Duke vs. North Carolina Final Four Odds: The Trend to Know Heading into High-Profile Rivalry Matchup

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Via Lance King/Getty Images. Pictured: RJ Davis #4 of the North Carolina Tar Heels moves the ball against the Duke Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 5, 2022 in Durham, North Carolina.

Duke vs. North Carolina Odds

Duke Odds-4
North Carolina Odds+4
DateSaturday, April 2
Time8:49 p.m. ET
Odds via FanDuel. Get up-to-the-minute NCAA basketball odds here.

Every time North Carolina and Duke play each other, it garners interest.

This time the stakes are even higher.

There is no bigger matchup in the history of this rivalry than Saturday night when these two teams go head-to-head in the Final Four.

It will be the first time these two teams have played each other in the NCAA Tournament, and it could be Mike Krzyzewski's last game as the head coach at Duke.

Duke is favored by four points in the clash against North Carolina, and the total is set at 151.

The total is an intriguing number as it is a lower total than the first two matchups between these two teams this season, and both of those games went over.

In the first clash, the total closed at 152.5, and the game finished 87-67 (154 total points). In the second game, they blew the total out of the water. It was set at 153, and the final score was 94-81 (175 total points).

In fact, the total has gone over in the last six matchups between these two teams.

So why is the total lower than the first two games? It's likely due to an expectation of tougher defense and the familiarity of each other's personnel and offensive sets.

The total opened at 150.5 and will likely close around 152 as the public bets roll in on Saturday.

As of Thursday evening, 55% of the bets are on the over. However, it wouldn't be much of a surprise to see sharp action come in on the under as that number continues to rise, and there is already significant money on the under.

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