Against The Spread Pick
The Duke Blue Devils roll into the Carrier Dome looking to avoid a major upset by the hungry Syracuse Orange. Duke has rebounded from their two-straight losses in ACC play with a pair of wins over Miami and Pittsburgh. The last game being all too close, as the Blue Devils have failed to cover the spread in four of their last six. Syracuse came up just short in their previous game, as the Clemson Tigers outlasted them by a mere point. The Orange are 6-0 ATS in their last six games. Duke is 2-1 in their last three head-to-head meetings with Syracuse. The Orange covered the spread in two of those three games. In a match-up with a six-point spread, Syracuse will likely make this a really tough match-up for Duke. In the battle of the zones, Duke will likely escape with a win, but backing Syracuse to cover six-points is the right call.
Over Under Pick
Duke is currently top-five in the country in scoring with an average of nearly 83 points per game. Syracuse hasn’t been a slouch in that category either. Two of the last three head-to-head meetings between the Blue Devils and Orange have resulted in totals over 146 points. One of which saw both teams explode for over 90 points. In their last game at the Carrier Dome, the teams held each other below 80 points, as Duke got a 75-65 victory. Both teams have leaned heavily on the over this season, and with this game, a likely shootout, backing an over 148-point total is a must.