Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Blue Devils versus the Demon Deacons? Tip off is at at 2:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN. The game will be played at Lawrence Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, NC. The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 151.5 points, and Wake Forest is favored by -2.5 to win at home against Duke.

DUKE BLUE DEVILS VS WAKE FOREST DEMON DEACONS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Wake Forest Demon Deacons -2.5

This game will be played at Lawrence Joel Coliseum at 2:00 ET on Saturday, February 24th.

WHY BET THE WAKE FOREST DEMON DEACONS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Demon Deacons.
  • Not only will Wake Forest pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -2.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 151.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.

Will the Blue Devils Make it Happen in Winston-Salem?

Despite being the underdog, Duke has been the favorite in 24 of their 26 games this season, going 20-4 in those contests. They enter this game on a five-game win streak, including an 84-55 road win over Miami (FL). On the road this season, the Blue Devils are 6-3, and over their last 10 road games, they are 7-3.

For the season, Duke has an overall record of 21-5, including an 11-3 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play. Their average scoring margin on the road is +6.8, and they are currently on a two-game road win streak.

As the underdog this season, Duke has gone 0-1 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Blue Devils have a 3-7 ATS record.

This season, Duke games have an over/under record of 11-13-1, and the average over/under line in their games is 146.9. So far, 16 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s over/under line of 151.5. In their last three games, the average scoring total is 142 points, and the team’s over/under record in their last five games is 0-5.

In their recent matchup, the Duke offense ended with 84 points against Miami (FL). They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 51.9% and made 13 threes. Leading the team in scoring is Kyle Filipowski, who is averaging 16.9 heading into today’s matchup. Additionally, Jeremy Roach also maintains a PPG average of 14.1 heading into game.

So far, the Blue Devils’ defense is ranked 58th in the country at 67.2 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Duke’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 42.8% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 32.0% this season.

Is A Home Victory Likely for Favored Wake Forest?

Wake Forest has been dominant at home this season, going 15-2 with an average scoring margin of +16.4 points per game. They have won 13 straight games at home and are 16-2 as the favorite this season. Over their last 10 games at home, they have gone a perfect 10-0.

So far this season, Wake Forest is 17-9 overall and 9-6 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. They have gone 8-3 in non-conference games and 2-7 on the road.

As the favorite this season, Wake Forest has gone 12-5-1 against the spread. At home, their ATS mark is 11-5-1. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Demon Deacons are 7-2-1 vs. the spread.

So far this season, the over/under record for Wake Forest games is 15-11. On average, their games have finished with 148.8 points compared to an average over/under line of 147.3, resulting in an average margin of +1.5 points. Today’s over/under line of 151.5 is higher than the average OU line in their games this year. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 with an average scoring total of 130 points.

The Wake Forest offense is coming off a game in which they scored 91 points vs. Pittsburgh. Overall their field goal percentage was 60.8% while connecting on 10 threes. Kevin Miller was the leading scorer for the Demon Deacons, putting up 18 points. In addition, Hunter Sallis contributed 17 points.

The Demon Deacons’ defense is presently ranked 105th nationally, allowing an average of 69.3 points per contest. In today’s game vs. Duke, the Wake Forest defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, Wake Forest made 19 free-throws vs. the Demon Deacons.