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Wake Forest vs. Louisville - 1/30/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Louisville at Wake Forest
Date & Time Wednesday January 30, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Lawrence Joel Coliseum
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
The Line
The Line: Wake Forest +9.5 -- Over/Under: 144
TV Channel
ACC
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The Louisville Cardinals and Wake Forest Demon Deacons meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum.

The Louisville Cardinals look for another win to build on their five-game winning streak. The Louisville Cardinals are averaging 79.4 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 68.3 points on 42.2 percent shooting. Jordan Nwora is averaging 18.2 points and 7.9 rebounds while Christen Cunningham is averaging 10.5 points and 4.4 assists. Dwayne Sutton is dishing 1.9 assists and Steven Enoch is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The Louisville Cardinals are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 76.1 percent from the free throw line. The Louisville Cardinals are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.8 rebounds per game. The Louisville Cardinals have won three of their last five road games.

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons could use a win after losing six of their last seven games. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are averaging 71.1 points on 41.6 percent shooting and allowing 74.1 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Brandon Childress is averaging 16.1 points and 4.3 assists while Jaylen Hoard is averaging 14.3 points and 8.1 rebounds. Chaundee Brown is the third double-digit scorer and Isaiah Mucius is grabbing 3.7 rebounds. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are shooting 31.2 percent from beyond the arc and 72.5 percent from the free throw line. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are allowing 32.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.9 rebounds per game. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons have won five of their last eight home games.

The Cardinals are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Atlantic Coast and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Demon Deacons are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games, 7-20 ATS in their last 27 vs. Atlantic Coast and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The under is 5-1 in Demon Deacons last 6 overall. The under is 5-1 in Cardinals last 6 road games. The under is 7-1 in Demon Deacons last 8 home games.

The Louisville Cardinals enter this game playing their best ball of the season and are shooting 46.7 percent from the field while winning by an average of 16.2 points during their five-game winning streak. Louisville is also outscoring teams by an average of 10 points on the road this season. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are shooting just 38 percent from the field in their last five games and are 4-7 ATS this season as an underdog. It's hard to make a case for Wake Forest given their current form, even if they're at home. I'll take the Louisville Cardinals in a comfortable road victory, as these are two teams heading in completely different directions. 

Pick:
Louisville -9.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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