straight double-doubles, averaging 15 points and 10.5 rebounds. Junior forward Anas Mahmoud shoots 61.9 percent from the field and had his lone double-double (17 points, 11 boards) in the earlier win over Duke.

Oddsmakers currently have the Cardinals listed as 2-point favorites versus the Blue Devils, while the game’s total is sitting at 147½.

A year after a self-imposed postseason ban, Louisville returns to the ACC tournament as the fourth seed and with a chip on its shoulder. The ninth-ranked Cardinals begin tourney play Thursday afternoon in Brooklyn, N.Y. with a quarterfinal matchup against 14th-ranked and No. 5 seed Duke.

“The theme this year was going in there and playing our butts off because last year we didn’t get that opportunity,” sophomore guard Donovan Mitchell told the New York Post. “We’re excited to be back and get ready to get to the national championship, hopefully.” Mitchell was selected to the ACC’s first team after leading Louisville in scoring (15.9) and the conference in steals (2.1) as a stalwart for one of the league’s top defenses. The Cardinals showcased some of that defensive prowess by forcing 18 turnovers in a 78-69 win over the Blue Devils during the regular season. Duke had lost three of four before opening the tournament with a 79-72 win over Clemson in the second round Wednesday, riding three 20-point scorers.

Last time out for Louisville, they were a 71-64 winner as they battled Fighting Irish at home. They failed to cover in the match as a -7.5-point favorite.

In their last action, Duke was a 79-72 winner at home against Tigers. They covered the -6.5-point spread as favorites.

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Team record: 24-8 SU,12-18-1 ATS
Duke is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Duke is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Duke’s last 19 games

Team record: 24-7 SU,18-11 ATS
Louisville is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Louisville is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Louisville’s last 9 games


1. Allen had team highs of 23 points and nine rebounds in the loss at Louisville.

2. Louisville is 0-1 in ACC tournament play, having lost in the quarterfinal to North Carolina two seasons ago in its debut campaign in the conference.

3. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is tied with Dean Smith for the most career wins in the ACC tournament with 58.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Louisville Cardinals will cover the spread at -2 and the game will go over 147.5 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Louisville 78, Duke 73 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

80.4 PTS FOR 77.5
69.2 PTS AGNST 65.4
11.2 DIFF. 12.2
25.9 DEF REBOUNDS 26.3
10.8 OFF REBOUNDS 13.5
47.4 FG% 45.5
75.5 FT% 68.9
8.3 3 POINTERS 7.2
5.9 STEALS 6.9
No trends to report
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Louisville’s last 9 games
Louisville is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games
Louisville is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Louisville is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Duke
Duke’s Overall Scoring vs Louisville’s Overall Defense 80.4 30 65.4 38
Duke’s Away Scoring vs Louisville’s Home Defense 75.1 62 63.5 52
Duke’s Road Rebounds vs Louisville’s Home Rebounds Allowed 35.6 123 32.6 95
Louisville’s Overall Scoring vs Duke’s Overall Defense 77.6 83 69.2 101
Louisville’s Home Scoring vs Duke’s Road Defense 80.2 93 71.9 102
Louisville’s Home Rebounds vs Duke’s Road Rebounds Allowed 41.7 14 34.0 81

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