NCAAB Free Pick: Virginia Tech Hokies at Duke Blue Devils 2019-03-29

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The Duke Blue Devils host the Virginia Tech Hokies in college basketball action in this game. The line on the hometown Blue Devils is -7.0, the total on the game is 142.5 and tip-off is set for 9:39 PM.

The Virginia Tech Hokies enter this game with a 8-21 record including a 8-6 record on the road. When it comes to betting the Hokies against the spread, they hold a record of 2-1. On the road, as they are in this game, they are 0-1 against the spread. In betting the total in 29 games played, Over the total has gone 0 times while Under the total has cashed the ticket on 3 occasions. On the road, Virginia Tech games have gone Over/Under 0-1 respectively.

The Duke Blue Devils of enter this game with a 29-5 record including a 20-2 record here at home. When it comes to betting the Blue Devils against the spread, they hold a record of 0-3. As the home team, as they are in this game, they are 0-3 against the spread. In betting the total in 34 games played, Over the total has gone 1 times while Under the total has cashed the ticket on 2 occasions. Here at home, Over the Total has hit 1 times in Duke games while the end result has fallen Under the Total 2 times.

VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES VS DUKE BLUE DEVILS EARLY PUBLIC CONSENSUS REVIEW

Here is a quick look at the early public action on the game, which reflects overnight betting, as reported by participating sportsbooks.

  • Betting Virginia Tech against the spread(7.0): 49%
  • Betting Virginia Tech to win straight up(281): 24%
  • Betting Duke against the spread(-7.0): 51%
  • Betting Duke to win straight up(-350): 76%
  • Betting Over the Total(142.5): 42%
  • Betting Under the Total(142.5): 58%

These reports are particularly of interest to "steam" bettors and "consensus" junkies. We like to look at these numbers in contrast to the value that we see in the line. If public trends are eating at our perceived value, we prefer to get in on the games early and capture a good number, but if the trend is on the wrong side, we may prefer to wait and make our bets closer to game time to milk another half point or more out of the number.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL FREE PICK FROM THE BANKER

We selected this game as a free opinion today because we do not have a premium selection on it but we have done really well betting on or against Blue Devils games (22-6/78.60%) and we feel we have our finger on the pulse of this matchup.

This opinion all comes down to "value" or "false value" and we make that determination by looking at the point spread as it is (Duke -7.0) compared to where we feel it should be (Duke -37.5). From there we decide if there is any value or false value in the number by examining the public perception on the game, the early public betting trends and the situational trends in this particular matchup.

The Banker says, take the Duke Blue Devils -7/-114
(Record for Professional Handicapper The Banker betting on or against the Duke Blue Devils: 22-6/78.60%, +15570.00)

GAME NOTES: TV: CBS POWER RATINGS: DUKE 99.0, VIRGINIA TECH 61.5

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