Duke Blue Devils (14-4) vs. Virginia Tech Hokies (12-7)
Duke Blue Devils vs. Virginia Tech Hokies 1/29/24 – On Monday, January 29, 2024 in an eagerly anticipated NCAA Men’s Basketball matchup between Duke and Virginia Tech Hokies for an unforgettable contest on the basketball court, these sides have both experienced highs and lows this year; therefore this contest should prove captivating to watch! Here at NCAAB no-cost picks we will examine key stats, player contributions to teams’ successes or failures, betting trends and potential outcomes to provide insight into this crucial encounter.
Duke Blue Devils (14-4 for the season), have recently shown impressive form. Winning four out of their last five matches and dominating their opponents is a testament to this fact; yet against the spread they’ve found difficulty; going only 1-4 over their past five contests against this figure on both home turf and away fields respectively. It should also be noted that three of Duke’s last five matchups went over total; eight of their 13 home contests also hit this mark!
Virginia Tech Hokies come into this contest boasting an 11-7 mark for the season and have displayed consistency over their past five games, winning three and losing two. Their performance against the spread has outdone Duke, going 3-2 over those five. Unfortunately on the road however they struggled, going just 1-5 against the spread. Similarly Duke they too saw three out of the last five matchups surpass the total. At home five of 13 matches also went over total during that same stretch.
Duke Blue Devils vs. Virginia Tech Hokies 1/29/24 Game Info
|Monday, January 29, 2024 at 7:00 PM ET
Kyle Filipowski (Center) vs. Sean Pedulla (Guard)
Duke center Kyle Filipowski will be at the heart of all eyes in this matchup, as his presence will be instrumental to Duke’s success on both ends of the floor. Filipowski averages 18.2 points, 9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.8 blocks per game on average and boasts impressive shooting percentages with 50.6% field goal percentage, 69.6% free throw percentage and 39.7% from beyond the 3-point arc; his presence will ensure Duke won’t fall flat against UNLV in their opener on November 27.
Sean Pedulla of Virginia Tech will likely play an instrumental role for their Hokies team during this matchup. Pedulla averages 16.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game and boasts an 81.2% free throw percentage while also hitting threes at 38.5% accuracy rate – all characteristics crucial in controlling game pace and creating scoring opportunities for team mates.
Kyle Filipowski and Sean Pedulla will face off against one another on the court in an intriguing battle of styles, not only over individual statistics. Filipowski with his impressive size and versatility can dominate in the paint while stretching defenses with three-point shooting; on the other hand, Pedulla relies heavily on agility, playmaking abilities and three-point shooting to lead Virginia Tech’s offense.
NCAAB Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD
As yet, betting odds for this matchup have yet to be set. Oddsmakers likely carefully considered recent performances and key player statistics before setting their odds; bettors should keep tabs on these odds as they emerge closer to game day.
Duke Blue Devils Betting Trends
Duke has demonstrated in their betting trends that they have been winning games but having difficulty covering the spread, particularly away games. Their propensity for high-scoring matches makes the over more of an attractive choice; however, bettors should keep Duke’s performance against the spread in mind when placing bets on them.
Virginia Tech Hokies Betting Trends
Virginia Tech Hokies have excelled against the spread in recent matches against Duke. Furthermore, several high scoring matches saw overs. Bettors should pay particular attention when making predictions regarding Virginia Tech road performances against the spread.
Duke Blue Devils vs. Virginia Tech Hokies 1/29/24 Betting Picks
At any game that promises thrilling basketball action, it’s crucial to assess all factors at play. Duke has recently enjoyed an unbeaten streak thanks to Kyle Filipowski being at their center position; yet their struggles against point spreads and high scoring games should not be overlooked.
On the other side of things is Virginia Tech and their versatile guard Sean Pedulla; their competitive nature and high scoring games prove they make for formidable foes. While Virginia Tech does experience similar issues when trying to overcome point spread challenges or engage in high scoring contests, their resolve cannot be taken for granted.
Acknowledging all these variables makes identifying an outright winner an arduous process. Once available, betting lines provide clarity regarding oddsmakers’ expectations; but for premium expert picks closer to game day it would be beneficial to consult professional handicappers as they offer more extensive analysis than their counterparts can.
Free Pick and Prediction: Duke Blue Devils 84, Virginia Tech Hokies 79