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Duke Blue Devils Vs. Virginia Cavaliers Predictions
Without a doubt, the most interesting game of the weekend in College Basketball will have the Duke Blue Devils looking to sweep the series against the Virginia Cavaliers in an ACC matchup at the John Paul Jones Arena. Virginia has one loss this season, and it was thanks to Duke a few weeks ago. The Cavaliers are proud of that loss. They went into a hostile environment on a Wednesday night, fought hard and lost by only two points. Duke was a 3.5-point favorite that night, and the Cavs managed to cover the spread on the road.
Virginia won their next 4 games following the loss to Duke. Three of those wins against Wake Forest, Notre Dame, and Miami were by double-digits. Only NC State gave them a scare in a 66-65 thriller. The Cavs put together a ten game run a few weeks ago where they covered the spread against any opponent. Although, they have failed to do just that in their last 2 outings. Virginia is 8-3 against the spread when they play at home this season. Duke is about to visit Virginia and then will have to deal with Louisville. I’m sure coach K wants to see how his young team matchup against the Cavaliers on the road. It will tell him a lot about the team’s chances in March Madness.
The Blue Devils will enter Charlottesville with six wins in a row while covering the spread in four of their last five meetings. They thrashed Notre Dame, Saint John’s and Boston College in their previous three outings, winning by more than 20 points each. What Duke knows is they are about to face the best defensive team in the nation when they take on Virginia. What happened a few weeks ago might not be similar to what they will face on Saturday.
The Cavaliers’ defense gets tighter at home. They put a well-known bigger defensive effort whenever they play in front of their crowd. It’s easy to see why this might be the biggest challenge of the season for Zion Williamson and the rest of the Duke’s college stars. I’m taking Virginia’s defensive effort to win this game outright and cover the spread. The Cavs don’t often lose, let alone twice against the same opponent. What’s the play? Virginia.
Money line: -105
Game total: 135.5
Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019
Game Time: 6:00 PM ET
Venue: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA
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