Boston College vs Duke Expert NCAA Basketball Picks 12/31/2019
Game: Boston College Eagles vs Duke Blue Devils
Date: Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Location: Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Duke -23.5
The Boston College Eagles head to Cameron Indoor Stadium to take on the Duke Blue Devils on Tuesday, December 31, 2019. The opening line for this game has Duke as 23.5 point favorites.
Boston College heads into this matchup with a mark of 8-5. They currently have a point differential of 2.2 as they are averaging 67.6 points per contest while giving up 65.5 per game. Duke has an overall mark of 11-1. They are averaging 82.9 points per contest and giving up 63.6, which is a point differential of 19.3.
Valuable Boston College Eagles Betting Trends
The Boston College Eagles are 6-7-0 against the spread this season
The Boston College Eagles are 5-8-0 against the over/under this year
Important Duke Blue Devils Betting Trends
The Duke Blue Devils are 7-5-0 against the spread this season
The Duke Blue Devils are 8-4-0 against the over/under this year
Key Boston College Eagles Injuries
12/07/19 F Nik Popovic Back is out indefinitely
11/05/19 G Wynston Tabbs Undisclosed is out for season
Key Duke Blue Devils Injuries
12/28/19 G Tre Jones Foot is questionable
Derryck Thornton comes into this game averaging 13.8 points per contest while playing 30.5 minutes per night this year. He grabs 3.2 rebounds per contest and distributes 3.6 assists per game. His FG percentage is 61% while his free throw percentage is 73%. Jay Heath averages 12.3 points per contest in 31.7 minutes per game. He averages 1.8 assists per game and 3.7 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 43% for the season while his free throw percentage is 48%.
Vernon Carey Jr. scores 18.7 points per contest while playing 23.9 minutes per game. He hauls in 9.0 rebounds per contest and has 0.8 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 61% and his free throw percentage is at 64%. Tre Jones averages 15.6 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 34.5 minutes per game. He also brings in 3.8 rebounds per game and has 7.1 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage is 79%.
Useful Team Statistics
Boston College averages 67.6 points per contest, which is 273rd in D-1. Their average scoring margin is 2.2 and their shooting percentage is 41% as a unit, which has them ranked 293rd. From 3-point territory they shoot 32%, which is good for 227th in the nation. They average 34.6 boards per contest and 13.6 assists per game, which ranks them 242nd and 165th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 87th with 14.8 per game. The Eagles allow 65.5 points per contest, which is 108th in the NCAA. They also surrender a 41% shooting percentage and a 32% average from 3-point range, ranking them 114th and 155th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 39.0 rebounds a game which ranks 321st, and they allow 12.2 assists per game which puts them in 159th place in the country. They force 17.5 turnovers per game which ranks them 324th in Division 1.
Useful Team Statistics
Duke is 8th in the nation with 82.9 points per contest this season. They are 52nd in the country in shooting at 47%, while their average scoring margin is 19.3. They shoot 34% from beyond the arc, which is good for 154th in the NCAA. They are 15th in D-1 in rebounding with 41.8 boards per contest and 40th in assists per game with 16.2. The Blue Devils are 185th in turnovers per contest with 13.6. The Blue Devils give up 63.6 points per game, which ranks them 74th in Division 1. Their defense surrenders a 42% shooting percentage and a 31% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 162nd and 111th in those defensive statistics. They rank 174th with 12.4 dimes allowed per game and 51st with 31.7 boards surrendered per contest. The Blue Devils are 316th in the nation in forcing turnovers with 17.1 per contest this year.
The Eagles are 295th in the nation in offensive rating with 93.9. In terms of pace they are 105th in the country with 72 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 48% is 281st. As a team they are 276th in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 51% and they shoot 3-pointers on 39% of their shots, ranking 135th in Division 1. Boston College is 90th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 18.1 times per 100 possessions.
Duke is 274th in the country in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 15.4 times per 100 possessions. The Blue Devils have an offensive rating of 112.3, which is ranked 21st. They are 64th in D-1 in pace with 73.1 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 100th. As a unit they are 94th in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 31% of their shot attempts, ranking 304th in the country.
Who will win tonight's Boston College/Duke college basketball game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Boston College +23.5
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