#1 Duke Beginning Rugged ACC Conference Play at Boston College on Saturday

Kevin Stott

Saturday, December 9, 2017 3:31 PM UTC

Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 3:31 PM UTC

ACC Conference play tips off early on Saturday when Marvin Bagley III and top-ranked Duke face Boston College at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill in a game which sees the Blue Devils as predictable large Road chalks.

Odds Overview

#1-ranked Duke head north to Conte Forum and Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts to face Boston College as the two teams begin rugged ACC Conference play on Saturday afternoon in Chestnut Hill. Offshore sportsbooks have opened Duke up as 15-point Favorites with the Total set at 162.

Duke Blue Devils

Duke heads into ACC Conference play feeling good, with Freshman sensation Marvin Bagley III saying the Blue Devils are “...just getting started” after he scored 21 Points and grabbed 11 Rebounds in a 124-67 blowout of St. Francis (PA) on Tuesday night at Home in Durham as Duke scored 71 points in the 1st Half and moved to 11-0 and 7-4 ATS. A good thing for Duke heading into ACC play, nine Bench players all saw Playing Time. Duke shot 57.7% from 3-Point Land (15-36) and went 48-for-80 (60%) from the field overall against Northeast Conference member St. Francis (PA).

Duke is 1-6-1 ATS its L8 Saturday games and 8-17-1 ATS its L26 following an ATS Win but the Blue Devils are 12-3-1 ATS their L16 overall and 7-0-1 ATS the L8 vs. Teams with Home Winning Records (BC 4-0 at Home).

Boston College Eagles

Boston College will work hard to try to slow the Pace in this game right from the start, as with emerging stars Bagley III and Trent Jr. starting to get used to playing with each other, a fast-paced run-and-gun Offense will be fine with Coach K, especially with Allen and other capable of having 20+ nights of their own. Defense, Home-court Advantage and controlling Pace may be the only way for teams to defeat Duke this year, and Boston College Head Coach Jim Christian will chirp that mantra all day today and early Saturday morning before the Eagles’ ACC season tips off against the top team in the land and on national TV. Comb your hair Maynard. In their last, unlined game against Hartford last Friday, Boston College won 73-61 after leading the Hawks by just 1 at Halftime (BC 31-30). BC Starters Nik Popovic (13 points, 11 Rebounds), Steffon Mitchell (2 points), Ky Bowman (21 points), Jordan Chatman (14 points) and Jerome Robinson (23 points) scored all 73 points for the Eagles, with the Bench adding 0 in 29 minutes of Playing Time between 4 players who mustered just 2 Rebounds and an Assist in their time on the hardwood.

So, Duke’s Bench seems to be miles ahead of Boston College’s in terms of Depth,Talent and productivity. The Trends show Boston College is 0-6 ATS its L6 Saturday games, 0-5 ATS the L5 vs. the ACC and 1-8 ATS the L9 vs. Teams with Winning Records. The Eagles—who are without Deontae Hawkins—are also 1-6 ATS their L7 vs. Teams with Records Above .600 and 1-8 ATS in their L9 games overall, so everything point to taking the Blue Devils here who’ll be dancing with Jing-Tinglers tied onto their sneakers in Beantown.

Duke Has Gotten the Money Lately in Series, Blue Devils Overs Are a Profitable 9-0 This Season Heading In Here

The series Trends show Duke is 4-1 ATS the L5 meeting while the Over went a money-churning 5-0 in the Totals market over that span. The Overs is 24-8-1 the L33 Blue Devils games overall and 8-0 the L8 Duke games playing a team with a Winning percentage higher than .600 and 4-0 the L4 times it has won a game by 20 points or more. And a huge thing for Totals bettors: All 9 Duke games have gone Over the Total and the Over is 13-3 the L16 Duke Road dribbles.

Logic says don’t try to get cute and stand in front of moving freight trains, and that’s what we have here both in the Sides and Totals market. Duke is finding its groove and after a fresh group of kids poured 124 points in their last game, expecting or hoping for the opponent, even at Home, to slow the Blue Devils roll simply seems like wishful thinking although Boston College should give it a hard go for the first 30 minutes. But the Eagles have already lost to three bigger conference opponents (NEB, PROV, TT) so this one might be just a matter of not getting too embarrassed to early in the season.

FINAL SCORE PREDICTION: Duke 97 Boston College 69Free NCAAB Picks: Duke -15 & Over 162 Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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