No. 1 Duke at Wake Forest: Free ACC Basketball Pick
The Duke Blue Devils return to action this Tuesday night in a road game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Game time on ESPN from Lawrence Joel Coliseum is set for 7 p.m.
Duke retained its No. 1 ranking in the national polls this week following a 87-68 romp over Clemson as a 15-point home favorite in Saturday’s ACC opener. The Blue Devils are 12-1 straight-up through their first 13 games with a 9-4 record against the spread. The total went OVER 151 points in the win against the Tigers after staying UNDER BetAnySports’ closing line in 10 of their first 12 games.
Three of five starters ended Saturday’s game in double figures with another two players scoring at least 11 points off the bench. Zion Williamson led the way with 25 points while going 9-for-11 from the field. He posted a double-double against Clemson with 10 rebounds. He is second on the team in scoring this season with 20.2 points per game. RJ Barrett continues to lead the way with 22.9 points as part of Duke’s overall scoring average of 91.2 PPG.
The Demon Deacons opened play in the ACC with a 92-79 road loss to Georgia Tech on Saturday as 7.5-point underdogs. They have lost three of their last four games to fall to 7-6 SU on the year. After failing to cover BetAnySports closing line in that last loss, they are 6-7 ATS. Wake Forest is 3-4 ATS at home this season with the total going OVER in four of their last seven games overall.
Freshman forward Jaylen Hoard scored 23 points with 15 rebounds in a recent win against Cornell. He put up 19 points with eight rebounds in Saturday’s losing effort. He is Wake Forest’s second-leading scorer with 15.5 points per game behind Brandon Childress, who is averaging 17.5 points a night. The Demon Deacons are scoring an average of 74.8 PPG while allowing an average of 73.7 points at the other end of the court.
Playing an in-state conference rival on the road is always tougher than expected, but I like Duke’s chances to beat the Demon Deacons by more points than BetAnySports’ current posted spread.