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North Carolina State vs Wake Forest Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 28th Betting Odds
Wolfpack vs Demon Deacons Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: North Carolina State Wolfpack at Wake Forest Demon Deacons
- Where: Winston-Salem at Lawrence Joel Coliseum
- Date: Saturday, January 28th
- Betting Odds: North Carolina State +3, NCST +133 | WAKE -163 O/U 154.0
North Carolina State will take the floor against the Demon Deacons with an overall record of 16-5. So far, the Wolfpack have played 7 games on the road, with a record of 3-4. For the season, North Carolina State has been the underdog in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 3-4. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Wolfpack being +3 point underdogs.
North Carolina State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Terquavion Smith who is averaging 18.62 points per game for the Wolfpack. Smith 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 Wolfpack’s offensive game plan is the play of Jarkel Joiner who has hit 43.9% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 16.81 points per game.
On offense, North Carolina State is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.0 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 21 games, they have only hit 34.0% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 39.25% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Demon Deacons Preview:
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons head into today’s game in what will be their 22nd game of the season, posting a record of 14-7. Currently, the Demon Deacons have been the home team 13 times, sitting with a record of 11-2. The Demon Deacons’ are sitting with a betting line that is -3 points in their favor. For the season, Wake Forest has been favored to win in 13 games, sitting with a mark of 11-2.
Wake Forest’s leading scorer this season is Tyree Appleby, who is averaging 17.71 points per contest. So far, Appleby has accounted for 22.88% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.1 rebounds per game and 6.05 assists. Cameron Hildreth is the second leading scorer for the Demon Deacons, averaging 13.33 points per game. Between him and Hildreth, they are accounting for 40.1% of the team’s scoring.
Wake Forest comes into today’s matchup vs North Carolina State, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 79.5 points per game. Through 21 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: North Carolina State Wolfpack +3
Heading into this matchup between the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and North Carolina State Wolfpack we have a strong lean on taking the points with North Carolina State at +3. Both team’s are going to come into this game looking to get up looks from outside, as they are both average team’s in terms of 3-pointers made per game. Look for North Carolina State to benefit from facing another squad looking to turn this into a 3-point shooting contest. When looking at the line, we see tremendous value in taking the North Carolina State Wolfpack at +3. Go ahead and lock this bet in before tip-off.