Duke vs. North Carolina ESPN Thursday Betting Night Showdown

February 8, 2018 NCAA Basketball

Great sports rivalries such as Michigan vs. Ohio State in college football or the Red Sox vs. Yankees in baseball always draw a lot of interest.  The college basketball series between intrastate arch rivals Duke and North Carolina certainly rank on the top shelf as well.  The Duke Blue Devils and North Carolina Tar Heels are synonymous with college basketball betting excellence and Final Fours.  This season is no different with both teams ranked.  North Carolina hosts Duke on Thursday in the renewal of one a top College Basketball Betting Line rivalry.

Duke Blue Devils vs. North Carolina Tar Heels

Date and Time: Thursday, February 8, 2018, 8 p.m. Eastern

Location: Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

NCAA Betting Online Odds at SBG:

Duke                       -2 (-110)   167 (-110)   -135
North Carolina        +2 (-110)    167 (-110)   +115

Blue Devils vs. Tar Heels TV Coverage: ESPN

Duke Blue Devils

The Duke Blue Devils have been pointing towards this rivalry matchup with North Carolina for quite some time.  In fact, they may have been looking ahead too much in their last game.  The St. John’s Johnnies scored a huge 81-77 upset win over Duke as 10.5 home dogs.  Duke was ambushed and clearly not ready for the game.  That embarrassing College Basketball Betting Line failure could make the Blue Devils a dangerous beaten favorite.  Duke is the top ranked offensive team in the country.  Freshman forward Marvin Bagley III is a true phenom as the Blue Devils leading scorer at 21.4 points per game.

North Carolina Tar Heels

The North Carolina Tar Heels are 17-7 straight up and 12-10-1 against the spread.  Carolina has not been in good form lately with three losses against the spread in their last four games.  Over the total has hit in five out of the last six games for UNC.  On offense the Tar Heels rank a strong 30th in the country for scoring.  Junior forward Luke Maye is the scoring leader with 18.3 points as well as 10.3 rebounds per game.

Team vs Team

The Blue Devils have had the Online sportsbook advantage in this head to head series with North Carolina.  The Tar Heels have covered the spread in just one out of their last six games against the Blue Devils.  Over the total has hit in six out of the last eight meetings between Duke and North Carolina.   At the Dean E. Smith Center the Blue Devils have enjoyed their greatest success and betting value.  North Carolina has paid out in just two out of their last 10 home games against Duke.  Under the total has delivered the cash in six out of the last nine games between the Blue Devils and Tar Heels at UNC.

Matchup to Watch

This College Basketball Betting Line is usually an intense nail biter that will go down to the wire.  The entertainment factor is also high with two high quality offensive teams that can light up the scoreboard.  Duke has just a little bit more scoring depth and defense.

Blue Devils vs. Tar Heels NCAA games Betting Odds Picks

North Carolina is good but Duke is great.  Duke also has proven betting value against the Tar Heels.  In this ACC classic rivalry, Coach K and the Duke Blue Devils rate the call.

NCAA Betting Online Pick: Duke Blue Devils
NCAA Betting Online Score Prediction: Blue Devils 92, Tar Heels 87

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