North Carolina Vs Duke Odds, Expert Pick & TV Info
It’s on like popcorn college basketball betting buffs! The sixth-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels and 14th-ranked Duke Blue Devils will meet for the third time on Friday night – and make no mistake about it, the ACC championship tournament semifinal showdown looks like it could to be a memorable matchup.
Now, let’s find out which teams is offering the most NCAA basketball point spreads value in one of the best rivalries in all of sports.
Here’s A Closer Look At The Tar Heels Vs Blue Devils Odds, Expert Pick & TV Info
When: Friday, March 10, 2017 at 7:00 PM ET
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
TV: ESPN, ACC Network
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
NCAAB Odds: North Carolina -4
Why Bet The Duke Blue Devils
Duke (25-8 SU, 13-18 ATS) came roaring back from a 12-point second half deficit to dispatch No. 10 Louisville in their hard-fought 81-77 quarterfinal win on Thursday. Jayson Tatum scored a team-high 25 points for Duke and Luke Kennard added 24 points, but it was the polarizing Grayson Allen that ignited the Blue Devils in the second half as he finished with 18 points.
“We really needed a spark off the bench, and I didn’t think I did a good job of that in the first game,” Allen – who had 14 points in 23 minutes against the Tar Heels last weekend – told reporters Thursday. “So I thought I could be better than that. Today when I came in, it was really just trying to give these guys energy.”
Why Bet The Norh Carolina Tar Heels
North Carolina (27-6 SU, 17-13 ATS) got a team-high 19 points from Isaiah Hicks, 12 points from ACC Player of the Year Justin Jackson and 11 points from Joel Berry II to overwhelm Miami in its 78-53 quarterfinal win on Thursday.
“I would say we just have to prepare to play defense,” Hicks said afterwards. “As (coach Roy Williams) always said, he never seen a team make it that far without playing defense. I would say that should be our biggest focus, and it shows, when we start really amping it up on defense, that’s when we start to make the run.”
The Tar Heels continued their trend of dominating the glass by out-rebounding Miami 36-29 on Thursday.
“First half, they outrebounded us by one. Second half, we outrebounded them by eight,” Williams told the media. “One of the things we wanted to do was do a better job on the backboards, to say the least.” Senior Kennedy Meeks pulled down a team-high seven rebounds while four other players contributed at least four boards apiece.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
While Duke managed to bet Carolina 86-78 on Feb. 9 to cash in as a 2.5-point home favorite, The Tar Heels got their revenge in their 90-83 home win over the Blue Devils last Saturday while playing out as a Push as a 7-point home fave. For this matchup however, there’s a reason why a convincing 69 percent of the betting public likes Carolina to get the win and cover as 4-point favorites and it’s because the Tar Heels have too much size down low and are equally as solid on the perimeter as Duke.
Despite their thrilling win on Thursday, the Blue Devils are just 3-3 over their last six games, while suffering losses to the Tar Heels, Miami Hurricanes and Syracuse Orange. The Blue Devils are 2-5-2 ATS in their last nine games as an underdog, 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 games following a straight up win and an uninspiring 2-7 ATS in their last nine games as an underdog of 6.5 points or less.
Conversely, Carolina has gone 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games against their ACC rivals, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win and a consistent 19-5-2 ATS in their last 26 neutral site games as a favorite. The Tar heels win and cash in by dominating the glass and shutting down cry-baby, cheater Grayson Allen.
My final score prediction is North Carolina 85 Duke 80