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Duke vs Wake Forest Preview

Wake Forest bettors may benefit from a classic look-ahead situation as the overmatched Demon Deacons host the Duke Blue Devils Tuesday in college basketball action.

Duke has the far superior squad but will be looking ahead to the season finale against rival UNC. Will they expend a lot of energy to blow out Wake Forest, knowing a tougher test awaits with the ACC crown on the line?

Duke hammered Wake in the last meeting in January.

View Duke vs Wake Forest Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Demon Deacons were listed as 13.5-point home underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark. The best dog line earlier was at Bovada.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Demon Deacons sit at No. 295 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Blue Devils sit at No. 23 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Blue Devils will win this game 81-67.

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How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Wake Forest's No. 271-rated squad against Duke's No. 59-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Wake Forest rates No. 254 in the country with 5.3 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 20 nationally with 8.3 per match.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Duke owns the country's No. 165-rated mark, allowing 69.3 points per game on the highway. Wake Forest, on the other hand, rates No. 257 in scoring at home.

Duke was a 70-65 winner in its last match at home against Virginia Tech. They failed to cover the 13-point spread as favorites. Austin Rivers scored 23 points leading the Blue Devils to a 70-65 victory over Virginia Tech at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday.

Wake Forest won its last outing, an 85-56 result against Boston College on February 25. They covered in that game as a 5-point favorite. The battle between the Demon Deacons and Eagles didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Boston College was handed an 85-56 defeat on Saturday at Joel Coliseum.

Duke Blue Devils Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 8-2
Before playing North Carolina are 8-2
After playing Virginia Tech are 8-2
After a win are 8-2

Wake Forest Demon Deacons Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Georgia Tech are 5-5
After playing Boston College are 4-5
After a win are 3-7

 

A few Blue Devils at Demon Deacons trends to consider:
Duke is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Duke is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Wake Forest
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Wake Forest's last 8 games at home
Wake Forest is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Duke
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Wake Forest's last 15 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Wake Forest's last 6 games when playing Duke

Next up:
Duke home to North Carolina, Saturday, March 3
Wake Forest at Georgia Tech, Saturday, March 3

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