Penn State Nittany Lions at Duquesne Dukes Betting Prediction 12/19/18

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An eight-game home winning streak is on the line for the Duquesne Dukes (8-2) when they clash with the Penn State Nittany Lions (5-5) at PPG Paints Arena. The game can be seen on CBS Sports Network at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 19, 2018.

Penn State Nittany Lions at Duquesne Dukes ATS Odds

Both teams defeated their last opponent. The Dukes defeated the William & Mary Tribe 84-70, while the Nittany Lions beat the North Florida Ospreys 87-72.

The Nittany Lions had a much better free throw rate (0.439 vs. 0.203) and had a better effective field goal percentage (0.544 vs. 0.461). Meanwhile, Duquesne’s 11.9 turnover percentage was their largest advantage over William & Mary, who had a mark of 19.8. Austin Rotroff led the way for Duquesne, contributing 17 points and seven rebounds. Penn State, meanwhile, rallied around Lamar Stevens, who recorded 22 points and 10 rebounds.

Stevens has taken his game to another level recently for Penn State, averaging 0 points over the last five games.

It might be an error-filled game for the Duquesne offense. Duquesne ranks 298th in the nation in ball protection (turnover percentage of 21.2 percent), while the gambling defense of Penn State forces the 53rd-most turnovers in the country (22.1 percent).

Penn State vs. Duquesne ATS Pick

College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Duquesne, ATS Winner – Penn State, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • Duquesne ranks 39th in assists per game (15.8) while Penn State ranks 183rd (12.1).
  • The Dukes rank 35th in three pointers attempted per game (26.7) while the Nittany Lions rank 85th (24.1).
  • Penn State averages 36.6 rebounds per game, which ranks 117th in the nation. Duquesne ranks 126th in rebounds allowed per game (35.1).
  • The Dukes average 8.9 steals per game, which ranks 14th in the country. The Nittany Lions rank 123rd in steals allowed per game (6.7).
  • Duquesne ranks 42nd in blocks per game (4.3) while Penn State ranks 119th (2.9).

Bettings Trends:

  • The Nittany Lions’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 8.6, up from 3.5 for the season.
  • During their last five games, the Dukes have scored an average of 76.2 points per game (1.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 72.0 points per game (3.0 above their season average).