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Syracuse Orange vs. Duke Blue Devils Betting Line Prediction

Time: 6 PM EST Saturday February 22, 2014, ESPN

Location: Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, North Carolina

The 5th ranked Duke Blue Devils host the top-ranked Syracuse Orange in an ACC match up.

In their last games: Duke lost to North Carolina 74-66 and Syracuse lost to Boston College 62-59 in OT.

In their loss to North Carolina Duke fell apart in the 2nd half being outscored by 15 points.

Syracuse was outscored by 8 points in the 2nd half in their big upset loss to Boston College, but the main reason they lost is that they only shot 32.3% from the floor.

Earlier this season at Syracuse the Orange beat the Blue Devils 91-89 in OT.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

Syracuse is coming off their first loss of the season and they and Virginia only have one loss in ACC play.

Syracuse has the nation’s 7th ranked defense only giving up an average of 58.3 ppg. They have to play good D to win, as they only rank 231st in the nation in scoring.

The Orange are ½ game back of Virginia in the conference and they still have to face the Cavaliers on the road.

Betting Odds

Point Spread: – Duke -6
Total Line: 134
Money Line: Blue Devils -260 / Orange +220

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Syracuse Orange: 25-1 SU 13-8-1 ATS
Duke Blue Devils: 21-6 SU 17-10 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• CUSE is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games.
• CUSE is 13-6-1 ATS in their last 20 games overall.
• CUSE has an Under record of 13-3-1 in their last 17 games.
• DUKE is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
• DUKE is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games.
• DUKE has an Over record of 6-2 in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.

Sagarin Power Rankings
Syracuse Orange: 89.24
Duke Blue Devils: 90.58

Key Player Injuries

Blue Devils
F] 12/06/2013 – Alex Murphy expected to transfer ( Undisclosed )

Orange
[F] 01/24/2014 – DaJuan Coleman out for season ( Knee )

Point Spread Pick:

We are a little concerned about a team who shoots 32.3% and 35.2% from the field in their last two. That being said, the Blue Devils are not actually shooting the lights out themselves; failing to reach 70 points in 3 straight. We also feel that the linesmaker may be over playing the Orange’s recent stagnant play. This very same Syracuse team beat Duke 91-89 on the first day of this month and sure you can expect Duke to have the edge at home, but the visitor is not going to lie down here. Many teams have a letdown after their first loss of the season so we’re only going to make this a lean.
Lean to the Syracuse Orange +6
Bet this game at and Lay -105 instead of -110 on this game!

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