The third-ranked Duke Blue Devils (15-1, 5-0 ACC) and the Clemson Tigers (8-7, 2-3 ACC) face off at Littlejohn Coliseum. The Blue Devils look to prolong their nine-game winning streak. The game will air on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.
Duke Blue Devils vs. Clemson Tigers Betting Odds
Both teams were triumphant in their last game. The Tigers won a close one over the North Carolina Tar Heels 79-76, while the Blue Devils dismantled the Wake Forest Demon Deacons 90-59.
Duke dominated every facet of the game. They had a turnover percentage of 11.0 (better than their season average of 15.8) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.621 (above their season average of 0.540). Wake Forest was 21.5 and 0.455, respectively, for those same stats. Meanwhile, Clemson’s 0.522 effective field goal percentage was their largest advantage over North Carolina, who had a rate of 0.470. The Tigers’ mark was above their season average of 0.496. Clemson rallied around Aamir Simms, who had 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Meanwhile, Tre Jones played well for Duke, contributing 23 points and five assists.
The Blue Devils won the lone contest between these two teams last year, 87-68. Duke’s 0.239 free throw rate was their biggest advantage over Clemson, who had a rate of 0.127. This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.
The offense of Clemson will face off against the stingy defense of Duke. The Tigers currently rank 226th in offensive efficiency, while the Blue Devils are 10th in defensive efficiency. The Blue Devils figure to have the edge on that side of the ball. It will also be a tale of two styles as the quick-paced Blue Devils rank 55th in possessions per game, while the slower-paced Tigers rank 253rd.
Duke Blue Devils vs. Clemson Tigers Betting Pick
College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Clemson, ATS Winner – Clemson, O/U – Under
- Duke ranks seventh in three pointers allowed per game (15.8) while Clemson ranks 231st (24.8).
- The Blue Devils rank 11th in assists per game (16.9) while the Tigers rank 146th (13.1).
- Duke averages 9.3 steals per game, which ranks 19th in the country. Clemson ranks 108th in steals allowed per game (6.7).
- The Blue Devils rank 21st in rebounds per game (40.9) while the Tigers rank 194th (34.3).
- Duke ranks fourth in blocks per game (6.7) while Clemson ranks 169th (2.3).
- During their last five games, the Tigers have scored an average of 68.2 points per game (0.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 62.4 points per game (1.3 below their season average).
- The Blue Devils’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 27.4, up from 21.5 for the season.