Texas Tech vs Duke NCAAB Odds & Game Prediction

Texas Tech vs Duke NCAAB Odds & Game Prediction

Written by on December 19, 2018

The #11 Texas Tech Red Raiders battle the #2 Duke Blue Devils at Madison Square Garden in New York on Thursday night in one of the top college basketball matchups of the week. The Red Raiders will look to jump into the Top 10 while the Blue Devils look to impress yet again. Will Texas Tech pull off the major upset? Or, will the Dookies win and cover?

Texas Tech vs Duke NCAAB Odds & Game Prediction

  • When: Thursday, Dec. 20 at 7:00 pm ET
  • Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
  • TV: ESPN 2
  • Radio: Texas Tech / Duke
  • Live Stream: WatchESPN
  • ATS Odds: Duke -8 (-110)
  • Over/Under Total Odds: 146 (-110)

Why #11 Texas Tech Red Raiders are a good bet at +8?

Undefeated at 10-0, Texas Tech’s already shown that they’re one of the top teams in the nation. Although they’re not ranked in the Top 10 yet, they most definitely could be after their game versus the Blue Devils on Thursday night.

The Red Raiders rank first in points allowed per game. Opponents average 51.2 points per. With their defense leading the way, Texas Tech figures to give Duke all they can handle.

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Points/G: 77.5
  • Field Goal %: 49.9
  • 3-Point %: 37.5
  • Free Throw %: 68.5
  • Rebounds/G: 37.2
Defense:
  • Points/G: 51.2
  • Field Goal %: 32.2
  • 3-Point %: 2
  • Free Throw %: 66.5
  • Rebounds/G: 26.2

Why #2 Duke Blue Devils are a good bet at -8?

Is Duke a safe bet on Thursday night vs Texas Tech?

The Blue Devils’ lone loss this season happened versus the best team on the west coast, the Gonzaga Bulldogs, on a neutral court. The Zags beat the Devils 89-87. Save for the loss to Gonzaga, Duke’s been unreal this season.

Duke’s gone 7-4 against the spread. That’s not bad considering they faced a 42.5 spread against Stetson and a 24.5 spread against Yale. Duke will look at the 8 points and laugh.

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Points/G: 93.6
  • Field Goal %: 50.2
  • 3-Point %: 33.7
  • Free Throw %: 66.8
  • Rebounds/G: 46.3
Defense:
  • Points/G: 64.3
  • Field Goal %: 36.7
  • 3-Point %: 28.1
  • Free Throw %: 65.9
  • Rebounds/G: 31.5

NCAAB Betting Trends for Texas Tech vs Duke 

  • Texas Tech is 7-13-1 ATS in its last 21 games
  • Texas Tech is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Texas Tech’s last 11 games
  • Duke is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Duke is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Duke’s last 5 games

Texas Tech vs Duke Final NCAAB Betting Analysis

The real key in this game is whether Duke’s up and down style will have success against Texas Tech’s lock down defense. The Red Raiders are the best defensive team in college basketball. Virginia might be slightly better, but T-Tech is right up there.

Duke, with freshman stars like Zion Williamson, want to push the pace. That could be their problem on Thursday night. If the Dookies can’t run and gun, they’ll play right into Texas Tech’s hands. Taking the points makes sense because Texas Tech’s great at cutting down possessions. The Red Raiders cover.

NCAAB Betting Pick: Texas Tech Red Raiders +8