NCAA Basketball Picks: NC State Wolfpack vs. Duke Blue Devils
The Duke Blue Devils are 0-7 against the spread in their last seven opportunities as home favorites of 9.5 to 12 points, but they'll have revenge on their minds on Thursday night, as they prepare to host the NC State Wolfpack at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Sports bettors will find that the Blue Devils are 10.5-point favorites in the college basketball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total stands at 150.5 in the market.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski shouldn't have a problem motivating his roster for this affair, as Duke suffered an 84-76 defeat to NC State as one-point road favorites on Jan. 12.
Let's take a closer look at this Atlantic Coast Conference matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up an against-the-spread pick along the way.
NC State Wolfpack
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The NC State Wolfpack will likely take the floor without the services of star point guard Lorenzo Brown (News & Observer) as they try to snap a two-game losing streak, which includes a 79-78 setback to the Miami Hurricanes last time out.
Sports bettors will find that the Wolfpack are 4-2 against the spread as road underdogs of 9.5 to 12 points over the last two-plus seasons.
Duke Blue Devils
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The Duke Blue Devils have won three games in a row, including a 79-60 victory over the Florida State Seminoles as six-point road favorites last time out, when they managed to shoot a season-high 60.8 percent from the field.
Sports bettors will find that the Blue Devils are 3-0 against the spread in their last three opportunities when playing with same-season revenge.
I'm going to recommend that readers back the Duke Blue Devils as one of their college basketball picks on Thursday night, as they've gone 12-6 against the spread in February over the last two-plus seasons.
NCAA Basketball Pick: Duke Blue Devils -10.5