Duke Blue Devils vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons, Betting Preview, Spread, Money Line, Total, Picks and Prediction

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DUKE BLUE DEVILS WAKE FOREST DEMON DEACONS
15-5 January 28, 3:00 PM | Joel Coliseum 12-8

When: 3:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 28, 2017
Where: Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
TV: 3 p.m. ET, ACC Network
Duke at Wake Forest, Las Vegas Odds

Team  Spread Money Line Total
Duke Blue Devils -6 -110 -250 163.5 -110
Wake Forest Demon Deacons +6 -110 +210 163.5 -110

The Duke Blue Devils and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons will both be trying to pick up a win on Saturday when they battle at Joel Coliseum.

ABOUT DUKE (15-5, 3-4 ACC): The Blue Devils’ struggles are nearly inexplicable, considering the wealth of talent on the roster. Luke Kennard (19.8 points, 5.5 rebounds) leads five double-digit scorers and Amile Jefferson (12.7, 9.9) nearly averages a double-double, but the play at the defensive end has been mediocre of late. Capel left several starters on the bench while defensive whiz Matt Jones sparked a second-half rally in a win over Miami on Jan. 21, and the reserves might be called upon more often if Duke’s first string doesn’t show more aggression on defense.

ABOUT WAKE FOREST (12-8, 3-5): The Demon Deacons are a dynamic offensive team – especially at home, where they average 87.9 points on 50 percent shooting. Big man John Collins (17 points, nine rebounds) leads the team in scoring and rebounding, but four players average double digits in points while seven score at least 6.5 per game. Bryant Crawford (14.6 points, 5.9 assists) and Keyshawn Woods (12.9 points) need to have bounce-back games after combining for 19 points on 6-of-15 shooting against Syracuse.

Bovada Sportsbook currently has the Blue Devils listed as 6-point favorites versus the Demon Deacons, while the game’s total is sitting at 163.5.

Wake Forest was a 81-76 loser in its last match on the road against Orange. They failed to cover the +4-point spread as underdogs.

Duke lost its last outing, a 84-82 result against Wolfpack on January 23. They failed to cover in that game as a -16.5-point favorite.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski has been relegated to watching 17th-ranked Duke from afar since having back surgery early this month, and he hasn’t liked what he has seen. Krzyzewski reportedly has banned players from the locker room and from wearing team apparel “until they start living up to the standards of the Duke program” – which they hope to work toward when they visit Wake Forest on Saturday.

Sources told ESPN that Krzyzewski doled out the penalties at a team meeting at his house Tuesday evening – one night after an 84-82 home loss to North Carolina State that dropped the Blue Devils back below .500 in ACC play. Duke has lost three of its last four and is 2-3 under acting coach Jeff Capel. The Blue Devils have yet to win a true road game this season, losing at Virginia Tech, Florida State and Louisville by an average of 13 points. The Demon Deacons also have been inconsistent in ACC play and are coming off an 81-76 defeat at Syracuse on Tuesday, but three of their five conference losses have come against ranked opponents.

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Duke:
Team record: 15-5 SU,8-11 ATS
Duke is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Duke is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Duke’s last 7 games

Wake Forest:
Team record: 12-8 SU,11-9 ATS
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Wake Forest’s last 5 games
Wake Forest is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Wake Forest is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Duke at Notre Dame Monday, January 30
Wake Forest at Boston College Tuesday, January 31

TIP-INS

1. Duke has won four straight meetings, with Wake Forest’s most recent victory in the series coming in 2014.

2. The Demon Deacons have lost nine straight home games against ranked opponents since posting an 82-72 victory over No. 5 Duke on March 5, 2014.

3. The Blue Devils are 13-0 when committing fewer turnovers than their opponent.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Wake Forest Demon Deacons will cover the spread at +6 and the game will stay under 163.5 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Duke 81, Wake Forest 77 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage

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