Duke Blue Devils vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons Prediction, 12/20/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Duke Blue Devils vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Date: Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Location: Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, NC
Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum is the location where the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (8-4) will compete against the Duke Blue Devils (10-2) on Tuesday.
The Duke Blue Devils faced Maryland Eastern Shore and went home with a win by a final score of 82-55 in their last contest. With respect to fouls, the Blue Devils finished with 7 while Maryland Eastern Shore totaled 17 fouls. They also knocked down 9 out of their 25 tries from three-point range. Maryland Eastern Shore went 100.0% from the charity stripe by burying 2 of their 2 shots. In addition, Maryland Eastern Shore totaled 15 rebounds (3 offensive, 12 defensive), but couldn't earn a rejection. Maryland Eastern Shore dished out 16 dimes and had 14 steals in the matchup. When it comes to the defense, Duke let their opponent shoot 39.3% from the floor on 22 of 56 shooting. They also dished out 18 dimes for the matchup while forcing 17 turnovers and earning 10 steals. When talking about hauling in boards, they collected 40 with 14 of them being of the offensive variety. From the free throw line, the Blue Devils buried 12 of their 13 tries for a rate of 92.3%. Duke finished the game having earned a 51.7% field goal percentage (31 out of 60) and made 8 of 20 three-point shots.
Tyrese Proctor is one guy who came through in the matchup. He finished 55.6% from the field and also totaled 2 dimes. He played for 26 minutes and snagged 2 rebounds. He ended up with 15 points on 5 out of 9 shooting.
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Duke comes into this matchup with a win-loss mark of 10-2 on the season. They average 73.2 pts per contest (166th in the country) while shooting 43.9% from the field. The Blue Devils are shooting 31.7% on shots from 3-point land (80 of 252) and 78.3% from the free throw line. As a unit, Duke is pulling down 40.8 rebounds per contest and has totaled 172 assists on the season, which is 105th in Division 1 in terms of passing the rock. They cough up possession 11.8 times per game and as a squad they are committing 14.8 personal fouls on a nightly basis.
On the defensive end, the Blue Devils are able to force 13.1 turnovers every game while drawing 17.8 personal fouls. They are giving up 27.1% on 3-point shots while they are 14th in Division 1 in points per game allowed (58.7). The Blue Devils defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 39.8% (268 of 674) and they relinquish 29.8 boards per contest as a unit. They are 120th in D-1 in allowing assists to their opponents with 131 conceded for the season.
When they last stepped on the court, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons took a defeat with a final score of 81-57 against Rutgers. The Demon Deacons were able to pull down 17 defensive boards and 6 offensive rebounds for a total of 23 in the matchup. They coughed up the ball 19 times, while getting 6 steals in the game. Rutgers committed 14 personal fouls in this game which got the Demon Deacons to the free throw line for 9 attempts. They were able to knock down 6 of the free throw tries for a rate of 66.7%. Concerning shots from distance, Wake Forest knocked down 11 out of their 26 tries (42.3%). When this game wrapped up, the Demon Deacons went 20 for 50 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 40.0%. The Demon Deacons permitted Rutgers to knock down 31 out of their 53 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 58.5% for the game. They went 31.6% from three-point range by shooting 6 out of 19 and ended up going 13 out of 19 at the free throw line (68.4%). In regard to attacking the glass, Wake Forest allowed Rutgers to get 30 in total (7 on the offensive side).
Damari Monsanto ended up being a factor for the Demon Deacons for this contest. He totaled 22 points in his 32 mins on the court, but wasn't able to tally an assist. He knocked down 7 of 15 in the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 46.7%, and had 3 rebounds.
Wake Forest has a record of 8-4 this season. The Demon Deacons commit 16.1 personal fouls per game and they go 74.3% from the charity stripe. They are assisting teammates 12.7 times per contest (248th in Division 1) and they are losing possession via turnover 13.8 times per game. Wake Forest has scored 901 points on the campaign (75.1 per game) and they collect 35.3 rebounds per contest. As an offense, the Demon Deacons are shooting 46.2% from the floor, which is ranked 115th in college hoops.
The Wake Forest defense surrenders 33.1% on shots from 3-point land (103 of 311) and opponents are knocking down 68.8% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have given up 11.8 dimes and 33.6 boards per contest, which is 128th and 147th in D-1. The Demon Deacons on the defensive side of the court are 239th in college hoops in points allowed per contest with 70.8. They are forcing their opponents into 14.1 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 43.0% from the field (197th in D-1).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Duke
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