The No. 2 Duke Blue Devils (11-1, 1-0 ACC) put their five-game winning streak on the line when they square off with the Boston College Eagles (8-5, 2-0 ACC) at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The game can be seen on ACC Network at 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 31, 2019.
Boston College Eagles vs. Duke Blue Devils Free Prediction
The last time the Eagles played, they defeated the California Golden Bears, 64-60. Getting to the charity stripe was one of Boston College’s largest advantages. They made 28 trips to the line, while California went 19 times. With 18 points on 5-for-10 shooting, Jairus Hamilton was Boston College’s leading scorer.
The Blue Devils dismantled the Brown Bears in their last outing, 75-50. The Blue Devils forced 18 turnovers and had an offensive rebounding percentage of 45.0 (above their season average of 38.3). Vernon Carey Jr. was the top scorer from either team with 19 points on 8-for-13 shooting from the field.
After the Blue Devils won the sole game against the Eagles last season, 80-55, this will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Blue Devils had a much better turnover percentage (8.6 vs. 18.7) and had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (35.0 vs. 17.1).
The offensive glass should be a huge advantage for Duke in this meeting. The Blue Devils currently rank sixth in offensive rebounding percentage (38.9 percent), while Boston College ranks 275th in defensive rebounding percentage (69.6 percent). Furthermore, the 309th-ranked offense of the Eagles (offensive efficiency of 94.4) will go head-to-head against the 17th-ranked defense of the Blue Devils (defensive efficiency of 86.9).
Boston College Eagles vs. Duke Blue Devils Odds Pick
Prediction: ATS Winner – Duke, O/U – Over
Duke ranks 11th in rebounds per game (41.7) while Boston College ranks 238th in rebounds allowed per game (39.0).
The Blue Devils rank eighth in three pointers allowed per game (16.1) while the Eagles rank 134th (22.2).
Duke ranks fifth in blocks per game (6.7) while Boston College ranks 128th (2.7).
The Blue Devils average 9.3 steals per game, which ranks 22nd in the country. The Eagles rank 140th in steals allowed per game (7.2).
Duke ranks 32nd in assists per game (16.2) while Boston College ranks 111th (13.6).
The Eagles’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 5.4, up from 2.2 for the season.
During their last five games, the Blue Devils have scored an average of 81.6 points per game (1.3 below their season average) and allowed an average of 63.0 points per game (0.6 below their season average).