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Clemson vs Wake Forest Pick & Preview: Tuesday, January 17th Betting Odds

Tigers vs Demon Deacons Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Clemson Tigers at Wake Forest Demon Deacons
  • Where: Winston-Salem at Lawrence Joel Coliseum
  • Date: Tuesday, January 17th
  • Betting Odds: Clemson +2.5, CLMSN +119 | WAKE -146 O/U 147.5

Tigers Preview:

The Clemson will take the floor in today’s game in the middle of a 7 game win streak and have an overall record of 15-3. So far, the Tigers have played 6 games on the road, with a record of 4-2. For the season, Clemson has been the underdog in 4 games, sitting with a mark of 3-1. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Tigers being +2.5 point underdogs.

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Clemson will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Hunter Tyson who is averaging 15.67 points per game for the Tigers. Tyson is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Tigers’ offensive game plan is the play of Chase Hunter who has hit 41.5% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.0 points per game.

Coming into today’s game, Clemson will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Tigers are ranked 180th at 71.7 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 578th ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, Clemson is close to the NCAA average at 36.3%.

Demon Deacons Preview:

Through 18 games, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons have an overall record of 13-5. Currently, the Demon Deacons have been the home team 11 times, sitting with a record of 10-1. The Demon Deacons’ are sitting with a betting line that is -2.5 points in their favor. For the season, Wake Forest has been favored to win in 12 games, sitting with a mark of 10-2.

Wake Forest’s leading scorer this season is Tyree Appleby, who is averaging 17.78 points per contest. So far, Appleby has accounted for 22.97% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.11 rebounds per game and 6.0 assists. Cameron Hildreth is the second leading scorer for the Demon Deacons, averaging 12.89 points per game. Between him and Hildreth, they are accounting for 39.6% of the team’s scoring.

Wake Forest comes into today’s matchup vs Clemson, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 79.5 points per game. Through 18 games, they have hit 48.8% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Demon Deacons have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 316th in possessions per game.

Free Spread Prediction: Clemson Tigers +2.5

A key to this matchup, will be 3-point shooting. Coming into the game, both Wake Forest and Clemson are excellent 3-point shooting teams, averaing 8.62 and 7.76 made 3’s per game, respectively. In terms of the odds, we like the Clemson Tigers to cover as +2.5 point dogs. Look for their defense to do a good enough job closing out on the Demon Deacons’ outside shooters to make things difficult for Wake Forest. At +2.5 we like the chances of Clemson covering the spread as underdogs.

 


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