Duke Blue Devils vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons Prediction, 2/17/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Duke Blue Devils vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Location: Lawrence Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Duke (-5)
The Duke Blue Devils (8-8) travel to Lawrence Joel Coliseum on Wednesday where they'll take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-9). The line on this game has Duke as 5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 145.5.
Duke steps onto the hardwood with a mark of 8-8 on the campaign. The Blue Devils are connecting on 35.1% on shots from downtown (131 of 373) and 71.4% from the free throw line. They average 75.6 pts per game (80th in D-1) while going 46.3% from the floor. They are turning it over 13.3 times per contest and as a squad they commit 17.3 personal fouls per game. As a team, Duke is snagging 35.9 boards per contest and has earned 236 assists on the year, which has them ranked 183rd in D-1 in terms of passing. When they are on defense, the Blue Devils have forced 13.9 turnovers per game while drawing 15.1 fouls. They give up 38.3% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 231st in college basketball in PPG from their opponents (72.3). The Blue Devils defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 46.8% (422 of 902) and they surrender 32.8 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They rank 138th in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 212 relinquished on the year.
The Duke Blue Devils faced off with the NC State Wolfpack and walked away with a win by a score of 69-53 in their last contest. Duke wrapped up the contest with a 51.1% field goal percentage (24 of 47) and made 9 out of their 18 shots from distance. When they shot from the free throw line, the Blue Devils buried 12 of 17 tries for a rate of 70.6%. In terms of hauling in boards, they earned 21 with 5 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 11 assists for this game as well as getting 9 steals and 6 blocks. When talking about the defense, Duke allowed their opponent to shoot 51.1% from the field on 24 out of 47 shooting. North Carolina State doled out 8 dimes and had 8 steals in the matchup. Furthurmore, the Wolfpack pulled down 26 rebounds (7 offensive, 19 defensive) and got 6 rejections. North Carolina State finished 55.6% at the charity stripe by burying 5 of their 9 tries. They made 2 out of their 10 shots from long range.
Mark Williams is a guy who was a major contributor in this game. He notched 13 points on 5 out of 9 shooting. He played for 27 mins and snagged 3 rebounds. Williams finished 55.6% from the floor and distributed 2 assists. Another guy that came through in this contest for the Blue Devils was DJ Steward. He grabbed 2 boards and also accumulated 4 assists. He finished the game shooting 62.5% from the floor for the game via 5-of-8 (12 points). At the conclusion of this game, Steward was on the hardwood for 30 min.
Wake Forest has a win-loss record of 6-9 on the season. The Demon Deacons are committing 17.3 personal fouls every game and they hit 73.4% from the charity stripe. They are getting an assist 12.3 times per game (252nd in Division 1) and they are turning it over 14.1 times per game. Wake Forest has accumulated 1,054 points for the campaign (70.3 per contest) and they collect 34.1 rebounds per contest. As an offense, the Demon Deacons are connecting on 43.1% from the floor, which has them ranked 234th in the nation. The Demon Deacons on the defensive end are ranked 177th in college hoops in PPG given up with 70.0. The Wake Forest defense allows 35.7% on 3-point attempts (106 of 297) and their opponents are knocking down 70.2% of their shots from the free throw line. They have relinquished 13.5 dimes and 33.2 boards per contest, which is 212th and 100th in college basketball. They have forced 13.1 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 45.0% from the field (247th in D-1).
In their last game, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons went home defeated by a final of 92-85 against the Florida State Seminoles. The Demon Deacons recorded 22 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 30 for the matchup. They also blocked 2 tries while recording 3 steals for the game. The Seminoles had 18 personal fouls for the contest which got the Demon Deacons to the charity stripe for a total of 25 attempts. They were able to make 18 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 72.0%. Regarding 3-pointers, Wake Forest converted 13 of 27 attempts (48.1%). Overall, the Demon Deacons walked away from this one shooting 27 for 60 from the field which gave them a rate of 45.0%. The Demon Deacons allowed the Seminoles to bury 27 of 59 attempts from the field which left them shooting 45.8% in this game. They went 48.0% from 3-point land via 12 out of 25 and finished the contest at 26 of 35 from the free throw line (74.3%). When talking about how they attacked the glass, Wake Forest permitted Florida State to pull down 36 in all (12 on the offensive glass).
Ian Dubose pitched in for the Demon Deacons for this game. He buried 6 of 9 in the game for a field goal percentage of 66.7%, which gave him 18 points. Dubose totaled 4 boards in his 32 mins played and tallied 5 assists for the contest. Someone else that was pivotal for Wake Forest was Daivien Williamson. He accumulated 13 points in 39 minutes played by going 5 out of 13 from the floor in this game. Williamson ended up shooting 38.5% from the floor and also totaling 2 assists and 2 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Wake Forest (+5)
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