Boston College at Duke odds, picks and predictions

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The Boston College Eagles (5-3, 0-0 ACC) and No. 16 Duke Blue Devils (7-2, 0-0) will battle Saturday in Durham. The contest at Cameron Indoor Stadium - the ACC opener for both sides - will begin at 4 p.m. ET (ACC Network). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook's lines around the Boston College vs. Dukeodds, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.

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Boston College is coming off an 88-67 loss at Nebraska Wednesday as a 5.5-point underdog. The Eagles allowed the Cornhuskers to shoot 61.5% to clear that bar easily. That game marked the Eagles' true road debut this season.

The Blue Devils covered a 5-point spread in a hard-fought 81-72 home win over No. 25 Ohio State Wednesday. The Buckeyes shot 47.3% to become just the 2nd foe to break the 45% barrier against a Duke defense that has allowed just 58.7 points per game (27th).

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Boston College at Duke odds

Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 8:30 a.m. ET.

  • Moneyline: Boston College +800 (bet $100 to win $800) | Duke -1800 (bet $1,800 to win $100)
  • Against the spread (ATS): Boston College +17.5 (-115) | Duke -17.5 (-105)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 129.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)

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Boston College at Duke picks and predictions


Duke 70, Boston College 55


Lots of room for error here - and more on our end as bettors than with the book. AVOID.

Against the spread

Boston College hosted Duke last season, and the Eagles kept the Devils from covering a 13.5-point spread in a 72-61 setback on Feb. 12. BC did trail by 20 late in that game, but it also registered a few similar game results against Quadrant 1 opponents.

The Eagles are a slight lean but not worth a partial-unit play unless the price on 17.5 evened out to -110 or better.



There is an Under lean to this series as 5 of the last 6 meetings have ended that way, but both of these teams are capable of better shooting nights than they have thus far displayed.

Neither is in the top 250 in effective field-goal percentage. Mix some progression in those numbers with reasonable expectations for a decent amount of turnover/transition ball and some easy put-backs after offensive rebounds for DU, and the OVER 129.5 (-110) has value.

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