Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Tigers vs Blue Devils CBB Odds
Looking for Clemson Tigers vs. Duke Blue Devils NCAA basketball free picks & CBB odds? CBB betting sees the Tigers taking on the Blue Devils on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at the Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, North Carolina. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all college basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily NCAA hoops predictions like this Tigers Blue Devils matchup.
Clemson Tigers vs. Duke Blue Devils
Date: Saturday, January 5, 2019
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, North Carolina
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Duke -16
CBB Betting Total: 151.5
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It speaks volumes about Duke’s 2018-19 dominance, that, despite Clemson being one of the better clubs in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Duke has over a 90% win likelihood on Saturday night, according to ESPN. Indeed, the Blue Devils should start conference play out rolling with a victory in their raucous Cameron Stadium.
The Dookies have a unique package of gifts this year that more than befits the holiday season; the visiting Tigers should simply be the first ACC team that suffers from Duke’s wrath.
Clemson have enjoyed an impressive little campaign so far, already putting 10 wins into the bank to go with just three losses. With the basketball resurgence for the representatives of South Carolina, the Tigers really are turning into a sports powerhouse – what with the football team playing Alabama for the national title seemingly every year.
This season’s hoopsters are led by senior guard Marcquise Reed, who leads the team in scoring (20.1 PPG) and is shooting nearly 49% from the field – truly impressive for a guard. Shelton Mitchell, Elijah Thomas and Aamir Simms also chip in with double-digit scoring.
The fact is, that despite an impressive 10-3 non-conference record, the ACC is so stacked that the Tigers are just in the middle of the pack going into conference play. ACC basketball should be attritional like every season, with the boys from Duke doing the majority of the slaying.
Clemson is only middle of the pack nationally in terms of points against, which doesn’t bode well when travelling to the unfriendly confines of Durham to face Duke’s uber-explosive offense. Expect the basket to be filled plenty in this game on Saturday night.
Duke Blue Devils
It’s hard to do anything other than parrot what people have already said about Duke, just 13 games into this season. This is an elite team fronted by an historic crop of freshmen that should all have promising NBA careers. The stars, clearly, are Canadian R.J. Barrett and athletic wunderkind Zion Williamson – which fans of the college and pro game alike have already drooled over.
Williamson combines size and speed like you might see a couple of times every generation, while Barrett is a true scorer, not unlike someone like Duke alum Kyrie Irving.
The Devils actually have a loss on the ledger, which came in a narrow 89-87 fashion against Gonzaga. The Dookies have already performed a steamrolling of #2-ranked Kentucky, in which they really flexed their muscle as the premier program in the country. ‘Coach K’ (Mike Krzyzewski) just never goes away, much to the chagrin of everyone that isn’t a Duke basketball fan.
Expect Barrett, Williamson, and point guard facilitator Tre Jones (also a freshman) to light up the scoreboard in bumping Cameron on Saturday night, en route to an easy despatching of the orange-and-purple clad visitors from the Palmetto State.
Free Clemson Tigers vs. Duke Blue Devils NCAAB Prediction:
The Blue Devils have simply too much length, athleticism and yes, talent for Clemson to keep up. Despite the Tigers acquitting themselves well so far on the year, a harsh reality check should come on the road on Saturday night in the first match-up of the new year.
Clemson’s Reed will likely get his points, but both Barrett and Zion could eclipse 20 points apiece, and the depth of the supremely-recruited Duke will shine through on its home court. Expect a Duke win in relatively easy fashion.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Duke by 11
Just take an opportunity to enjoy a bundle of elite talent, before it disappears to the NBA before you know it.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Duke 91 – Clemson 80
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