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Wake Forest vs. Duke - 1/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Duke Blue Devils (13-0) at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (8-7)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Joel Coliseum)

The Line: Wake Forest Demon Deacons +16 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Duke Blue Devils and Wake Forest Demon Deacons play Wednesday night at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum.

The Duke Blue Devils remain just the second undefeated ACC team left and play their second true road game. On the season, Duke is averaging 85.3 points on 52.4 percent shooting and is allowing 60.6 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Jahlil Okafor is averaging 19.5 points and 8.7 rebounds while Quinn Cook is averaging 14.5 points and 3.2 assists. Amile Jefferson is grabbing 7.8 rebounds and Justise Winslow is shooting 47 percent from the field. The Duke Blue Devils are getting the job done at both ends, especially offense where they have six players averaging at least seven points, and they’re shooting 69.9 percent from the free throw line and 38.5 percent from deep. Defensively, Duke is forcing 13.8 turnovers and has allowed 62 or less points in four of its last five games.

Wake Forest vs. Duke - 1/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Wake Forest Demon Deacons have won four of their last six games and play their second ranked team. On the season, Wake Forest is averaging 70.6 points on 42.7 percent shooting and is allowing 67.7 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Codi Miller-McIntyre is averaging 13.1 points and 3.5 assists while Devin Thomas is averaging 12.1 points and 9.7 rebounds. Konstantinos Mitoglou is grabbing 4.9 rebounds and Cornelius Hudson is shooting 38.8 percent from the field. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons rely on their length, as they’re grabbing more than 40 rebounds and more than four blocks. Offensively, Wake Forest is shooting 64.2 percent from the line and 33.5 percent from deep. Defensively, Wake Forest is forcing 13.9 turnovers and has allowed 63 or less points in four of its last five games.

The Blue Devils are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. Atlantic Coast and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win. The Demon Deacons are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 vs. Atlantic Coast and 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Blue Devils are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Wake Forest and 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings overall.

This is just the second true road game for Duke, and Wake Forest is coming off a well played game against Lousiville. This game should be a lot closer than expected and given that Duke hasn't covered many games against the Demon Deacons, I'll take the points here and the home team. 

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