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Duke Blue Devils vs. Pittsburgh Panthers ATS Pick

Time: 7:00 PM EST Monday January 27, 2014, ESPN / WatchESPN

Location: Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Pittsburgh Panthers host the Duke Blue Devils in an ACC conference match up.

In their last games:

Duke did not shoot the ball well overall in their win 78-56 over Florida State and did not play great defense, but made 8 of their 20 3-pointers and shot 34 free throws in the east win, which was Mike Krzyzewski’s 900th as head coach.

Pittsburgh shot 51% from the floor in their win 83-79 over Maryland and one key to the game was that they got to the foul line 47 times making 34 free throws.

This is the first ACC meeting between these 2 teams since this is Pitt’s first year in the conference after coming over from the Big East.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

Pitt is 12-0 at home this season, but they lost their only game this season facing a ranked team.

Duke is only 1-2 facing ranked teams this season, but is riding a 4-game winning streak.

Pitt is 2nd in the ACC behind Duke (81.6) in ppg (76.4) and first in field goal percentage (48.8) and assists (17.0).

Betting Odds
Point Spread: Pittsburgh -4
Over/Under Total: 139.5

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Duke Blue Devils: 16-4 SU 12-8 ATS
Pittsburgh Panthers: 18-2 SU 7-9-1 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• DUKE is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
• DUKE is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. win.
• DUKE is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
• PITT is 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a S.U. win.
• PITT is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games.
• PITT has an Under record of 5-1 in their last 6 games.

Sagarin Power Rankings
Pittsburgh Panthers: 89.28
Duke Blue Devils: 90.43

Key Player Injuries
Blue Devils
[G] 01/26/2014 – Quinn Cook Prob Monday (Ankle)
[F] 12/06/2013 – Alex Murphy expected to transfer (Undisclosed)

[F] 01/12/2014 – Durand Johnson out for season (Knee)

Point Spread Pick

Duke got their first road win on the season last week destroying Miami as a 4 point dog. They find themselves in the same position line wise tonight against the Panthers. However, beating Pittsburgh on their home court is an entirely different thing. The Panthers have one of the largest edges in shooting percentage over their opponents in the nation and have been destroying teams who have ventured into the Petersen Events Center.
Take the Pittsburgh Panthers -3.5.

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