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Clemson vs Wake Forest 2/23/22 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

Wake Forest Demon Deacons (21-7) vs. Clemson Tigers (12-15)
February 23, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Clemson Tigers +2 / Wake Forest Demon Deacons -2; Over/Under: 147
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The Wake Forest Demon Deacons will travel to Littlejohn Coliseum to take on the Clemson Tigers this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 21-7 on the season after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 79-74, this past Saturday. Wake Forest trailed by a 41-35 margin at halftime, however, the Wake Forest defense was solid in the 2nd half and the Demon Deacons were able to hold off the Fighting Irish for the victory after taking a 72-68 lead with 2:00 minutes left in regulation. Wake Forest shot 41.4% from the field & 35.3% from beyond the arc while allowing Notre Dame to shoot 47.1% from the field & 45.2% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Demon Deacons was Alondes Williams who had a double-double with 23 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, & 1 steal.

On the season, Wake Forest is averaging 78.5 ppg on 48.4% shooting from the field. The Demon Deacons are averaging 8.5 three-pointers per game on 35.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Wake Forest has been led by Alondes Williams (19.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 5.1 apg, 1.2 spg), Jake LaRavia (14.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.7 spg, 1.0 bpg), Daivien Williamson (12.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.1 apg), & Isaiah Mucius (9.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg).

Defensively, Wake Forest is allowing their opponents to average 69.0 ppg on 40.7% shooting from the field. The Demon Deacons have a rebound margin of 3.0 and a turnover margin of -1.1.

The Clemson Tigers lost their 6th straight game and dropped to 12-15 on the season after being defeated by the Louisville Cardinals, 70-61, this past Saturday. Clemson fought back from an 40-31 deficit early in the 2nd half to take a 53-52 lead, however, the Tigers struggled down the stretch and could not fight back after a 10-0 Cardinals run gave Louisville a 67-56 lead with 1:11 left in regulation. Clemson shot 43.1% from the field & 39.1% from beyond the arc while allowing Louisville to shoot 45.6% from the field & 27.6% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Tigers was Al-Amir Dawes who had 18 points, 7 rebounds, & 2 assists.

On the season, Clemson is averaging 71.9 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 7.9 three-pointers per game on 36.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Clemson has been led by PJ Hall (15.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.2 bpg), Al-Amir Dawes (11.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.0 spg), Hunter Tyson (10.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.2 apg), & David Collins (10.1 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.7 spg).

Defensively, Clemson is allowing their opponents to average 69.1 ppg on 43.1% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 2.4 and a turnover margin of 0.2.

The Demon Deacons are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games, however, are just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games vs. Clemson. The Tigers are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games, however, are just 10-5 ATS in their last 15 Wednesday games.

Clemson has lost 7 of their last 8 games and has really struggled on the defensive end as of late as over their last 8 games, Clemson is allowing opponents to average 74.6 ppg which is more than 5 points higher than their season average. Wake Forest has one of the more explosive offenses in the country as the Demon Deacons currently rank 27th in scoring offense & 16th in FG%, and as Wake Forest has a winning record on the road, I think Wake Forest does enough to cover this small road spread. Good Luck!

Brett Nault's Free Pick:
Wake Forest Demon Deacons -2

Brett Nault

Brett has been involved with sports his entire life, whether playing them or betting on them, and loves using his education in data analytics to break down all matchups to get you a competitive edge. Follow Brett Nault on Twitter @BrettCU05
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