Syracuse Orange at Duke Blue Devils Betting Preview
The Duke Blue Devils host the Syracuse Orange on Monday night for a crucial game in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Both of these teams are trying to build up an NCAA Tournament resume, and a win on Monday night would help the case.
Syracuse brings a 13-6 overall record into this game, and they have gone 7-5 in ACC action. The Orange have now won two straight games, but they still have some work to do to reach the NCAA Tournament.
Duke is currently on the outside looking in, but they have won three games to begin to turn things around. The Blue Devils are just 10-8 on the season and have gone 8-6 in ACC games.
The Duke Blue Devils are a five-point favorite over the Syracuse Orange on Monday night.
Syracuse Getting Some Stops
The Syracuse Orange have been playing great on the defensive end of the floor of late, and it has led to their current three-game winning streak. Syracuse has plenty of length in that 2-3 zone, and they will make things difficult for the Duke perimeter players.
Syracuse is averaging 76.5 points per game, and they can be a tough team to beat when they are making shots. Buddy Boeheim poured in 29 points in the most recent game as Syracuse was able to rally from a huge deficit.
Boeheim is one of three players averaging 15.2 points per game this season, but there isn’t a ton of depth on this roster. Syracuse shoots just 33 percent from the three-point line, but they aren’t afraid to shoot them in a hurry.
Blue Devils Building Momentum
The Duke Blue Devils have been playing great basketball of late, and it has come after Jalen Johnson has decided to opt-out of the season. Duke is scoring 75.6 points per game while allowing 71.2, but those numbers have been improving over the last week.
Forward Matthew Hurt leads the team with 18.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, and he made plenty of big shots in the upset win over Virginia. DJ Steward has chipped in with nearly 13 points per game, and it will be up to Steward to set the tone for the offense.
Duke does not have a ton of size, and they aren’t a very deep team. The Blue Devils do have the ability to shoot it well from deep, and that will likely play a huge role in this matchup.
Duke Dominates Orange in ACC Showdown
After knocking off the Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday night, the Duke Blue Devils should have plenty of momentum coming into this game. This game features a pair of legendary coaches, but Coach K has the better roster in this game.
It could take Duke some time to figure out the 2-3 zone from Syracuse, and that could allow the Orange to keep this game close for a half. The Blue Devils will eventually figure this one out as they are able to roll to a victory.
Bet the Duke Blue Devils -5.0 over the Syracuse Orange.
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