Duke vs Pittsburgh Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 9 ACC Tournament (Blue Devils Earn Seventh Straight Win)

Duke vs Pittsburgh Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 9 ACC Tournament (Blue Devils Earn Seventh Straight Win)


Duke vs Pittsburgh Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Basketball ACC Tournament Game
  • No. 21 Duke (23-8, 14-6 ACC) vs. Pittsburgh (22-10, 14-6 ACC)
  • Date: Thursday, March 9, 2023
  • Time: 2:30 PM ET
  • Venue: Greensboro Coliseum -- Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Coverage: ESPN Networks

The ACC Tournament continues on Thursday with an exciting matchup between the Pittsburgh Panthers and Duke Blue Devils. Pittsburgh has yet to win an ACC title, while Duke has won 21. The winner of this quarterfinal matchup will go on to play the victor of the Miami vs Wake Forest game.

Pittsburgh bounced back from a tough end to the regular season with an 89-81 win over Georgia Tech in the second round on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Duke is in the midst of a six-game winning streak that includes a 62-57 win over UNC on Saturday. Which ACC squad will advance on Thursday?

Duke vs Pittsburgh Odds & Spread

Duke enters this contest as a moderate favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 2:30 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 138.5 points, which is about average compared to Wednesday's projected totals.

Duke vs Pittsburgh Betting Trends

  • Duke has covered the spread 12 times in 31 games.
  • The Blue Devils' ATS record as 5.5-point favorites or more is 8-12.
  • Out of 31 Duke's games so far this season, 12 have hit the over.
  • Pittsburgh has 23 wins in 32 games against the spread this year.
  • The Panthers are 7-2 as 5.5-point underdogs or greater.
  • Out of Pittsburgh's 32 games so far this year, 20 have hit the over.
Duke Rank Duke AVG Pittsburgh AVG Pittsburgh Rank
181st 71.8 Points Scored 76.3 73rd
30th 63.8 Points Allowed 69.7 163rd
10th 36.3 Rebounds 33.5 76th
14th 11.3 Off. Rebounds 8.8 157th
244th 6.8 3pt Made 9.3 24th
83rd 14.4 Assists 14.4 83rd
157th 11.7 Turnovers 10.8 69th

Duke vs Pittsburgh Prediction & Pick

Pittsburgh has enjoyed its best season in years and is an undeniably balanced sqad. It ranks 24th in offensive efficiency and 65th in opponent shooting percentage (42.0%). The only problem is that the Panthers face one of the hottest teams in the nation. Duke has been crushing one foe after another.

The Blue Devils have posted an average scoring margin of +11.3 in their six-game winning streak. Keep in mind Duke was down 11 points at halftime against Pittsburgh on Jan. 11. It went on to score a whopping 45 points in the second half to win by eight points. That's how fast momentum can change.

Duke has won seven of its last eight games against Pittsburgh, so back the Blue Devils on Thursday.

Final Score Prediction: Duke: 75 | Pittsburgh: 66

Duke vs Pittsburgh Best Bet

The Blue Devils have taken the time to practice excelling at the little things and that will be evident on Thursday afternoon. Duke ranks sixth in offensive rebounding percentage (36.0%) and 27th in free throw percentage (76.8%). Those talents give the team an ability to stretch leads late in the game.

Not only is Pittsburgh 1-7 straight up in its last eight games against Duke, but each of its seven losses have come by at least eight points. Three of those losses came by more than 25 points. The Blue Devils have just dominated this rivalry as of late and that shouldn't end during the ACC Tournament.

Bet: Duke Blue Devils -5.5 (-120)

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