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Wake Forest An Excellent Play vs Duke?

Wake Forest continues to be a scary play against top teams with close losses to Xavier and Louisville, plus a victory against LSU in their past three games. Duke will need to be careful when they visit the Demon Deacons on Wednesday as Wake Forest has played them tight and covered in six of the last eight contests between the two teams.

Shark Bites
  • The OVER is 5-0 in Duke’s past five games.
  • Wake Forest is 6-1 ATS in their last seven games hosting Duke.
  • Grayson Allen has averaged 20.6 points per game this season, but just 6.5 points in Duke losses.

Duke freshman Brandon Ingram continues to look like a lottery pick in the NBA Draft as he has averaged 21.9 points and 8.3 rebounds over the past seven games. Duke’s offense, which is fourth in the nation, has a wealth of scoring talent with six players averaging at least 9.5 points per game (though that does include injured Amile Jefferson).

Senior Devin Thomas continues to be the focal point of this Wake Forest team as he has averaged 16.4 points and 10.2 rebounds per game thanks to his massive frame. Thomas will be looking for redemption as Duke held him scoreless in 20 minutes of play last time the two teams met back in March. 

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

College basketball betting odds makers at BetOnline opened the Wake Forest Demon Deacons as 8.5-point underdogs in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over/under total line at sportsbooks such as Bovada.

Duke Blue Devils vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons sit at 9-4 (5-7 ATS) on the college basketball season. By comparison, the Duke Blue Devils are currently 12-2 (7-6 ATS). Looking to bet on the total points scored? Wake Forest is 5-7 OU, and Duke is 8-5 OU.

According to new college basketball power rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 179-ranked Wake Forest Demon Deacons and the No. 2-rated Duke Blue Devils in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring and defensive stats point to some betting edges in this matchup. The game features Wake Forest's No. 101-ranked scoring average of 77 PPG, against a Duke Blue Devils defense rated No. 132 and allowing 69.79 PPG. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons FG% has averaged 44.01% to date this season, less than the Duke Blue Devils shooters have managed so far (47.88% per game).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Blue Devils grabbed a 81-64 win over the Eagles on Saturday, behind a 25-point effort from Brandon Ingram at Conte Forum.

Wake Forest got 14 points from Devin Thomas but lost anyway, 65-57, to Louisville on Sunday at KFC Yum! Center.

Betting Trends
  • Duke is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Duke is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Duke's last 5 games
  • Duke is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Wake Forest is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
  • Wake Forest is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Duke
  • Wake Forest is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games when playing Duke
  • Wake Forest is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing at home against Duke

Next Betting Matchups

Duke home to Virginia Tech, Saturday, January 9th
Wake Forest at North Carolina State, Sunday, January 10th