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Georgia Tech vs. Wake Forest - 01/05/2019 NCAA BB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Georgia Tech - Wake Forest
Date & Time Saturday January 5, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Georgia Tech -8.5 — Over/Under: 135
TV Channel
ACC
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NCAA BB | Georgia Tech - Wake Forest
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The Wake Forest Demon Deacons and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets meet Saturday in college basketball action at the McCamish Pavilion.

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons could use a big road win after splitting their last eight games. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are averaging 74.4 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 72.2 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Brandon Childress is averaging 16.4 points and 4.3 assists while Jaylen Hoard is averaging 15.2 points and 7.7 rebounds. Chaundee Brown is the third double-digit scorer and Isaiah Mucius is grabbing four rebounds. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 71.9 percent from the free throw line. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are allowing 31.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.3 rebounds per game. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons have lost their two road games this season.

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets could also use a win after splitting their last eight games. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are averaging 71.3 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 61.8 points on 38.2 percent shooting. Jose Alvarado is averaging 13.2 points and 3.8 rebounds while Brandon Alston is averaging 10.2 points and 1.5 assists. Michael Devoe is dishing 2.3 assists and James Banks III is grabbing 8.6 rebounds. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are shooting 30.5 percent from beyond the arc and 72 percent from the free throw line. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are allowing 27.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.2 rebounds per game. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have won seven of their last nine home games.

The Demon Deacons are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 road games, 3-14 ATS in their last 17 vs. Atlantic Coast and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Yellow Jackets are 25-11 ATS in their last 36 home games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Atlantic Coast and 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games overall. The Demon Deacons are 1-8 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Georgia Tech. The under is 44-21-1 in Yellow Jackets last 66 home games. The under is 4-1 in Demon Deacons last 5 overall.

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons haven't been all that impressive this season and have been clapped in their two road games where they're allowing 83.5 points on over 50 percent shooting. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are one of the better defensive teams in the country and have shown that even more so at home where they're allowing just 37.7 percent shooting and outscoring teams by 15.7 points. The gap between these clubs is a bit larger than years past. I'll lay the chalk with Georgia Tech. 

Pick:
Georgia Tech -8.5

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