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2021 NCAA Basketball Handicapping
(8-8) Duke Blue Devils vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-9)
Date: Wednesday, February 17th, 2021
Time: 8:30 PM ET
Venue: Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Moneyline Odds: Duke Blue Devils (N/A), Wake Forest Demon Deacons (N/A)
Betting Odds: Duke Blue Devils -5
Betting Total: O/U 145.5
We got a matchup pitting to teams from the ACC with the Duke Blue Devils traveling to Winston Salem, NC to take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Wednesday. The Blue Devils are coming off a 16 point win against NC State on the road over the weekend, while Wake Forest lost to FSU by 7 in OT over the weekend.
As it stands right now, South Carolina is 9th in the ACC at 6-6 4.5 games back of division leader Virginia. The Demon Deacons are 13th in the conference at 3-9 and will be looking to move up in the standings.
The Blue Devils are 9-1 in their last 10 matchups.
Duke Blue Devils
Duke is 6-6 in ACC play, 4-2 at home and 2-4 on the road. They have had some close losses recently losing by 4 to Notre Dame, 4 to UNC and 2 to Miami. They are those 3 games from being right in the thick of things in the ACC and competing for a higher seed in the NCAA Tourney.
Matthew Hurt is the leader statistically speaking for the Blue Devils. He’s averaging 18.1 PPG and 6.6 RPG leading the team in all both categories. DJ Steward 13.0 PPG and Backcourt teammate Jordan Goldwire 3.6 APG and 2.5 SPG will be helping him run the offense.
Key loss for Duke is Jalen Johnson who averaging 11.2 PPG and 6.1 RPG this season. He has opted out of the rest of the season. But Duke have already played 3 games earlier this season without him so hopefully they will be able to fill in his production.
The Blue Devils are average from 3pt range at 35.0% clip which is 124th in the country. They also shoot 71.4% from the free throw line which is 148th in the country and with a 5pt spread on the road this could be a key factor.
Duke comes into this contest averaging 75.6 points per game on the season, putting them 80th in the country in scoring.
Duke is giving up an average of 72.3 points per contest on the year, which puts them 232nd in the country in scoring defense.
The Blue Devils are decent on the boards at 157th in the country with 35.9 Rebounds per game.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Wake Forest has won 2 of their last 4 games this season. In their last 10 games they are 3-7 and 8-2 ATS. They are 2-2 at home SU and 1-5 on the road SU in those games during ACC play.
Ian DuBose is the leading scorer for Wake Forest at 14.3 PPG. He recently came back and that is a huge addition having only played 4 games this season. Daivien Williamson averages 12.7 PPG, 2.8 APG and 1.5 SPG. Inside they are led by Ody Oguama who averages 6.1 RPG. They have 9 players averaging over 15 MPG.
M. Lester, G. van Beveren and A. Mathis Jr. are all questionable for the game on Wednesday and would be huge help to Wake Forest and their depth if they can dress out.
The Demon Deacons are shooting at a 36.1% clip from 3pt range which is 78th in the country. They also shoot 73.4% from the free throw line which is 88th in the country and in a close conference matchup the free throw line can decide who wins or loses.
The Demon Deacons are averaging 70.3 PPG on the offensive end of the floor this season, putting them 212th in the nation in scoring offense.
Wake Forest is below average on defense giving up 70.0 PPG ranking 178th in the nation.
Wake Forest is below average in rebounding averaging 34.1 RPG which ranks 235th in the nation.
- Duke are 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games.
- Duke are 12-1 SU in their last 13 games against Wake Forest.
- Duke are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against Wake Forest.
- Duke are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games this season.
- Wake Forest are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games.
- Wake Forest are 3-9 SU in their last 12 games.
- Wake Forest are 7-2 SU in their last 9 games at home.
- Wake Forest are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games against an opponent in the Atlantic Coast conference.
Free Duke Blue Devils vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons NCAAB Prediction:
I like Duke in this game to cover the number. I think Duke will be ready to compete and losing Jalen Johnson could actually allow the team to gel together and get them going. Also, Coach K will be looking to get his team going heading into March.
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