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After losing both regular-season matchups against North Carolina without Zion Williamson on the floor this season, a healthy Williamson and No. 5 Duke get another shot at revenge against the No. 3-ranked Tar Heels in Friday night's ACC Tournament semifinal. 


The Blue Devils are ​3-point favorites over UNC, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. And if you're looking to place a bet on the latest chapter of the Tobacco Road showdown, taking a look at some predictions from experts around the industry is typically a good move.


North Carolina vs Duke Predictions


Picks and Parlays

The staff from Picks and Parlays likes the Blue Devils to win straight up and cover the spread with a predicted final score of 82-75. They think Duke will bounce back against the Tar Heels, after losing both games during the regular season, with a huge performance from a now-healthy Zion Williamson.

Scores and Stats

Scores and Stats predicts Duke will win this one by double digits, with an 88-76 final score, and easily cover the point spread. The staff at Scores and Stats thinks the Blue Devils simply have too many weapons for UNC to account for with Williamson back on the floor. 


Sports Chat Place

Randy Chambers, of Sports Chat Place, is also backing Duke to beat UNC and cover at least a 2.5-point spread. Similar to both previous predictions, Chambers thinks Williamson's return will open up the floor for Cam Reddish and R.J. Barrett providing them with an array of wide-open shots from beyond the arc.

ESPN Basketball Power Index Matchup Predictor

ESPN's BPI is giving Duke a considerable edge with a 61.5 percent chance of winning.


All four of the highlighted expert predictions are backing the Blue Devils to win this game straight up, and the three spread predictions are calling for Duke to cover at least 2.5 points.


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