NCAA Basketball Picks: Georgia Tech vs. Duke

PJ Laferla

Thursday, January 17, 2013 2:15 PM UTC

Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 2:15 PM UTC

If you like ACC action in college basketball betting, you will be treated to a good one tonight, as Georgia Tech and Duke clash on the court tonight in what should be a great battle to beat the betting odds.

ACC Showdown: Georgia Tech at Duke

The 3rd ranked Duke Blue Devils (15-1 SU, 8-6 ATS home) play host tonight, as they welcome in the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (10-5 SU, 0-3 ATS away) in a classic ACC showdown that will have both team gunning for a victory. Let’s choose the team also makes the best attempt to beat the college basketball betting odds.

Tip off in this contest is schedule for 9:00 PM EST from the Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina and can be seen live on national television, with broadcast coverage provided by ESPN.

The odds makers seem to agree on listing Duke as heavy favorites, which justifies them laying -16 ½ points on this sports pick, while the over/under total comes in at 128 ½ points.

Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech comes into this matchup as the only school in the ACC yet to win a conference game this season. So, the team should be extremely motivated to earn a victory against the highly ranked Blue Devils tonight.

The Yellow Jackets offense is shooting 42.1 percent from the field this season, while averaging 65.5 points per game; and the defense has been even better, as they are holding opponents to 57 points per game and only 37 percent shooting from the floor.


Duke will attempt to bounce back from its first loss of the season, a game they dropped on the road to North Carolina State as slim -2 point favorites.

The Blue Devils are scoring an average of 79.1 points per game on 47.8 percent shooting from the field, which has proven to keep their offense consistent all season long. Defensively, they are surrendering nearly 62 points per game (61.9), which ranks 79th in the nation.

Betting Trends

Georgia Tech is only 7-20-1 against the spread in their last 28 games played on the road; and 0-4 ATS in their last four games played overall. They have also failed to cover the point spread in four straight games versus ACC opponents.

The Yellow Jackets have gone over the posted total in five of their last seven games overall.

Duke is just 7-17 against the spread in their last 24 games played at home and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 matchups played on a Thursday. They are only 1-7 against the spread in their last 8 contests versus ACC opponents.

Duke has covered the point spread in seven of their last nine meetings against Georgia Tech on their home floor.

The Blue Devils have kept the final score under the posted total in five of their last seven home games.


The Prediction

Georgia Tech will not be able to keep up with Duke’s fast pace offense on floor and will also struggle at times to score. Expect at least a 20-point margin of victory tonight by the Blue Devils for your basketball betting action.

College Basketball Free Picks: Duke -16 ½ at Bookmaker

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