Today's Free Picks for
Posted at 2:45 PM EST.
VIRGINIA TECH -105 over Duke
7:00 PM EST. Duke is favored here because why? Because they’re Duke of course. There is no question that Duke can win here but if we’re playing value, then there is only one bet to make it and it’s not on the Dukies.
Duke has won three in a row and the market likes it when Duke starts heating up but they have been feasting on the ACC’s bottom tier squads. Duke has played just two teams in the top-50 and they are 0-2 in those games. The polls have Duke ranked (20th) higher than Va Tech (33rd) but we have to question how that can be. Duke has played the 180th ranked Strength of Schedule (SOS) and they are without a credible win while Va Tech has at least two credible wins, one over then #3 Villanova and the other against then #24 Clemson.
We’re going to keep this simple. The Hokies are another team that is ranked inside the top-50, as they come in at #33 today. Duke lost to both Michigan State and Illinois with its best win coming against Notre Dame. Duke may indeed win here but this badge of honor might be taking the respect a bit too far, meaning there's opportunity in backing the Hokies. They should not be the underdog here.
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VIRGINIA TECH -105 (Risking 2.10 units - To Win: 2.00)