Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#763 Louisville 136 vs.
#764 Duke -8.5
Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 6:00pm EST
Written by Scott Reichel



#763 University of Louisville
#764 Duke University


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This Saturday, there is an NCAAB matchup between the Louisville Cardinals and the Duke Blue Devils. This game will take place at Cameron Indoor Stadium at approximately 6:00 P.M EST.

Louisville Looks To Extend Winning Streak

The Louisville Cardinals have looked like an elite basketball team up to this point in the season. After starting the season ranked in the top ten, Louisville is currently ranked 11th in the AP Poll as it has won 14 of its first 17 games. In addition, Louisville enters this game on a high note after beating Pittsburgh by five points in overtime on the road in its last game. In addition, the Cardinals have won each of their last three games as they will be looking to extend that winning streak with another victory on Saturday. Luckily, the Cardinals have won four of their first five road games so they should be able to put together another solid performance in this game.

Leading the Cardinals offensively is junior forwardJordan Nwora who has looked amazing this season. He is averaging a team-high 20.4 points per game along with 7.4 rebounds. In addition, he is shooting 44.0% from the three-point line so he has the ability to stretch defenses out all by himself.

Louisville's most underrated player is senior centerSteven Enoch who has looked great so far this season. He is averaging 10.8 points per game along with 6.8 rebounds. In addition, he is averaging 0.9 blocks per game so he has the ability to alter a ton of shots in the paint as a solid rim protector.

Duke Looks To Get Back To Its Winning Ways

The Duke Blue Devils have looked like one of the best teams in the country so far this season. The Blue Devils have won 15 of their first 17 games of the season despite losing their last game against Clemson by seven points on the road. In that game, Duke's defense struggled as it gave up 79 points while allowing the opposition to shoot 56.6% from the floor. Now, the Blue Devils will be looking to get back to their winning ways with a home game up next. Luckily, Duke has a 10-1 record at Cameron Indoor Stadium so it should be able to play a lot better on Saturday.

Leading the Blue Devils offensively is freshman Vernon Carey Jr.who has been great so far this season. He is averaging a team-high 17.6 points per game along with a team-high 8.5 rebounds. In addition, he is averaging a team-high 1.9 blocks per game so he has been very active on both sides of the ball.

Duke's most underrated player is sophomore guardTre Jones who has been very good so far this season. He is averaging 15.1 points per game along with a team-high 6.8 assists. In addition, he has been extremely solid defensively as he is averaging a team-high 2.2 steals per game.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Total Pick

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Both of these teams have looked elite defensively this season so I think that this total just a bit too high. Louisville is allowing just 61.6 points per game while Duke is allowing just 63.3 points per game so I think that both teams should struggle eclipsing 65 points in this matchup. Plus, both teams rank within the top-20 in adjusted defensive efficiency according to Kenpom rankings so I think that this game should feature a lot of tough shots and empty possessions which provides a lot of value to the under in this spot. Give me the under as a result.

Prediction: Under 137.5

Half-Time Side Pick

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Duke enters this game off a very rare loss so I think that it should be very focused on playing well for at least the first 20 minutes of this game against a quality foe on Saturday. Plus, Duke is averaging roughly nine more points per game so it has the far superior offense up to this point. As a result, I think that Louisville will struggle to score enough points to keep up on the scoreboard early on before it can make some defensive adjustments at halftime so there is some value with Duke in this spot. Give me the home team.

Prediction: Duke 1H

Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.