Duke vs. Virginia Betting Odds, Picks, Preview: Will the Run of Overs Continue?
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- Duke and Virginia are set for an enormous ACC showdown on Saturday in Charlottesville.
- Can you trust the unpredictable Blue Devils on the road against the notoriously stingy Virginia defense? Or will the game open up more than expected?
- Our experts offer their full betting analyses with picks below.
Duke at Virginia Odds
- Spread: Duke -3.5
- Over/Under: 124.5
- Time: 6 p.m. ET
- TV: ESPN
Duke is coming off a horrific defensive effort that ended in an overtime loss to Wake Forest. Does Virginia have the offense to take advantage?
Let’s breakdown this game that will be pivotal for ACC Tournament seeding.
How Odds Have Moved
Duke has gotten the majority of bets in this game (63%), but a more even money split has driven the line down from Blue Devils -4 to -3.5. — Steve Petrella
When Duke Has the Ball
The Blue Devils will look to rebound off a double overtime loss at Wake Forest. Duke shot just 26% from long range, but made up for it with a 91% free throw shooting effort. The Blue Devils should avoid fatigue with a deep rotation, ranking 53rd nationally in bench minutes. The slow pace of Virginia may be an advantage for Mike Krzyzewski’s roster.
Virginia plays the slowest tempo of any team in college basketball. Duke had no issues winning by double digits against Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech, two teams that are outside the top 300 in pace of play.