Planning on watching today’s Demon Deacons and Fighting Irish game? Catch the action at Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, IN, as the Fighting Irish hosts this showdown at 9:00 ET on ACCN. Wake Forest is favored by -6.5 in this Atlantic Coast conference matchup the against Notre Dame. The over/under for the game is set at 135 points.

WAKE FOREST DEMON DEACONS VS NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH BETTING PICK

The Pick: Notre Dame Fighting Irish +6.5

This game will be played at Purcell Pavilion at 9:00 ET on Tuesday, February 27th.

WHY BET THE NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Fighting Irish.
  • Not only will Notre Dame pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +6.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 135 points, and we like the over with a projected 143 points.

Will the Demon Deacons Defense Show Up in South Bend?

Wake Forest enters this game as the favorite, as they have been in 19 of their 27 games this season. Overall, they have gone 17-2 in those games, including a 10-6 mark in ACC play. Their record on the road is just 2-7 compared to 16-2 at home. Their average scoring margin at home is +15.7 compared to -1.8 on the road.

The Demon Deacons have won their last two games, including an 83-79 victory over Duke. Over their last 10 games on the road, they have gone just 2-8. This season, they are 18-9 overall.

When looking at Wake Forest’s ATS record this season, they are currently 15-11-1. As the favorite, the Demon Deacons have gone 13-5-1 vs. the spread this year. On the road, their ATS mark is 3-6 and over their last 10 road games, they are 4-6 vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record in Wake Forest games is 16-11. So far, their games have averaged 149.3 points, which is 1.9 points higher than the average over/under line of 147.4. Today’s over/under line of 135 is lower than the average scoring total in their games this year. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1.

Wake Forest’s offense is coming off a good game, putting up 83 points vs. Duke. Overall, they hit 60.4% of their shots from the field and went 16/22 from the free-throw line. Hunter Sallis led the scoring for the Demon Deacons, contributing 29 points. Additionally, Andrew Carr chipped in with 18 points.

Currently, the Demon Deacons’ defense holds the 113rd rank in the nation, allowing 69.7 points per game. Against Duke in their most recent game, the Wake Forest defense gave up a total of 79 points while allowing Duke to hit 60% of their shots.

Will the Fighting Irish Exceed Expectations at Home?

Notre Dame has been a better team at home this season, going 7-9 compared to 2-8 on the road. They have also been an underdog in 18 of their 27 games, going 4-14 in those games.

Coming off a narrow 88-85 loss to Syracuse, the Fighting Irish are 10-17 overall and 4-11 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. Over their last 10 home games, they are 4-6.

Notre Dame has an ATS record of 13-13 this season, including a mark of 6-10 at home. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Fighting Irish are 5-5 vs. the spread. At home, their ATS record is just 4-6 over their last 10 games.

Notre Dame’s over/under record this season is 8-18, and today’s line of 135 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (133). So far, 20 of their games have finished with less points than today’s OU line. In their last three games, the average scoring total is 135 points, which is equal to today’s over/under line.

Notre Dame’s offense is coming off a strong performance, scoring 85 points against Syracuse. They had an overall field goal percentage of 61.5% and made 9/12 free throws. The team’s top scorer is Markus Burton, who enters today’s matchup with an average of 16.7, while Braeden Shrewsberry also carries a PPG average of 10 into the game.

So far this season, the Notre Dame defense has been performing well, ranking 33rd in the country at 65.6 points allowed per contest. Against Syracuse in their most recent game, the Notre Dame defense gave up a total of 88 points while allowing Syracuse to hit 53% of their shots.