Who would have thought looking at this matchup a month ago that the Fighting Irish would only be a 4-point dog to Duke? Regardless, that’s where the line stands, but were will I go for today’s Duke Notre Dame pick?
Game: Duke Blue Devils (2-2, 0-4 ATS) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2-2, 2-2 ATS)
When: 9:00 PM ET, Wednesday, December 16th, 2020
Where: Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center, South Bend, Indiana
Current Line: ND +4 Total: 146.5
TV Coverage: ESPN
What’s Up With Duke?
The Duke Blue Devils have played half of their scheduled games, going 2-2 in those. Two of those losses came on their home court to Michigan State and Illinois.
In fact, it wasn’t even close versus the Fighting Illini. Duke was down 43-29 at the half, eventually losing 83-68.
Things will not get any easier for them. They will be without five-star recruit Jalen Johnson indefinitely with a foot injury. Johnson is the team leader in rebounds and his 3rd in scoring.
Irish Beat Wildcats
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish beat the Kentucky Wildcats their last time out. It was the program’s first ever win over the powerhouse.
It wasn’t easy though. After taking a 48-26 lead into the half, the Irish managed only 16 points in the 2nd half to win by 1, 64-63. Holding on for this huge win should pay dividends going forward.
If the Irish continue to get solid production from juniors Prentiss Hubb and Nate Laszewski, they have a legit chance to win this one SU. They are currently at +154 on the moneyline for a win at top online sportsbooks.
Duke Notre Dame Pick
With everything I said, I like Notre Dame at +4. I’ve seen other cappers take them at +4.5, but a quick look through the line movements shows most books didn’t have them there.
Today’s Duke Notre Dame pick is the Notre Dame Fighting Irish +4.
Duke Notre Dame Pick: Notre Dame Fighting Irish +4
Pick by Joe Berra