NCAAB: Louisville vs. Duke Predictions – Wednesday, Feb. 28

Feb 17, 2024; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Louisville Cardinals forward Brandon Huntley-Hatfield (5) warms up before a game against the Pittsburgh Panthers at the Petersen Events Center.
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We have your Louisville Cardinals vs. Duke Blue Devils prop betting and game preview needs covered as the Louisville Cardinals hit the road to face the Duke Blue Devils.

The Duke Blue Devils (21-6) are set to host the Louisville Cardinals (8-19) in a clash of ACC teams with diverging fortunes. Duke, with a strong 12-4 conference record, aims to continue their dominance at Cameron Indoor Stadium, while Louisville looks to upset the odds and snap a 2-game losing streak.

Louisville Cardinals vs. Duke Blue Devils Odds Info

Moneyline: Louisville Cardinals +1400 (BetRivers) / Duke Blue Devils -5000 (BetRivers)

Spread: -19.5 – Louisville Cardinals -108 (BetPARX) / Duke Blue Devils -113 (BetPARX)

Total: 151.5 – -109 (BetPARX) / -110 (Ceasars)

Game Info

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 28

Time: 07:00 PM

Location: Cameron Indoor Stadium – Durham, NC

TV: ACC Network

Louisville Cardinals Betting Trends

  • On the road, Louisville Cardinals are 1 and 9 this season.
  • Against the spread this season, Louisville Cardinals are 13 and 14.
  • Against the spread on the road, Louisville Cardinals are 5 and 5.

Duke Blue Devils Betting Trends

  • At home, Duke Blue Devils are 13 and 2 this season.
  • Against the spread this season, Duke Blue Devils are 15 and 12.
  • Against the spread at home, Duke Blue Devils are 11 and 6.

Louisville Cardinals vs. Duke Blue Devils Predictions

The Duke Blue Devils enter this matchup on a high note, having secured five consecutive victories that have solidified their position as one of the top teams in the ACC. With an impressive home record of 13-2, the Blue Devils will rely on their efficient offense, which ranks 41st in the nation averaging 80.4 points per game, and a solid 26th in field goal percentage at 48.3%. Key player Kyle Filipowski, leading the team with 16.9 points and 8.2 rebounds per game, will be pivotal in Duke’s quest to maintain their winning momentum.

On the other side, the Louisville Cardinals have struggled throughout the season, currently on a 2-game losing streak and holding a dismal 3-13 conference record. Despite their challenges, the Cardinals have shown sparks of potential, with Skyy Clark averaging 13.3 points per game and Brandon Huntley-Hatfield leading the rebounding efforts with 8.4 per game. However, Louisville’s offense has been lackluster, ranking 243rd in points per game at 72.6 and a concerning 414th in three-point field goal percentage at 30.4%.

This game will likely be decided by Duke’s ability to exploit Louisville’s defensive weaknesses and continue their strong play inside the arc. The Cardinals will need to step up their defense, which ranks 232nd in adjusted defensive efficiency, to contain Duke’s multifaceted scoring threats. As the Blue Devils seek to assert their dominance early on, Louisville must find a way to disrupt Duke’s rhythm and create opportunities for their own shot-makers to have any chance of pulling off an upset.

Louisville Cardinals vs. Duke Blue Devils Pick

The Duke Blue Devils are the clear favorites in this matchup, and for good reason. Their impressive home record, coupled with their high-scoring offense, makes them a formidable opponent for any team, let alone a struggling Louisville Cardinals squad. With Duke’s efficient shooting and the scoring prowess of Kyle Filipowski, it’s hard to see how Louisville can contain them, especially given the Cardinals’ poor defensive efficiency ranking and their inability to consistently make shots from beyond the arc. The moneyline bet on Duke, despite the heavy odds, is justified by their dominant performance at home and their current winning streak, which they are likely to extend against Louisville.

Historically, Duke has been a powerhouse in college basketball, and their current form suggests that this game will not deviate from that narrative. Louisville’s recent form, including their 2-game losing streak and abysmal road record, indicates that they are not in a position to challenge Duke, especially at Cameron Indoor Stadium. While the odds for Duke’s moneyline bet are steep, the likelihood of a Blue Devils victory is high, making it the safer and more logical pick for this game. The Cardinals have shown no recent signs of being able to pull off an upset of this magnitude, and Duke’s quest for continued success in the ACC should see them through comfortably.

The Pick: Duke Blue Devils -5000. (BetRivers)