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Pitt vs. Duke Odds, Expert Picks | College Basketball Betting Guide (Wednesday, Jan. 11)

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  • The Duke Blue Devils are solid home favorites in Wednesday night's ACC matchup with the Pitt Panthers.
  • While Pitt has surprised many, it may struggle going up against the Blue Devils and their stud big man, Kyle Filipowski.
  • Continue reading for a full breakdown of this matchup, including a betting pick.

Pitt vs. Duke Odds

Wednesday, Jan. 11
7 p.m. ET
ACC Network
Pitt Odds
Spread Total Moneyline
+8.5
-110
141.5
-110o / -110u
+300
Duke Odds
Spread Total Moneyline
-8.5
-110
141.5
-110o / -110u
-385
Odds via FanDuel. Get up-to-the-minute college basketball odds here.

The Duke Blue Devils host the Pitt Panthers in a key ACC matchup on Wednesday evening.

It has been a rocky start for the Blue Devils in conference play. They are 3-2 in their first five games, and the two losses were eye-opening.

However, they have the opportunity to build their resume against a surging Pitt team. The Panthers have been rolling early on as they’ve racked up victories over North Carolina and Virginia.

This relatively early matchup is pivotal as both teams are a game back in the ACC, but it may weigh even heavier for Duke as their aspirations could take a big hit.

So with the scene set, let’s break down this matchup between the Pittsburgh Panthers and the Duke Blue Devils to find our best bet.


The Pitt Panthers have become a dynamic team through the transfer portal. It all starts with Blake Hinson.

The 6-foot-7 forward has come over from Ole Miss and made a huge impact. Through 16 games, he’s leading the team in scoring and rebounding.

He has formed a dynamic duo with Jamarius Burton. The senior guard has also been a stats sheet stuffer but has displayed precision from beyond the arc.

It will be interesting to see how the Panthers attack this Duke team. The Blue  Devils have elite size, but their big men are not rim protectors. They are athletic and can fend for themselves on the perimeter.

The three-ball has been a big part of the Panthers’ attack, as it’s accounted for more than 35 percent of their points. However, Duke’s been excellent at contesting outside shots, and a rank of 25th in 3-point percentage allowed shows that.

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Duke Blue Devils

While Duke may only have four losses on its record, it’s clear there have been issues on the offensive end of the floor. The Blue Devils have a very different style than in years past, which has impacted their ability to have multiple contributors.

The offense is centered around freshman big man Kyle Filipowski. The seven-footer is very athletic, has excellent touch around the rim and has proven to be a vacuum on the boards.

Although the issue with playing around a big man who has failed to stretch the floor is that there is not enough space for others to create. Jeremy Roach is the No. 2 option, but he has also not proven to be a consistent threat from the outside, which has led to multiple inefficient nights.

The Blue Devils may very well have more struggles against this Panthers team. They have the size to match up with Duke’s main scoring threats and the tenacity to compete on the boards.

Pitt vs. Duke Betting Pick

Duke has been trading wins and losses in conference play thus far, and after a narrow victory over Boston College, the Panthers are game enough to continue that trend.

However, Pitt has struggled against teams with size this season. The Panthers lost to Michigan and their big man Hunter Dickinson, and Clemson, which features PJ Hall.

This game will be a grind for both teams offensively, and this total is much too high. One team should pull away in the second half, which will help with second-half free throws and have this game sail under the total.

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