The Duke Blue Devils and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons are side by side in the ACC standings. Who will get the win in Tuesday’s game at Winston-Salem? Will it be No. 2 Duke? Or will it be the upset-seeking home team Wake Forest? Check out our preview below of this Duke-Wake Forest ACC college basketball matchup.
Betting Preview for the Duke Blue Devils vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons NCAA College Basketball Game on January 12 2022
Where: Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem, NC
When: Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 7:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: CBS
Betting on the Duke Blue Devils (odds)
Record: 12-2 Overall / 1-2 Conference
Duke must be itching to see action again after getting stunned by the Miami Hurricanes in a 76-74 home loss last Saturday. The loss ended the Blue Devils’ five-game losing skid. Despite the loss to the Canes, Duke remains a big threat to any team. For one, it’s bagged a couple of wins against serious national championship contenders this season already. The Blue Devils smoked both the Kentucky Wildcats and the Gonzaga Bulldogs back in November. Since then, their biggest win has been that one against the Virginia Tech Hokies at home on Dec. 22. Duke boasts itself of having arguably the best player in the nation today in Paolo Banchero, who leads the team with 17.3 points per game on 49.4 percent shooting from the field. The Blue Devils are also showing true dedication on defense, which is why they are 23rd in adjusted defensive efficiency.
Duke is 5-3-2 against the spread in its last 10 games as the home team.
Betting on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (odds)
Record: 13-3 Overall / 3-2 Conference
Wake Forest is on a groove, having won their last two games against the Florida State Seminoles (76-54) and versus the Syracuse Orange (77-74) – both at home. Apart from those wins, the Demon Deacons have also scored wins against quality teams such as the Northwestern Wildcats and the Virginia Tech Hokies, earlier this season. Wake Forest does seem to have the firepower to keep in step with the Blue Devils. Guard Alondes Williams lead Wake Forest’s offense with 20.4 points per game, while four others on the team average at least 8.2 points per contest. As a team, the Demon Deacons are 17th in the nation with 80.0 points per game. They don’t shoot the ball well from deep but are elite inside the arc.
Wake Forest, which is fourth in the nation with a 58.8 percent 2-point shooting percentage, is 3-2 against the spread in its last five meetings with the Blue Devils, dating back to 2019.
Duke wins, 77-72.
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