Duke Blue Devils vs. Florida State Seminoles Free Prediction 01/12/19

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The top-ranked Duke Blue Devils (13-1, 2-0 ACC) head to Donald L. Tucker Center to go head-to-head with the 13th-ranked Florida State Seminoles (13-2, 1-1 ACC). The Blue Devils will try to prolong their eight-game winning streak. The game starts at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 12, 2019, and will air on ESPN.

Duke Blue Devils vs. Florida State Seminoles ATS Odds

Both teams were victorious in their last game. The Seminoles defeated the Miami (FL) Hurricanes 68-62, while the Blue Devils had no trouble getting past the Wake Forest Demon Deacons 87-65.

The Blue Devils had an extraordinary effective field goal percentage of 0.637 (above their season average of 0.550) and had an offensive rebounding percentage of 41.9 (above their season average of 39.4). Meanwhile, Florida State played a nearly perfect game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 32.4 (below their season average of 36.5) and a turnover percentage of 11.4 (better than their season average of 18.0). Miami (FL) put up marks of 22.9 and 15.9, respectively, for those same stats. David Nichols fueled Florida State with 13 points. Duke was lifted by Zion Williamson, who finished with 30 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

The Blue Devils won the only contest between these two teams last year, 100-93. Duke had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (46.9 vs. 23.1). Florida State, meanwhile, did an excellent job of getting to and converting from the charity stripe (16-22; 72.7 percent). This is the first time these teams will meet this year.

It might be an error-filled game for the Florida State offense. Florida State ranks 271st in the nation in ball protection (turnover percentage of 20.6 percent), while the ball-hawking defense of Duke forces the 44th-most turnovers in the NCAA (22.9 percent).

Duke Blue Devils at Florida State Seminoles Odds Pick

College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Duke, ATS Winner – Florida State, O/U – Over

Betting Notes:

  • Duke ranks eighth in assists per game (18.5) while Florida State ranks 161st (12.5).
  • The Blue Devils rank first in blocks per game (8.2) while the Seminoles rank 69th (3.7).
  • Duke ranks 86th in three pointers attempted per game (24.4) while Florida State ranks 102nd in three pointers allowed per game (21.7).
  • The Seminoles rank 30th in rebounds allowed per game (31.3) while the Blue Devils rank 142nd (35.4).
  • Florida State ranks 24th in steals per game (8.6) while Duke ranks 99th in steals allowed per game (6.4).

Bettings Trends:

  • The Blue Devils’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 27.2, up from 26.8 for the season.
  • During their last five games, the Seminoles have scored an average of 76.6 points per game (1.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 68.6 points per game (0.9 above their season average).