Duke vs. Wake Forest - 1/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (8-8) at Duke Blue Devils (14-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 12:00 pm (Cameron Indoor Stadium)
The Line: Duke Blue Devils -17 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ACC Network; ESPN College Extra
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons will travel to Cameron Indoor Stadium to take on the 7th ranked Duke Blue Devils this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 8-8 (1-3 ACC) on the season after being defeated by the Virginia Tech Hokies, 83-75, this past Wednesday. Wake Forest had no answers on the defensive end for the Hokies offense and couldn’t fight all the way back after falling behind by a 45-30 margin at halftime. Wake Forest allowed Virginia Tech to shoot 50.9% shooting from the field and 42.9% (12-28) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Demon Deacons was Doral Moore who had a double-double with 12 points, 13 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 2 steals. On the season, Wake Forest is averaging 77.0 ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field. The Demon Deacons are averaging 8.5 three-pointers per game on 39.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Wake Forest has been led by Bryant Crawford (15.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.6 spg), Keyshawn Woods (14.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.2 spg), Doral Moore (9.6 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 2.2 bpg), and Brandon Childress (9.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.9 apg). Defensively, Wake Forest is allowing their opponents to average 73.2 ppg on 43.1% shooting from the field. The Demon Deacons have a rebound margin of 3.1 and are averaging 3.7 blocks per game.
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The 7th ranked Duke Blue Devils improved to 14-2 (2-2 ACC) on the season after defeating the Pittsburgh Panthers, 87-52, this past Wednesday night. Duke was outstanding on the defensive end throughout the entire game and had no trouble securing the victory on the road after the Blue Devils took a 50-24 halftime lead. Duke shot 53.1% from the field while holding Pittsburgh to 33.3% shooting from the field and 18.2% (4-22) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Blue Devils was Marvin Bagley III who had a double-double with 16 points, 15 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal. On the season, Duke is averaging 93.5 ppg on 51.4% shooting from the field The Blue Devils are averaging 8.1 three-pointers per game on 36.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Duke has been led by Marvin Bagley III (22.1 ppg, 11.8 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.1 bpg), Grayson Allen (16.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.3 spg), Wendell Carter Jr. (13.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.2 spg), and Gary Trent Jr. (13.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.2 spg). Defensively, Duke is allowing their opponents to average 73.9 ppg on 41.5% shooting from the field. The Blue Devils have a rebound margin of 11.8 and a turnover margin of 1.0.
The Demon Deacons are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 Saturday games and 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games following an ATS loss. The Blue Devils are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a losing road record, however are just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS win.
Wake Forest has lost 4 of their last 5 games and have been average on both sides of the ball this season as the Demon Deacons rank 122nd in scoring offense, 131st in FG%, and 148th in defensive FG%. Duke has one of the best offenses in the country as the Blue Devils rank 1st in scoring offense, 7th in FG%, and 3rd in rebound margin, however, Duke has struggled on the defensive end as they rank just 217th in scoring defense. Wake Forest played Duke tough in both matchups last year and as the Demon Deacons have enough talent to give any team trouble, I think Wake Forest does enough to cover with the points in this one.