No. 17 Duke, No. 5 UNC face off to end regular season

No. 17 Duke, No. 5 UNC face off to end regular season

No. 17 Duke, No. 5 UNC face off to end regular season

After their worst performance of the season, the North Carolina Tar Heels look to bounce back to close the regular season when they collide with heated rival, the Duke Blue Devils. The NCAA basketball betting odds favor the Tar Heels by 6.5-points. Tip-off is this Saturday, March 4th at 8:30 PM ET on ESPN from the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Duke won the first meeting by a 86-78 final on Feb 9. Grayson Allen scoring 25 points, shooting 9-15 from the field.

Duke Blue Devils Vs North Carolina Tar Heels Spread & ATS Pick

What: No. 17 Duke Blue Devils (23-7) at No. 5 North Carolina Tar Heels (25-6)
When: Saturday, March 4, 2017
Start Time: 8:15 PM ET  
Where: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Stadium: Dean E. Smith Center
Spread: UNC -6.5
Watch: ESPN
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: North Carolina vs Duke

Why Bet The Duke Blue Devils To Beat The Tar Heels

Duke beat Florida State 75-70 to end a two-game losing streak. The Blue Devils are 23-7 SU and 10-18-1 ATS this season. They average 80.4 points per game (35th) and allow 68.4 points per game (81st).

The Blue Devils shoot 47.4% from the field (42nd) and 37.6% from three-point land (62nd). Freshman guard Frank Jackson (10.3 PPG & 2.3 RPG) scored 22 points in their last outing. He scored on 3 of his four three-point attempts. He added four rebounds. Playmaker Grayson Allen came off the bench but only played 16 minutes and scored two points.

Duke averages 37.0 rebounds (109th), 13.6 assists (Tied-167th), and 5.86 steals per game. The Blue Devils have a +11.97 point differential this season. Senior forward Amile Jefferson leads the team with 8.8 rebounds per game and senior guard Matt Jones is tops with 1.6 steals.

Why Bet The North Carolina Tar Heels To Beat The Blue Devils

North Carolina had their worst offensive output of the season in the 53-43 loss to Virginia on Monday. The Tar Heels are 25-6 SU and 16-14 ATS this season. They average 85.0 points per game (11th) and allow 70.1 points per game (117th).

UNC shoots 47.1% from the field (50th) and 37.0% from beyond the arc (84th). Virginia held North Carolina to 35.4% shooting from the field and 25.0% from three point land. Junior guard Joel Berry II (14.7 PPG & 3.8 APG) was the only player who scored double-digits with a very humble mark of 12 points on the night.

"Tonight I don’t think it was as much what we did wrong as much as how good their defense was," coach Roy Williams said.

North Carolina averages 44.0 rebounds (1st), 17.9 assists (4th), and 7.03 steals per game. They have a 14.97 point differential. Senior forward Kennedy Meeks leads the team with 9.8 rebounds and Joel Berry II with 1.5 steals per game.

Duke Vs UNC ATS Pick

North Carolina leads the all-time series 134-109, though Duke has won 12 of the last 16 matchups.

I am betting on UCN to win and cover the spread.