The Penn State Nittany Lions (6-1) will be at home in the Bryce Jordan Center when they meet the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (5-3). The Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 145 points with Penn State set as a 12-point favorite. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:15 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, and it can be seen on ESPNU.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Penn State Nittany Lions Odds Preview
The Demon Deacons fell to the No. 14 Arizona Wildcats in their last outing, 73-66. With 21 points on 6-for-10 shooting, Olivier Sarr was the top scorer from either team. Arizona held the Demon Deacons to an effective field goal percentage of 0.364 (below their season average of 0.488). Wake Forest, on the other hand, did an excellent job of getting to and converting from the charity stripe (23-26; 88.5 percent).
The last time the Nittany Lions played, they blew out the Syracuse Orange, 85-64. Penn State rallied around Mike Watkins, who finished with 15 points and 16 rebounds. Penn State played a nearly flawless game. They had a ridiculous offensive rebounding percentage of 52.3 (above their season average of 30.4) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.478 (below their season average of 0.530). For those same stats, Syracuse was 17.1 and 0.389, respectively.
The offense of Wake Forest will go head-to-head against the stingy defense of Penn State. Dating back to the 2018-19 season, the Demon Deacons rank 274th in offensive efficiency, while the Nittany Lions are 89th in defensive efficiency. The Nittany Lions figure to have the edge on that side of the ball.
Neither team has shown a tendency in terms of going over or under the O/U total. The Nittany Lions have the superior straight up (SU) record (6-1 vs. 5-3), but the Demon Deacons have been superior against the spread (ATS) (5-3 vs. 4-2).
Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Penn State Nittany Lions ATS Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Penn State, ATS Winner – Penn State, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
Penn State ranks 93rd in assists allowed per game (12.1) while Wake Forest ranks 261st (14.6).