Duke Vs. North Carolina Predictions – ACC Tournament Picks
Duke Blue Devils Vs. North Carolina Predictions
There was a reason everybody was waiting for Zion Williamson to come back. He’s amazing, and he gets another chance to prove it tonight when Duke takes on North Carolina in the ACC Tournament semifinals. A month after getting injured in one of the weirdest fashions, Zion Williamson came back to the court to hammer the Syracuse Orange in the ACC quarterfinals.
There was no rust on his game; instead, he looked sharp and nearly unstoppable. Williamson had 29 points going 13-13 from the field while adding 14 rebounds as Duke beat Cuse 84-72. The 13 of 13 from the field tied an Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament record. Five of those field goals were electrifying dunks. “And I mean he’s a crazy different type of player. There aren’t guys like him”, said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim after the loss.
Duke covered the spread as an 11.5-point favorite against Syracuse. But now they will have a bigger task against a team that has beaten twice this season already. Williamson wasn’t on the court on either of the two losses and that what makes this game so exciting to watch. North Carolina doesn’t care about the hype surrounding Duke and Williamson. The Tar Heels are a team very much in form, winning eight games in a row, including two against the Blue Devils. Since 2019 started, NC has posted an insane 17-2 straight up record. Their only two losses were a fluke game against Louisville and a home defeat against Virginia, who is safe to say, is quite good.
The Tar Heels had no problem beating Louisville in the ACC quarterfinals last night with an 83-70 result. North Carolina is in a form where they are not allowing weaker teams to get into an upset position. They control games from start to finish, and that’s the blueprint of a great team. Against the Duke, they did just that. The Blue Devils are not the same without Zion sidelined, and North Carolina knew it. That’s why they hammered them. In the first game where the Williamson’s shoe incident happened, they were 10-point dogs. They ended winning outright by a 16-point difference. In their meeting early this month, NC was a 4.5-point favorite at home and delivered again by winning by nine.
What we get to see on Friday night are two of the best teams; plain and simple. But the difference between the first two meetings and this one is the return of Zion. He’s kind of a big deal and what he showed against Syracuse backs up all the hype. With Zion in the lineup, Duke improves in rebounds and shot percentage. Both departments are highly significant in a game between title caliber teams. What’s the play? Duke -3.
Spread: Duke -3
Money line: -170
Game total: 164
Date: Friday, March 15, 2019
Game time: 8:00 PM ET
Venue: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
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