Duke Blue Devils at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Betting Prediction 01/08/20

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Expect a fast-paced game when the second-ranked Duke Blue Devils (13-1, 3-0 ACC), 12-point favorites, head to Georgia Tech to play the Yellow Jackets (7-7, 2-2 ACC). The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 139.5 points and it will air on ACC Network at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.

Duke Blue Devils at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets ATS Odds

Both teams covered in their last outing. The Yellow Jackets (7-point underdogs) defeated the North Carolina Tar Heels 96-83, while the Blue Devils (10-point favorite) beat the Miami (FL) Hurricanes 95-62. Both games went over their projected point totals. The Georgia Tech game went 41.5 points over the projected point total of 137.5, while the Duke game went 9 points over the projected point total of 148.

Duke dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a fantastic offensive rebounding percentage of 46.4 (above their season average of 38.9) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.642 (above their season average of 0.530). Miami (FL) was 24.3 and 0.414, respectively, for those same stats. The Yellow Jackets, on the other hand, had a fantastic effective field goal percentage of 0.639 (above their season average of 0.476) and had a turnover percentage of 15.4 (better than their season average of 21.2). Jose Alvarado had a solid performance for Georgia Tech, putting up 25 points, eight assists and six steals. Duke was led by Vernon Carey Jr., who contributed 24 points and nine rebounds.

The Blue Devils won the sole contest between these two teams last year, 66-53. One of Duke’s largest advantages was their ability to convert at the free throw line. They were 16-19 (84.2 percent), while the Yellow Jackets were just 2-6 (33.3 percent). This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.

Games including the Blue Devils have a tendency to go over the total (64.3 percent). Duke comes into the contest with records of 13-1 straight up (SU) and 9-5 against the spread (ATS).

Unlike Duke, games involving the Yellow Jackets have typically finished under the O/U total (71.4 percent). Further, Georgia Tech owns records of 7-7 SU and 8-6 ATS.

Georgia Tech might struggle to find the bottom of the net as they face off against one of the nation’s best defenses. Duke ranks 13th in defensive efficiency while the Yellow Jackets rank 327th in offensive efficiency. Additionally, the Blue Devils could control the offensive glass in this showdown as they rank fifth in the NCAA in offensive rebounding percentage at 39.3 percent. The Yellow Jackets, meanwhile, rank 268th at grabbing defensive rebounds with a defensive rebounding percentage of 70.1 percent.

Duke vs. Georgia Tech Pick

Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Duke, ATS Winner – Georgia Tech, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • Duke ranks 10th in rebounds per game (41.8) while Georgia Tech ranks 192nd in rebounds allowed per game (36.6).
  • The Yellow Jackets average 5.3 blocks per game, which ranks 23rd in the nation. The Blue Devils rank 127th in blocks allowed per game (3.9).
  • Duke ranks 199th in three pointers attempted per game (19.9) while Georgia Tech ranks 249th (17.7).
  • The Blue Devils average 9.3 steals per game, which ranks 19th in the country. The Yellow Jackets rank 182nd in steals allowed per game (8.1).
  • Duke ranks 16th in assists per game (16.9) while Georgia Tech ranks 161st (12.6).
  • Duke is 5-0 ATS on the road, while Georgia Tech is 2-4 ATS at home.
  • The Blue Devils have 3 overs and 2 unders in 5 road games.
  • The Yellow Jackets have 5 unders and 1 over in 6 home games.

Bettings Trends:

  • The Blue Devils are 4-1 ATS over their last five games, while the Yellow Jackets are 3-2.
  • In their last five games, Duke has 3 unders and 2 overs, while Georgia Tech has 4 unders and 1 over.
  • During their last five games, the Blue Devils have scored an average of 84.2 points per game (0.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 56.2 points per game (6.2 below their season average).
  • The Yellow Jackets have outscored opponents by an average of 4.2 points in their last five games. On the season, Georgia Tech has been defeated by an average of 0.4 points.