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Wake Forest vs. Duke odds, props, predictions: Demon Deacons visit Cameron Indoor hoping to remain in ACC race | Sporting News

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Wake Forest makes the short trip to Durham, N.C., tonight to take on Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Surprise ACC contenders, Wake Forest was picked by most media publications and oddsmakers to finish between sixth and eighth in the ACC. Still, they have been playing well, sitting fourth and just one game back of second place.

 

Duke has not been living up to expectations so far. Most projected them to win the ACC regular season title. They lost to rival North Carolina to fall further back in the standings of the first-place Tar Heels but have bounced back to win their last two. On the season, the Blue Devils are 12-9-2 against the spread and have covered three of their last four. Duke’s defense has stepped up, hitting the UNDER for total points in all three of their wins over the last four.

Wake Forest is 12-10-1 against the spread this season and has been strong lately, winning three straight and covering two of three. Their offense has been playing well, hitting the OVER for total points in three of four. Tonight’s contest will be the first of two regular season matchups for Wake Forest and Duke.

Here is the Wake Forest vs. Duke betting news, player props and a betting prediction for tonight’s ACC Conference matchup. The game tips off tonight at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

Live odds for Wake Forest vs. Duke

Here are the spread, moneyline and total points live odds for Wake Forest vs. Duke at the best online sportsbooks.

 

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Wake Forest Demon Deacons betting news

The Demon Deacons’ less than stellar start to the season is long forgotten. They won nine straight at the end of nonconference play and continued it into ACC play. Following that up, the Deacons had a tough stretch facing some of the best teams in the conference and lost four of six. They have bounced back, winning their last three, including avenging a loss to NC State from earlier in the season, winning 83-79 two nights ago.

Wake Forest leans on their potent offense to carry them most nights, as they boast the 27th-ranked offense for adjusted efficiency. Their defense is not bad but does come in behind their offense, ranking 47th for adjusted efficiency. The Demon Deacons also play at a decent pace, with the 107th-ranked adjusted tempo on Kenpom.

Four impressive double-digit scorers lead the offense, each averaging over 14 points per game. Hunter Sallis (18.5 PPG), the team’s leading scorer, is very efficient, shooting 49.8% from the field and 40.3% from three. He is part of a fantastic guard trio, as second- and third-leading scorers Kevin Miller (16.3 PPG) and Cameron Hildreth (14.3 PPG) are only slightly behind Sallis in scoring. 

While each are solid efficient scorers, Miller is shooting 47.1% from the field and Hildreth 46.3%. Andrew Carr and Efton Reid III are a strong pairing in the frontcourt. Carr averages 14.1 points and 6.9 rebounds. Reid is fifth on the team in scoring 8.8 PPG and leads in rebounding at 8.4 RPG. 

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Duke Blue Devils betting news

The Blue Devils are a super-talented team, and each of their five losses this season has come by nine or fewer points. Duke could stand to improve in late game situations, as they are only 5-5 in games decided by single digits. Their offense ranks eighth for adjusted efficiency and their defense ranks 24th. They have several star players, but the guards are not always as good as their frontcourt in crunch time.

Kyle Filipowski (17.2 PPG & 8.2 RPG) and Mark Mitchell (12.7 PPG & 6.4 RPG), the teams leading and fourth-leading scorers, are studs down low. They also are the top two rebounders on the team, but neither are off-the-dribble type players. When games get late, they need their guards to step up and get them the ball or create for themselves more.

Jeremy Roach, the Blue Devils top scoring guard, is having his best season as a senior. Yet he has disappeared late in some of the team’s losses this season. He only scored once inside the final five minutes of their loss to North Carolina while missing several shots. For Duke to reach their ceiling as a team they need their guards to be more consistent. In a matchup tonight against an elite Wake Forest backcourt, Duke could be vulnerable. 

Wake Forest vs. Duke player props at FanDuel Sportsbook

Here are some of the top player prop markets for Wake Forest vs. Duke from FanDuel Sportsbook.

Andrew Carr prop bets

  • 12.5 points OVER (-120) / UNDER (-110)
  • 6.5 rebounds OVER (-102) / UNDER (-138)

Kevin Miller prop bets

  • 13.5 points OVER (-110) / UNDER (-120)
  • Threes: 1+ (-182) 

Cameron Hildreth prop bets

  • 11.5 points OVER (-130) / UNDER (+100)
  • Threes: 2+ (+158),

Jared McCain prop bets

  • 13.5 points OVER (-105) / UNDER (-125)
  • 5.5 rebounds OVER (-104) / UNDER (-134)
  • Threes: 2+ (-166), 3+ (+174)

Mark Mitchell prop bets

  • 13.5 points OVER (+100) / UNDER (-130)
  • 7.5 rebounds OVER (+106) / UNDER (-148)
  • Threes: 1+ (-108) 

Kyle Filipowski prop bets

  • 17.5 points OVER (-125) / UNDER (-105)
  • 7.5 rebounds OVER (-132) / UNDER (-106)
  • Threes: 2+ (+172)

Hunter Sallis prop bets

  • 18.5 points OVER (-125) / UNDER (-105)
  • Threes: 2+ (-210), 3+ (+142) 

Jeremy Roach prop bets

  • 13.5 points OVER (-130) / UNDER (+100)
  • Threes: 2+ (+100), 3+ (+280)

Wake Forest vs. Duke prediction: Demon Deacons take Blue Devils to the wire

The Demon Deacons are playing really well and may have the backcourt advantage over Duke tonight. Pulling off the upset will be a challenge, but expect Wake Forest to keep it close for 40 minutes and cover the spread.

Pick: Wake Forest

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