The Georgetown Hoyas (4-1) take on the No. 1 Duke Blue Devils (5-0) in the 2k Empire Classic at Madison Square Garden. The game is scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, November 22, 2019.
Georgetown Hoyas vs. Duke Blue Devils Betting Prediction
The Hoyas will be hoping for a similar result after beating the No. 22 Texas Longhorns in their last contest, 82-66. The Hoyas made 21 of their 28 free throws (75.0 percent) and had an offensive rebounding percentage of 39.3 (above their season average of 37.8). James Akinjo had a good outing for Georgetown, recording 14 points, six assists and five rebounds.
The last time the Blue Devils played, they had no trouble getting past the California Golden Bears, 87-52. The Blue Devils, who came into the game averaging an offensive rebounding percentage of 37.4, had an absurd mark of 53.5 and had a turnover percentage of 10.3 (better than their season average of 14.6). Vernon Carey Jr. was the top scorer from either team with 31 points on 11-for-18 shooting from the field.
There could be plenty of transition offense in this showdown that showcases two of the NCAA’s more fast-paced teams. Duke ranks 37th in possessions per game (73.0) and Georgetown is 20th (74.1) dating back to last season. Additionally, the Hoyas, who rank 10th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.292), will face off against the Blue Devils, who rank 16th in opponents’ FTA rate (0.174).
Georgetown Hoyas vs. Duke Blue Devils ATS Pick
Basketball Pick: O/U – Under
Duke ranks 102nd in three pointers allowed per game (21.2) while Georgetown ranks 310th (25.9).