College Basketball Picks: Elon Phoenix vs. Duke Blue Devils
The Duke Blue Devils (10-0) won their first game as the nation's top-ranked team last night, as they prepare to play the final game of a back-to-back situation against the Elon Phoenix (6-4) Thursday, with the opening tip scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Sports bettors will find that the Blue Devils have moved up to 25.5-point home favorites in the college basketball betting odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total is 143.5 in the market.
Let's take a closer look at this non-conference matchup from a betting perspective, while offering an against-the-spread (ATS) pick along the way.
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The Elon Phoenix have alternated wins and losses over their last six games, as they look to bounce back from a 78-73 setback in overtime to the Massachusetts Minutemen as 7.5-point road underdogs on Saturday.
Sports bettors may find the Phoenix to be a dangerous team in this spot, considering they covered as a 35-point road underdog against the Duke Blue Devils in a 98-72 defeat on Dec. 20, 2010.
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The Duke Blue Devils overcame a slow start last night in picking up a convincing 88-47 win over Cornell as 28-point home favorites, while going UNDER the posted total of 142.5.
College basketball handicappers will find it hard to ignore that this program has won 99 consecutive non-conference home games when stepping up to the betting window Thursday night.
I'm going to recommend that readers back the Elon Phoenix as one of their NCAA basketball picks, as I really like their scoring combination of Jack Isenbarger and Lucas Troutman, especially since they combined to score 31 points as freshman in this series two years ago.
Pick: Elon Phoenix +25.5