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Duke vs Wake Forest Pick & Preview: Tuesday, December 20th Betting Odds
Blue Devils vs Demon Deacons Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Duke Blue Devils at Wake Forest Demon Deacons
- Where: Winston-Salem at Lawrence Joel Coliseum
- Date: Tuesday, December 20th
- Betting Odds: Duke -7.5, DUKE -345 | WAKE +265 O/U 141.5
Blue Devils Preview:
The Duke Blue Devils will be looking to pick up their 13th win of the season and are in the middle of a 4 game win streak. On the road, the Blue Devils will be playing their 3rd game of the season, having gone 2-1. So far, the Blue Devils have been favored 12 times, going 10-2 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Duke as -7.5 point favorites.
Kyle Filipowski comes into today’s game as the Blue Devils’ leading scorer at 14.83 points per contest. Not only has Filipowski been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Duke’s top rebounder at 9.08 boards per contest. Before getting a bet down on this game, we recommend keeping close watch on the availability of Jeremy Roach, as he is currently listed as questionable. If he can’t play, the Blue Devils’ will be without their 2nd leading scorer at Jeremy Roach points per game.
So far this season, Duke has put together a strong scoring offense at 80.2 points per game (13th). This strong figure has come despite the Blue Devils playing at a slow tempo compared to other schools. For the season, they have hit 36.8% of their shots from outside, which is closer to the NCAA average. Duke’s overall field goal percentage currently sits at 48.9%
Demon Deacons Preview:
Wake Forest will take the floor against the Blue Devils with an overall record of 8-4. Currently, the Demon Deacons have been the home team 8 times, sitting with a record of 7-1. So far, the Demon Deacons have been the underdog 3 times, going 1-2 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +7.5 underdogs on the spread.
Wake Forest’s leading scorer this season is Tyree Appleby who is averaging 18.0 points per contest. So far, Appleby has accounted for 23.97% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.17 rebounds per game and 5.08 assists. Cameron Hildreth is the second leading scorer for the Demon Deacons, averaging 12.0 points per game. Between him and Hildreth, they are accounting for 40.0% of the team’s scoring.
Wake Forest comes into today’s matchup vs Duke, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 79.5 points per game. Through 12 games, they have hit 48.8% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Demon Deacons’ have prefered to slow the game down, ranking 316th in possessions per game.
Free Spread Prediction: Duke Blue Devils -7.5
Heading into this matchup, with the Duke Blue Devils sitting as -7.5 point favorites, we like them to pick up the win and cover the spread. Both team’s will be coming into the game looking to get up shots from outside, as Duke and Wake Forest are averaging 8.18 and 8.62 made 3’s per game, respectively. One trend that we feel strongly about is the fact that Duke has historically performed well against the spread on the road, going 7-3 ATS (last 10). Before tonight’s matchup, we recommend getting a wager down on the Blue Devils to cover at -7.5.