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ACC Battle: Wake Forest vs Louisville

Conference play in the Atlantic Coast Conference kicks off on Sunday for two teams that have exceeded preseason expectations in the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and the Louisville Cardinals.

Shark Bites
  • Wake Forest is 8-22 SU in its last 30 games on the road.
  • The total has gone UNDER in Wake Forest's last five games as underdogs.
  • Louisville is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games at home in January.

The Cardinals’ (11-2 SU) only two losses have come by a combined six points to superpowers Michigan State and Kentucky, while going a perfect 10-0 at the KFC Yum! Centre (yes, that’s the name). Wake Forest may be looking like tasty competition for the Cardinals, as Rick Pitino’s club has won its conference opener in six of the last seven seasons including an 85-76 victory over the Demon Deacons last year.

Despite its improved play this season, Wake Forest has not yet found any consistency at the betting window. The Demon Deacons are an ugly 0-5 ATS in their last five following an ATS win.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to side with the Louisville Cardinals to cover the point spread in this one found them as -17-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs Louisville Cardinals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons have watched them go 9-3 and 4-7 ATS on the college basketball season, while the Louisville Cardinals are at 11-2 and 6-3 ATS. In totals betting, the Louisville Cardinals are 4-5, while the Wake Forest Demon Deacons have a 5-6 mark.

This college basketball game matches up the No. 16 (Louisville) and the No. 155 (Wake Forest) teams in the league, according to our current NCAA basketball power rankings.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring and defensive stats point to some betting edges in this matchup. The game features Louisville's No. 13-ranked scoring average of 85.08 PPG, against a Wake Forest Demon Deacons defense rated No. 230 and allowing 78.08 PPG. The Louisville Cardinals FG% has averaged 51.18% to date this season, more than the Wake Forest Demon Deacons shooters have managed so far (44.41% per game).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Demon Deacons got 19 points from Bryant Crawford as Wake Forest ran past LSU 77-71 on Tuesday at Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Louisville got 27 points from Damion Lee on the way to a 75-73 loss against Kentucky on Saturday at Rupp Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Wake Forest is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • Wake Forest is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Wake Forest is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Wake Forest is 7-17 SU in its last 24 games on the road
  • Louisville is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • Louisville is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Wake Forest home to Duke, Wednesday, January 6th
Louisville at North Carolina State, Thursday, January 7th

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