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Duke Huge Favorites vs Wake Forest

Duke has won 44 straight games at Cameron Indoor and 12 straight against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons - small wonder they are favored by such a huge margin Thursday in ACC betting action.

After jumping four points in the latest AP poll, the Blue Devils could be primed for a letdown here, especially with such a huge NCAA basketball point spread. They should win easily here, but will they push to blow out Wake Forest?

The Deacs are just 2-9 ATS overall in the past 11 meetings with Duke and its even worse at Cameron Indoor where Wake is 1-12 ATS in their past 13 visits dating to 1997.

View Wake Forest vs Duke Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had the Blue Devils installed as 22.5-point favorites in this particular matchup with the total opening at 147.5 at shops such as Bovada. [ Bet on Duke to repeat as national champions or to win the ACC this season, check out the latest future lines at Bovada. ]

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Blue Devils, most recently No. 62 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Demon Deacons, who rate No. 238 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 83-70 victory for the Blue Devils, which would fall short of covering the spread.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Demon Deacons is ranked No. 278 in NCAA hoops at 32.5 per game. Contrast that with Duke’s No. 140 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Duke is the No. 47-ranked team in the country at 7.9 per game, while Wake Forest rates No. 233 at 5.6 per game.

Defensively, Wake Forest features the nation's No. 195-rated defense on the road, allowing 71.6 points per game. Duke, meanwhile, comes in at No. 27 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Wake Forest was a 76-40 loser at home against North Carolina State. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as underdogs. The Demon Deacons were hammered by North Carolina State on Saturday, losing by a 76-40 final at Joel Coliseum in college basketball betting action.

In their last action, Duke was a 73-66 winner on the road against Clemson. They covered the 6-point spread as favorites. The Blue Devils got 24 points from Andre Dawkins as Duke ran past Clemson 73-66 on Sunday at Littlejohn Coliseum.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Boston College are 4-5
After playing North Carolina State are 4-6
After a loss are 4-6

Duke Blue Devils Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 10-0
Before playing Florida State are 9-1
After playing Clemson are 9-1
After a win are 8-2


A few Demon Deacons at Blue Devils trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Wake Forest's last 7 games when playing on the road against Duke
Wake Forest is 2-14 SU in its last 16 games on the road
Wake Forest is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Duke
Wake Forest is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Duke
Duke is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Duke is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Wake Forest
Duke is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
Duke is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing Wake Forest

Next up:
Wake Forest at Boston College, Saturday, January 21
Duke home to Florida State, Saturday, January 21