The Syracuse Orange (12-2, 1-0 ACC), 2-point underdogs, will be at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum to take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (7-6, 0-1 ACC) in an ACC matchup. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 135.5 points and it can be seen on ESPNU at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.
Syracuse Orange vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons Betting Odds
In their last contest, the Demon Deacons fell to the 13th-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels, 73-69, while the Orange were victorious over the Virginia Tech Hokies, 68-56.
Syracuse played a nearly perfect game. They had a fantastic free throw rate of 0.362 (above their season average of 0.293) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 33.3 (below their season average of 39.8). Virginia Tech put up marks of 0.192 and 21.1, respectively, for those same stats. Wake Forest, on the other hand, had a turnover percentage of 9.1 (better than their season average of 17.8). Wake Forest was lifted by Bryant Crawford, who had 17 points and five assists. Matthew Moyer, meanwhile fueled Syracuse with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
It could be a sloppy game for the Wake Forest offense. Wake Forest ranks 226th in the NCAA in ball protection (turnover percentage of 19.7 percent), while the ball-hawking defense of Syracuse forces the 93rd-most turnovers in the NCAA (21.1 percent). Additionally, the Orange, who rank third in offensive rebounding percentage (39.5 percent), will face off against the Demon Deacons, who rank 265th in defensive rebounding percentage (68.7 percent).
Of the Orange’s 12 games that accepted bets, eight have finished under the O/U total. Syracuse heads into the game with records of 12-2 straight up (SU) and 6-6 against the spread (ATS).
Demon Deacons games also tend to finish under the projected point total (72.7 percent). Further, Wake Forest owns records of 7-6 SU and 5-6 ATS.
Oshae Brissett has taken his game to another level as of late for Syracuse, averaging 19.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals over the last five games.
The Orange won the sole contest between these two teams last season, 81-76. One of Syracuse’s biggest advantages was getting to the free throw line. They had 30 free throw attempts, while Wake Forest had 23. This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.
Syracuse Orange at Wake Forest Demon Deacons Betting Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Syracuse, ATS Winner – Syracuse, O/U – Under
Syracuse ranks 13th in rebounds per game (41.9) while Wake Forest ranks 169th (35.1).
The Orange rank 22nd in steals per game (8.6) while the Demon Deacons rank 84th (6.8).
Wake Forest ranks 151st in assists per game (13.4) while Syracuse ranks 206th in assists allowed per game (15.6).
The Orange rank seventh in blocks per game (6.4) while the Demon Deacons rank 80th (3.8).
Wake Forest ranks 175th in three pointers attempted per game (21.1) while Syracuse ranks 241st (18.1).
Wake Forest is 2-3 ATS at home, while Syracuse is 2-1 ATS on the road.
The total has gone under in 3 of the Demon Deacons’ 5 home games, while 2 of the Orange’s 3 road games have gone over.
The Demon Deacons are 2-2 ATS over their last five games, while the Orange are 3-2.
In their last five games, Wake Forest has 3 unders and 1 over, while Syracuse has 3 unders and 2 overs.
The Demon Deacons’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 6.6, up from 5.3 for the season.
During their last five games, the Orange have scored an average of 70.8 points per game (0.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 63.2 points per game (1.0 above their season average).