Best Duke vs. NC State Betting Picks for Monday, Mar. 4

The Blue Devils can't afford to drop games as we enter the final stretch of the season.
Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

It is a quick turnaround for both Duke and NC State as they just played two high-intensity games on Saturday. That may not be a bad thing, however, for the Blue Devils, who are playing some of their best basketball of the season, winning their last two games with a combined margin of 50 points. They have all the momentum they need on their backs as they take on the struggling Wolfpack.

Duke has not only won seven of their last eight games, but they are also coming off one of their most impressive wins of the season against Virginia. Holding the Cavaliers to 31% shooting from the field, Duke completely throttled Virginia, only allowing 48 points for the game. With the ACC regular season title still in reach, they can't afford to drop a game ahead of their final matchup against the Tar Heels on Saturday.

Duke vs. NC State Odds, Spread, and Total

Duke vs. NC State Best Bet and Prediction

NC State is coming off a tough loss against North Carolina over the weekend. They led by 10 at one point before allowing a huge comeback to their in-state rivals before falling 79-70.

That was a summary of how this Wolfpack season has gone. They have looked solid at times before the wheels come off and they lose games they shouldn't be losing. Their 9-9 record in the ACC represents their mediocrity all year.

Yet, they have the ability to light it up, as they demonstrated in the first half against the Tar Heels. They have enough firepower to cause trouble for opposing defenses. Duke will likely be a bit tired to maintain the same level of defensive intensity they showed against Virginia 48 hours ago.

Even though Duke is favored and should take care of business, betting on a high-scoring affair seems like the safer bet.

My pick: Over 149.5

North Carolina bettors can't wager on a Duke game quite yet, but you can unlock a guaranteed $300 from FanDuel Sportsbook if you act now! Just sign up through the exclusive Old North Banter link and you'll unlock $100 on launch day just for registering, plus an additional $200 bonus once you place your first $5 bet. Sign up now so you don't miss out on your $300!

More Duke content:


Odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.