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The ACC Tournament continues tonight with the Syracuse Orange (20-12) taking on the No. 5 Duke Blue Devils (26-5). These teams split their regular-season series and look to settle the score tonight and advance to the ACC Semifinals. Duke is an 11.5-point favorite over Syracuse, according to ​FanDuel Sportsbook.


Since it is always good to get the opinion of an expert before making a wager, here is what some from around the industry think of this ACC Quarterfinal matchup. 


Syracuse vs Duke Predictions

Sports Jaw

The Sports Jaw experts think this should be a close matchup. While the public is pretty heavy on Duke -11.5, they like Syracuse +11.5, but think that Duke will pull out the straight-up victory.

Scores & Stats

The crew at Scores & Stats think the return of Zion Williamson gives the Blue Devils the lift it's been missing lately. They expect Duke to cover tonight. 


Sports Chat Place

The folks at Sports Chat Place like the Orange plus the points in this one. They say that Duke is one of the worst teams from deep and Syracuse should be able to keep it close. 


The Spread

Derek Patrick of The Spread thinks Duke wins straight up, but adds that Zion Williamson will be on a minutes restriction, giving Syracuse a chance at the backdoor cover. Syracuse +11.5 is his pick.

ESPN Basketball Power Index

The ESPN BPI likes Duke by a wide margin. It gives the Blue Devils an 89.9 percent chance at a win against Syracuse.


So we have three experts taking Syracuse with the points and one expecting Duke to cover. The ESPN BPI likes Duke a lot, but if the previous matchups are any indications, we could be in for a nailbiter tonight. 


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