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If there’s a bright spot to be found in the Duke Blue Devils’ 2-9 record in 2020, it’s that they were slightly better against the spread, posting a 4-7 ATS record. Oddsmakers don’t expect much improvement in 2021, giving them a win total of 3.5 and the longest odds to win the ACC.
All of the Blue Devils’ odds can be found above, along with their full schedule, performance against the spread, team trends and more.
Duke Blue Devils Point Spreads
Betting on Duke point spreads in 2020 wasn’t a great idea, as the Devils were able to cover the spread only 36% of the time during the season. In case you aren’t familiar with point spreads, they are bets based on a team winning or losing by a certain number of points. Oddsmakers set the spread at the amount they expect the favored team to win by, shown with a minus sign, while the underdog team will have a plus sign at the same amount.
For example, if the Blue Devils are 10.5-point underdogs to North Carolina, you would add 10.5 to the Blue Devils' score (or subtract 10.5 from the Tar Heels) when judging your bet against the spread. This means that as long as Duke loses by 10 or fewer points (or wins outright), Duke bettors win, but North Carolina bettors would need their team to win by 11 or more.
Duke Blue Devils Over/Unders
With the ACC's worst defense, betting on Duke overs was a profitable venture in 2020, as the over won 64% of the time. Over/unders, or totals, are a way to bet on the combined scoring of both teams in a game.
Say sportsbooks set the total for Duke’s game against North Carolina at 55.5. As long as both teams' final scores added up to over 56, then over bettors would win their bet. It doesn’t matter who wins or how much either team scores individually, as long as the combined number is over (or under, depending which side you bet) the total set by the sportsbook.
Duke Blue Devils Moneylines
If you want to go out on a limb and think Duke will be much better in 2021, one way to profit off that theory is by betting on Duke moneylines.
Moneylines are a reflection of how likely bookmakers think either team is to win. Favorites are listed with a minus sign and underdogs with a plus sign, and the number is the amount a bettor would need to risk to win $100 or how much a $100 bet would return, respectively.
In a game against North Carolina, Duke might be +500 underdogs. This means that a bettor making a $100 wager would be paid $500 in profit in the unlikely event Duke won. If Duke were a -500 favorite, on the other hand, you’d need to risk $500 for a potential $100 profit.
Duke Blue Devils Props
If betting on the performance of the Blue Devils as a whole isn’t your style, you could focus on individual player props. Player props are a bet on the statistics of a single player, and they function in an over/under fashion just like totals.
Perhaps you think senior wideout Jake Bobo won’t be able to get to the 34.5 receiving yardage total listed by oddsmakers: If you bet the under on this prop, your bet is a winner if he ends up at 34 or fewer yards.
Note that not all sportsbooks offer markets on college football props, so make sure to shop around and find the right book for you.
Duke Blue Devils Futures
Whether you think Duke is going to do better than the 3.5 wins proposed by sportsbooks or worse, you can take either side with a futures bet.
Futures are bets on whole season outcomes. Some examples of Duke futures bets include their season win total, a longshot bet on projected starting QB Gunnar Holmberg to win the Heisman Trophy, and more.