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Wake Forest vs Louisville Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 7th Betting Odds
Demon Deacons vs Cardinals Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Louisville Cardinals
- Where: Louisville at KFC Yum! Center
- Date: Saturday, January 7th
- Betting Odds: Wake Forest -9, WAKE -453 | LOU +339 O/U 141.5
Demon Deacons Preview:
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons head into today’s game in what will be their 16th game of the season, posting a record of 10-5. On the road, the Demon Deacons will be playing their 5th game of the season, having gone 1-4. So far, the Demon Deacons have been favored 9 times, going 7-2 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Wake Forest as -9 point favorites.
Wake Forest’s leading scorer this season is Tyree Appleby, who is averaging 18.27 points per contest. So far, Appleby has accounted for 24.08% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.13 rebounds per game and 5.67 assists. Cameron Hildreth is the second leading scorer for the Demon Deacons, averaging 11.33 points per game. Between him and Hildreth, they are accounting for 39.0% of the team’s scoring.
Wake Forest comes into today’s matchup vs Louisville, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 79.5 points per game. Through 15 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.
The Louisville Cardinals head into today’s game in what will be their 16th game of the season, posting a record of 2-13. Currently, the Cardinals have been the home team 10 times, sitting with a record of 2-8. So far, the Cardinals have been the underdog 10 times, going 1-9 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +9 underdogs on the spread.
Louisville will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer El Ellis who is averaging 17.67 points per game for the Cardinals. Ellis 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 Cardinals’ offensive game plan is the play of Brandon Huntley-Hatfield who has hit 47.9% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 8.07 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Louisville this season, as they are currently ranked 318th in college basketball at 67.3 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Cardinals’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 30.9%, placing them 420th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Wake Forest Demon Deacons -9
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons will tip off their matchup over Louisville Cardinals as the strong favorites to pick up the win with a point spread sitting at -9. Our analysis like’s Wake Forest’s chances to pull away with an easy win and cover the spread. When looking at how each team likes to play, both Wake Forest and Louisville are near the NCAA average in possessions per game. We like how this scenario favors Wake Forest, as throughout the game their superior talent should come through in an easy win. Although the Demon Deacons don’t have a great track record vs the spread as the betting favorite, going 2-3 (last 5), we like their chances to come away with the ATS win.