The No. 10 Duke Blue Devils (4-1) take on the Oregon State Beavers (3-1) Thursday in the Phil Knight Legacy tournament. Tip from Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland is at 3 pm ET (ESPN). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Duke vs. Oregon State oddsand make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.
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Duke’s only loss was a 69-64 decision against Kansas in the Champions Classic Nov. 15. Coach Jon Scheyer has a talented group of young players who will develop and get better as they more games — especially games away from Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The Beavers enter off a bad 79-66 loss to Portland State Saturday. The rest of their schedule has not been much better. A 73-70 win over Tulsa to open the season was solid, but easy games against Florida A&M and Bushnell followed. This means the Beavers have not had true tests yet and the Blue Devils are heavily favored to give Oregon State its second loss of the young season.
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Duke vs. Oregon State odds
Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 10:30 am ET.
- Moneyline (ML): Duke -4000 (bet $4,000 to win $100) | Oregon State +1000 (bet $100 to win $1,000)
- Against the spread (ATS): Duke -21.5 (-110) | Oregon State +21.5 (-110)
- Over/Under (O/U): 138.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)
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Duke vs. Oregon State picks and predictions
Duke 77, Oregon State 59
Duke (-4000) is not worth a wager. Even in a parlay, this play will not add value.
Against the spread
BET OREGON STATE +21.5 (-110).
Duke has been winning games, but not covering the spread, going just 3-2 ATS. One of those covers was in its 5-point loss to the defending champion Kansas as a 6-point underdog. The Blue Devils failed to cover the 24.5-point in a 74-57 win over Bellarmine Monday.
Oregon State is in no danger of stealing this game from Duke, but basically playing a home game, the Beavers will at least keep it close and get a backdoor cover.
BET UNDER 138.5 (-110).
Duke and Oregon State have hit 6 Unders in 8 combined games against division I opponents.
As Duke continues to get his young players adjusted on offense, he will rely on the defense to hold serve. This talent will allow Duke to keep the Beavers off balance and should result in a lower-scoring game. This could fail if Duke pushes the pace, but against an out-talented Beavers, the Blue Devils will be happy getting the win and moving on to tomorrow. UNDER 138.5 (-110) is my favorite play.
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