Duke vs Clemson 2020 College Basketball Odds, Game Preview & Pick

Duke vs Clemson 2020 College Basketball Odds, Game Preview & Pick

Written by on January 14, 2020

The Clemson Tigers will look to pull off the huge upset when they host the third-ranked Duke Blue Devils in their ACC conference clash on Tuesday night. With the Tigers looking to build on their most impressive win of the season and the Blue devils looking to extend their winning ways to double digits, let’s find out which team is offering the best value against their NCAAB betting odds.

Duke vs Clemson 2020 College Basketball Odds, Game Preview & Pick

Why Bet On Duke?

Duke has won nine straight since their stunning home loss to Stephen F. Austin on Nov. 26. The Blue Devils routed overmatched Wake Forest 90-59 on Saturday to cover the spread as a whopping 20-point home favorite and have won each of their last five ACC matchups by an average of 25.2 points per game. Point guard Tre Jones led the Blue Devils with a team-high 23 points while shooting 10 of 15 from the field. The win helped the Blue devils improve to a near-perfect 15-1 on the season. As Duke drained a blistering 11-of-23 shots from downtown.

“That was one of the most efficient starts we’ve ever had, really,” Blue Devils freshman guard Cassius Stanley told reporters afterward. “Every time we drove and kick, we got great quality shots, and we made them. It’s everything you want out of an offense.”

Duke is ranked a stellar fourth nationally in scoring (83.8 ppg) while limiting the opposition to just 62.3 points per game defensively to rank 46th nationally in points allowed. The Blue Devils are a perfect 5-0 on the road this season. Freshman center Vernon Carey Jr. leads  Duke in scoring (17.4 ppg).

Team Statistics

  • Average Score For: 83.81
  • Field Goals: 48.87%
  • Three Points: 36.74%
  • Free Throws: 67.45%
  • Rebounds: 40.88
  • Average Score Against: 62.31
  • Field Goals: 40.75%
  • Three Points: 29.37%
  • Free Throws: 62.65%
  • Rebounds: 31.81

Why Bet On Clemson?

Clemson comes into this matchup playing their best basketball of the season. The Tigers have won two straight by taking out NC State 81-70 on Jan. 4, before stunning North Carolina 79-76 in overtime on Saturday to snap a 59-game road losing streak against the Tar Heels, its first win ever in 60 all-time road dates against their longtime ACC conference rivals.

“We’re certainly glad it’s over,” Tigers coach Brad Brownell told the team’s website. “To change the narrative is a good thing. You’ve got to be proud of this team for the way they fought, didn’t give in and made big shots and big plays.”

Aamir Simms led the Tigers in scoring and rebounding by putting up a team-high 20 points on 7 of 13 shooting from the field while pulling down eight rebounds in the thrilling win.

Clemson averages a uninspiring 68.7 points per game to rank a pitiful 253rd nationally in scoring although the Tigers do limit the opposition to just 63.7 points per game defensively to rank 65th nationally in points allowed. Junior forward Aamir Simms leads the team in scoring (13.9 ppg) and rebounds (7.5 rpg). The bad news is that Clemson is just 7-5 at home this season.

Team Statistics

  • Average Score For: 68.73
  • Field Goals: 42.36%
  • Three Points: 32.23%
  • Free Throws: 71.20%
  • Rebounds: 34.27
  • Average Score Against: 63.73
  • Field Goals: 40.38%
  • Three Points: 32.26%
  • Free Throws: 73.06%
  • Rebounds: 35.00

College Basketball Betting Trends for Duke vs Clemson

  • Duke is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 games
  • Duke is 9-0 SU in the last 9 games
  • The total went OVER in 10 of Duke’s last 15 games
  • Clemson is 6-3 ATS in the last 9 games at home
  • Clemson is 3-6 SU in the last 9 games
  • The total went OVER in 4 of Clemson’s last 5 games played in January

Duke vs Clemson Expert Analysis and Prediction

The Duke Blue Devils might be the far better offensive team in this matchup, but Clemson has a fantastic defense and the Tigers are definitely coming into this matchup with some serious confidence after stunning North Carolina this past weekend.

While the Blue Devils have gone 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall, Clemson has gone a near-perfect 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games. I know the Tigers are also a dismal 3-12 in their last 15 home games against Duke and while I’m definitely not picking Clemson for the outright win, I do like the Tigers to cover the chalk as a double-digit home dog!

Pick: Duke 77 Clemson 71