Duke Blue Devils at Wake Forest Demon Deacons Betting Preview/Prop Pick
12 January 2022
— Wednesday, January 12th Duke Blue Devils @ Wake Forest Demon Deacons
We’ve got a fun college basketball matchup scheduled between the Duke Blue Devils and Wake Forest tonight. The Duke Blue Devils are 12-2, fifth in the ACC, and ranked No.8 overall.
However, they’re coming off a loss to the unranked Miami Hurricanes, 76-74. With the Wake Forest Demon Deacons waiting for them, do the Blue Devils have what it takes to bounce back?
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons have a surprisingly incredible record this season. They’re 13-3 and have won two straight games. These wins were against the Florida State Seminoles and Syracuse.
Pulling off an upset here would be incredible, but we’re wondering about the spread. The Blue Devils are 5-point favorites here, can the Demon Deacons cover tonight?
Duke Blue Devils: Duke needs to put their last loss behind them
As they head into this game, the Blue Devils need to put their recent loss in their rearview. Sure, it was quite the upset, but they can bounce back a better team.
It starts with getting a win over Wake Forest on Wednesday night. Paolo Banchero and Wendell Moore Jr. need to come together and lead their team to a win. Unfortunately, the Blue Devils are already 0-1 on the road.
The road loss can be easily overcome with the proper game plan for Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons allow nearly 70 points a game, and the Blue Devils can stretch the floor. Through their last ten meetings, the Blue Devils are 9-1 against Wake Forest.
Against the spread this season, the Blue Devils are 7-4-3, well over the .500 mark. They’ll also only need to cover five points.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons: A tough match awaits them
Wake Forest has had a strong season so far, and we have to acknowledge that. Duke, however, is the first top ten team they’ve faced this year. Obviously, shutting down the Duke offense is a huge priority.
However, it’s said than done, considering the Blue Devils have the No.8 scoring offense in college basketball. Wake Forest will have to work on not allowing any open looks.
To do this, they need to stop Duke’s leader in assists per game, Wendell Moore Jr. If they can limit his distribution, they can perhaps slow the flow of Duke’s offense. Their own offense needs to do better at scoring from beyond the arc.
Although they average over 80 points per game, their three-point shooting is just 33.09%. Compare that to Dukes 35.85% from the 3PT line.
Our pick for the Duke Blue Devils at Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Wake Forest has put together an impressive record this season. Unfortunately, their record against the Blue Devils isn’t nearly as impressive. Going 1-9 in their last ten meetings is about as bad as it can get.
Wake Forest is also 8-7-1 against the spread this season, leading us to take the Blue Devils.
Duke had a setback against Miami, but they’ll bounce back here. The great part is with the loss to Miami; the spread was reduced to just five points. They should be able to easily cover the spread and take home a win on Wednesday.
DunkelIndex Free Pick: Duke Blue Devils -5, UNDER
Wake Forest (-110) Under 72.5 Points
The Blue Devils are allowing 64.7 points per game so far this season, which ranks 91st in the nation. They held Wake to just 60 points last year when the two teams met in Winston-Salem.
With Dunkel predicting a Duke win tonight by the score of 77-68, take the Demon Deacons (-110) to finish UNDER the Vegas team total of 72.5 points.
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