The North Carolina State Wolfpack (20-12, 11-10 ACC) battle against the No. 10 Duke Blue Devils (25-6, 15-5 ACC) in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tourney at Greensboro Coliseum. The game starts at 2:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 12, 2020, and will air on ESPN.
North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. Duke Blue Devils Free Prediction
The last time the Wolfpack played, they defeated the Pittsburgh Panthers, 73-58. North Carolina State’s 0.508 effective field goal percentage was their largest strength over Pittsburgh, who had a mark of 0.383. The Wolfpack’s mark was below their season average of 0.509, while the Panthers’ was below their season average of 0.453. North Carolina State received a boost from C.J. Bryce, who recorded 13 points and 10 rebounds.
The Blue Devils defeated the North Carolina Tar Heels in their last contest, 89-76. Duke was effective at getting to and converting from the charity stripe. The Blue Devils made 29 of their 33 free throws (87.9 percent), while the Tar Heels were just 14-20 (70.0 percent). With 21 points and 11 assists, Tre Jones had a good outing for Duke.
Duke could dominate the offensive glass in this meeting. The Blue Devils currently rank 22nd in offensive rebounding percentage (34.8 percent), while North Carolina State ranks 308th in defensive rebounding percentage (69.1 percent).
North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. Duke Blue Devils Betting Pick
Prediction: ATS Winner – Duke, O/U – Over
Duke ranks 15th in rebounds per game (40.1) while North Carolina State ranks 241st in rebounds allowed per game (37.1).
The Wolfpack rank 53rd in steals per game (7.7) while the Blue Devils rank 201st in steals allowed per game (7.3).
North Carolina State ranks 32nd in blocks per game (4.5) while Duke ranks 164th in blocks allowed per game (3.9).
The Blue Devils rank 23rd in assists per game (15.5) while the Wolfpack rank 108th (13.6).
Duke is eighth in the NCAA with 16.2 three pointers allowed per game while North Carolina State is 52nd with 19.1 three pointers allowed per game.
The Wolfpack’s average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.8, down from 4.9 for the season.
During their last five games, the Blue Devils have scored an average of 83.2 points per game (0.7 above their season average) and allowed an average of 74.8 points per game (6.8 above their season average).