North Carolina State vs Duke NCAAB Odds & Expert Prediction.

North Carolina State vs Duke NCAAB Odds & Expert Prediction

Written by on February 15, 2019

Could be a bit of a letdown game for No. 2 Duke on Saturday as the Blue Devils come off arguably the greatest comeback in school history when they host NC State. Still, oddsmakers have the Blue Devils as sizable College Basketball betting favorites.

How to Bet North Carolina State vs Duke NCAAB Odds & Game Info

  • When: Saturday, 6 PM ET
  • Where: Cameron Indoor Stadium
  • TV: ESPN
  • Live Stream: WatchESPN
  • NCAAB Odds: TBA

Season Series

First and only scheduled meeting. Last year, they played only once and NC State pulled off the 96-85 home upset. Omer Yurtseven had 16 points while Torin Dorn hit two huge 3-pointers in the final 2 minutes. N.C. State erased an 11-point first-half lead to take a 43-41 lead at the break, then shot 55 percent after halftime and never trailed.

Yurtseven and Dorn (16 points) led six players in double figures for N.C. State, which finished with a 34-32 advantage on the boards. Duke made just 3 of 15 3-point attempts and committed 16 turnovers leading to 22 points for N.C. State.

Why Bet on NC State?

NC State has followed a three-game skid with back-to-back wins. It was 73-58 over Syracuse on Wednesday. N.C. State shot 64 percent in the second half, pushing its lead into double figures to stay with a 14-0 run midway through the half keyed by Braxton Beverly.

The Orange couldn’t hit the side of a barn as it was 5 of 25 from 3-point range and made just 11 of 22 free throws — only once all season has Syracuse been worse from the line. The Orange fell to 0-6 against power-conference opponents when its overall shooting percentage was in the 30s.

Braxton Beverly shot 4-of-8 from behind the arc to tie his career high with 21 points to lead the Pack in scoring. Torin Dorn posted his fifth double-double of the season and third in conference play with 16 points and a season-high 12 rebounds. DJ Funderburk’s 12 points rounded out double-digit scoring for the Pack. The 15-point victory margin is the most by the Wolfpack against an ACC opponent this season. NC State shot 14-22 (.636) in the final 20 minutes of action as it posted its best second-half shooting percentage in conference play this season.

The Pack played great defense in holding the Orange to just 35 percent shooting. Syracuse’s 58 points marked the first time NC State has held an ACC opponent to under 60 points in a victory since the team’s 76-58 win over Notre Dame on Feb. 3, 2018. NC State assisted on 19 of its 24 made field goals, the 14th time this season that it has assisted on at least half of its converted shots.

Team Stats

  • Total Score: 81.76
  • Field Goal Percentage: 47.10
  • Three-Point Percentage: 36.75
  • Free Throw Percentage: 70.24
  • Total Rebounds: 38.68


  • Total Score: 69.96
  • Field Goal Percentage: 43.58
  • Three-Point Percentage: 29.92
  • Free Throw Percentage: 69.46
  • Total Rebounds: 33.12

Why Bet on Duke?

When you are down 23 points with under 10 minutes to go in a game, NBA or college, you lose. Not Duke on Tuesday at Louisville.

Duke had 36 points in the first 30½ minutes against the Cards, who led by 23 with just over nine minutes left. Yet the Blue Devils won 71-69 for one of the most unlikely victories in school history. It was the biggest comeback by Duke since it erased a 31-point deficit in the second half against Tulane in 1950.

Duke scored almost as many points in the final 9:04 as it did in the first 30:56. The Blue Devils forced 13 second-half turnovers by the Cardinals, turning them into 15 points. Duke scored 18 transition points in the second half after totaling only four in the first half.

North Carolina State vs Duke should be an easy victory for the Blue Devils.

As usual, the Blue Devils rode their freshmen. Superstar Zion Williamson, despite foul trouble, scored 14 points in the second half. Cam Reddish scored 16, including the go-ahead free throws with 14 seconds left. Williamson and Reddish combined for 27 of Duke’s final 35 points.

The Blue Devils improved to 10-1 in ACC play, their best start to an ACC season since beginning the 2010-11 season 12-1 in conference play. Duke is now 6-0 ACC road games this season, its best start on the road since going undefeated on the road in ACC play in 2011-12.

Duke and Tennessee are the only remaining undefeated teams in road games this season. Duke is now an NCAA-leading 7-1 this season in games versus AP Top 25 opponents (Kansas is 7-2), including 6-1 in games away from Cameron Indoor Stadium. Williamson finished with a game-high 27 points and 12 rebounds for his 10th double-double this season. It is the 11th 25-point game for Williamson this season, to extend the Duke freshman record. Reddish scored 22 points for his sixth 20-point game this season. He is averaging 18.4 points over the last five games.

Team Stats

  • Total Score: 86.12
  • Field Goal Percentage: 48.40
  • Three-Point Percentage: 31.62
  • Free Throw Percentage: 68.00
  • Total Rebounds: 42.08


  • Total Score: 65.62
  • Field Goal Percentage: 38.71
  • Three-Point Percentage: 29.67
  • Free Throw Percentage: 69.55
  • Total Rebounds: 35.42

NC State vs Duke NCAAB Betting Trends

  • North Carolina State is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
  • North Carolina State is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of North Carolina State’s last 6 games
  • Duke is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing North Carolina State
  • Duke is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games when playing North Carolina State
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Duke’s last 5 games when playing North Carolina State

Expert NCAAB Betting Prediction

Duke might be flat off that amazing comeback. Take the points.
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