The Duke Blue Devils (+1,200 to win the 2020 NCAA Championship) are always a tough nut to crack wherever they play, but especially when they are in Durham. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons (+100,000) know that very well, but they also know that the Blue Devils have been upset earlier this season at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Will we see another upset in Duke’s home?
Betting Preview for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs Duke Blue Devils NCAA College Basketball Game on January 11 2020
Where: Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham
When: Saturday, January 11, 2020, 8:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (8-5 Overall / 1-2 Conference)
Wake Forest have seemingly flipped a switch. The Demon Deacons had a three-game losing skid in December halted by a big 80-78 home win over then-no.23 Xavier Musketeers just before Christmas at home, 80-78. That was followed by back-to-back wins over the North Carolina A&T Aggies (76-64) and the Pittsburgh Panthers (69-65). The Demon Deacons will have a date with no. 10 Florida State Seminoles first before taking on Duke, so their showing against the ‘Noles will be indicative of Wake Forest’s form heading into the date with the Blue Devils. In any case, the Demon Deacons. Wake Forest edged the Panthers thanks to its 18-for-25 line line from the field. The Demon Deacons also hit nine 3-pointers, but it was their ability to get to the charity stripe is what they’re more known for this season. The Demon Deacons have plenty of energetic players, which is a big reason why they are second in the league with 18.4 free-throw attempts per game. They will have to show that kind of aggressiveness early against Duke in hopes of putting key Blue Devils players in foul trouble.
The under is 2-0-1 in the Demon Deacons’ last three games on the road.
Betting on the Duke Blue Devils (13-1 Overall/3-0 Conference)
Outside of their stunning loss to the Stephen F. Lumberjacks at home back in December, the Blue Devils have been mostly dominant this season. In their most recent outing, the Blue Devils clobbered the Miami Hurricanes on the road, 95-62. The tandem of Vernon Carey Jr. and Cassius Stanley had a total of 44 points while Matthew Hurt had 13. There was stopping Duke in that game, as it made 59.7 percent of its shots and went 6-for-14 from behind the arc. Duke totally owned the glass with 41 rebounds to just 24 by Miami. Duke is ninth in the nation in rebounding with 41.9 boards per game and fourth with 12.6 offensive rebounds per contest. Duke is just as intense on the other end of the court, as the Blue Devils are third in adjusted defensive efficiency with opponents scoring just 84.1 points per 100 possessions.
The Blue Devils are 2-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last three home games.
Duke wins, 82-61.
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