Don't miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Blue Devils and Hokies. The game is starting at 7:00 ET on ESPN, and it's hosted by the Hokies at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, VA. Get ready to place your bets! Duke come into this Atlantic Coast conference matchup as the -3.5 favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 146.5 points.

DUKE BLUE DEVILS VS VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Virginia Tech Hokies +3.5

This game will be played at Cassell Coliseum at 7:00 ET on Monday, January 29th.

WHY BET THE VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-68 in favor of the Hokies.
  • Not only will Virginia Tech pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +3.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 146.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 142 points.

Will the Blue Devils Come Through as Road Favorites?

Through 19 games, Duke has a 15-4 record and a two-game winning streak. In ACC play, the Blue Devils are 5-2, and they are 10-2 in non-conference games. On the road, Duke is 3-2 this season, and they have won their last two road games.

For the year, the Blue Devils have been favored in 18 of their 19 games, going 14-4 in those contests. Their average scoring margin on the road is +4.4 points per game, and over their last 10 road games, they are 7-3.

As the favorite, Duke has gone just 8-10 against the spread this season. In their last three games as the favorite, the Blue Devils are 0-3 vs. the spread, and they are 0-5 ATS in their last five as the favorite.

So far this season, the over/under record in Duke games is 10-7-1, and today's line of 146.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games of 146.4. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 150 points.

Compared to their season average of 81.2 points per game, Duke struggled in their previous game. Against Clemson, the Blue Devils scored 72 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 41.2%. Kyle Filipowski is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today's matchup with an average of 17.7. Meanwhile, Jeremy Roach also brings a PPG average of 13.8 into the game.

In the current season, the Duke defense has excelled, sitting 76th in the nation by allowing 67.2 points per game. In their most recent game, the Duke defense struggled to defend the three-point line, as Clemson knocked down 9 three-pointers on their way to 71 points.

Can Virginia Tech Lock in a Home Win?

Virginia Tech enters this game as a 3.5-point underdog, and they have a 3-4 record as the underdog this season. They have been much better at home compared to on the road, as they have gone 12-2 at home compared to 1-5 on the road. In their last game, they defeated Georgia Tech by a score of 91-67.

So far this season, the Hokies have gone 13-7 overall, including a 5-4 record in Atlantic Coast Conference play. They have won three straight games, and their average scoring margin at home is +12.6 compared to -7.8 on the road. Over their last 10 games at home, they have gone 8-2.

As the underdog, Virginia Tech has gone 3-4 against the spread this season and has an overall ATS record of 9-9-2. Their ATS mark at home is 8-4-2 and they are 1-1-1 vs. the spread in their last three home games. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Hokies have a 3-7 ATS record.

Virginia Tech's over/under record for the season sits at 9-11, and the average scoring total in their games is 142.9. Today's over/under line of 146.5 is higher than the average OU line in their games this year (143.3). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total is 155 points.

Virginia Tech's offense had a good outing, putting up 91 points against Georgia Tech. They achieved a 55.2% field goal percentage and went 15/17 from the free-throw line. Lynn Kidd led the team in scoring, putting up 18 points. Additionally, Mylyjael Poteat contributed 18 points for the Hokies.

Currently, the Hokies' defense holds the 90th rank in the nation, allowing 68.2 points per game. In their most recent game, the Virginia Tech defense struggled to defend the three-point line, as Georgia Tech knocked down 12 three-pointers on their way to 67 points.