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Wake Forest vs. Virginia Pick – Basketball Predictions & Odds 1/21/23

Virginia Cavaliers (14-3) vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (14-5)
January 21, 2023 2:00 pm EDT
The Line: Wake Forest Demon Deacons +3.5 / Virginia Cavaliers -3.5; Over/Under: +136.5
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The Virginia Cavaliers and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons meet in college basketball action from the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Saturday. Let’s dive into the odds, injuries, matchup history and make a prediction for this game.

Odds

Virginia is listed as 3.5-point road favorites with an attached ML price of -167. The total for this game is set at 136.5 points.

Injuries

The Cavaliers have a clean injury report coming into this game while Wake Forest has ruled Jao Ituka out for the season with a knee injury.

Matchup history

Wake Forest won the last meeting with Virginia 63-55 back on January 15th, 2022. That win snapped a nine-game win streak for Virginia head-to-head.

Trends

Virginia is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games overall while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games following an ATS win. Wake Forest is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games while the over is 20-8 in their last 28 games overall.

Pick

I’m going to back Virginia here. The Demon Deacons are coming off of an emotional win over Clemson in their last game, and now have to get that same energy up for another tough matchup against a really good Virginia team with a defense that travels. Wake also likes to play a fast paced style, and I think they’ll get frustrated when Virginia slows the pace down to a screeching halt. I’ll side with the Cavaliers on the road here as I just don’t see Wake Forest having success against the Cavaliers defense.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Virginia -3.5

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Chris joined the Sports Chat Place team in August 2016 and has a proven system that combines multiple analytical and situational statistics and trends to give out thousands of winning picks over the last three years with winning records across all of the top leagues, Follow Chris Ruffolo on Twitter @ruffthepickdawg

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