Duke Blue Devils at Gonzaga Bulldogs Betting Preview
26 November 2021
— Friday, November 26th Duke Blue Devils @ Gonzaga Bulldogs
It’s quite the day in college basketball for rivalries, this time between the Duke Blue Devils and Gonzaga Bulldogs. Duke, currently with a 6-0 record, is ranked as the No.5 team in the country.
This week, they’ll take on the No.1 team in all of college basketball, the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Obviously, this game is easily going to be one of the most entertaining of the night.
Gonzaga has been an unstoppable force in college basketball for some time, but especially this season. They’ve rolled over every single team they’ve faced with ease, including the No.2 UCLA.
Now they have Duke in their sights, a team that has given them trouble in the past. Can they do to Duke what they’ve done to everyone else? Or is there an upset brewing on Friday?
Duke Blue Devils, a win here means they took down a titan
Beating Gonzaga will not be an easy task for the Blue Devils, but they won’t shy away either. They have a strong offense, averaging 85.8 points per game, led by Paolo Banchero.
They’ll need an incredible game from Banchero on both sides of the ball. The main key to a Blue Devils victory is playing the best defense they have all year. An incredibly tough task to take on.
The Blue Devils defense allows 61.8 points per game on average. They do, however, get some help considering they’re an underdog here. The Blue Devils come in as +7.5 underdogs but are 2-1-3 against the spread this season.
That kind of record doesn’t inspire much confidence in them to cover the spread on Friday. This is especially true considering who they’re playing.
Gonzaga isn’t worried about the Duke Blue Devils being a threat
As it stands right now, you can’t build a better team than the Gonzaga Bulldogs. They have the second-best offense in the nation, averaging 91.5 points per game.
Their defense allows just 60.2 points per game, and they defeated the No.2 team by twenty points. When it comes to a powerhouse, nobody in college basketball is better. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t lose.
If there was a team to give Gonzaga a problem, it’d be the Duke Blue Devils. Not only does Duke have a fairly good offense, but they also have a defense to match. Gonzaga, however, has played teams like Duke before and easily put them away.
We don’t expect the Bulldogs to run into trouble here, especially because of their elite shooting. The question is, will they cover?
Our Pick for the Duke Blue Devils at Gonzaga Bulldogs
After taking a look at what each of these teams brings to this game, we have to take Gonzaga. The Bulldogs shoot better from the field and from the three-point line. They have a better defense and the second-best offense in college basketball.
They also don’t have a hard time covering large spreads, their game against UCLA was proof of that. Gonzaga was able to beat the No.2 team in the nation by twenty points. We can only imagine how well they’ll do against the No.5 team on Friday.
DunkelIndex Free Betting Pick: Gonzaga Bulldogs -7.5, UNDER
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