Duke Blue Devils vs North Carolina Tar Heels Betting Lines & NCAA Basketball Expert Picks
Saturday, March 09, 2019
by Aengus Moorehead

North Carolina Looks to Complete Rare Season Sweep over Duke

Duke Blue Devils vs North Carolina Tar Heels Betting Lines & NCAA Basketball Expert Picks

#4 Duke Blue Devils (26-4) vs
#3 North Carolina Tar Heels (25-5)

Time: 6:00 PM ET
Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019
Where: Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Watch on: ESPN
Spread: North Carolina -4
Moneyline: North Carolina -190
Total O/U: 165½

The red-hot and third-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels will attempt to maintain their winning attitude and will strive to capture their seventh consecutive victory while clinging to some hope of an ACC regular season title as they get ready to resume hostilities in a huge showdown against the fourth-ranked and archrivals Duke Blue Devils. The two Atlantic Coast conference rivals are scheduled to conclude their regular season with a contest set to be disputed Saturday evening from the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill, NC.

Not only are there huge ramifications towards the NCAA Tournament seeding in this caper but the ACC title could still be up for grabs outright for the Tar Heels and at least a tie for the Blue Devils. Both sides will be cognizant of the situation well before the game starts as ACC leader Virginia takes the court against Louisville two hours earlier and a win by the Cavaliers would secure them the title. The Tar Heels enter this affair as a 4-point home favorite, according to MyBookie Sportsbook, with the total sitting at 165½ points.

Duke Blue Devils vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Betting Odds & Team Stats

Gm# Team
Opener
697 Duke
165
698 North Carolina
-2½
  Moneyline
+148/-170
 
 
Duke Blue Devils
 
North Carolina Tar Heels
26-4
Won 2
72 Away
17-13
84.60
67.00
17.6
9-8
5-3
8-21-1
4-13
2-5-1
Record
Streak
Last Meeting
ATS
Offense
Defense
Diff.
ATS Home
ATS Away
O/U Record
O/U Home
O/U Away
25-5
Won 6
Away 88
18-10-2
86.83
73.10
13.73
7-6-2
10-2
14-16
8-7
4-8

Duke Blue Devils vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Betting Trends & Predictions

Duke:
Duke is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Duke is 21-3 SU in its last 24 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Duke's last 5 games
Duke is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Duke is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Duke's last 6 games on the road
Duke is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing North Carolina
Duke is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing North Carolina
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Duke's last 5 games when playing North Carolina
Duke is 9-3-1 ATS in its last 13 games when playing on the road against North Carolina
Duke is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against North Carolina
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Duke's last 12 games when playing on the road against North Carolina

North Carolina:
North Carolina is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games
North Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of North Carolina's last 7 games
North Carolina is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of North Carolina's last 6 games at home
North Carolina is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Duke
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of North Carolina's last 5 games when playing Duke
North Carolina is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Duke
North Carolina is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Duke
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of North Carolina's last 12 games when playing at home against Duke

Predictions:
While Duke will have much more advance warning that freshman phenom Zion Williamson will be out, early indication is that he will, when the game tips off on Saturday, the Blue Devils simply don't match up well with UNC without him in the lineup. Without Williamson's elite gift to score in traffic and in the paint, Duke has had to rely on RJ Barrett's slashing ability to manufacture points and the rest of the team’s abysmal peripheral shooting. Simply put, without Zion, Duke will be in for a long night. Take Tar Heels -4 and the under.

Aengus Moorehead NCAA Basketball Predictions: North Carolina -4
Total O/U:
Under 165½
NCAAB Record: Season 2018-19: 41-41-0   /   -4.05 Units
March 2019: 11-5-0   /   5.55 Units

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