Duke Going After 24th Straight Home Win in Series
Duke is coming off one of its best performances of the season as the Blue Devils never trailed on the way to a 43-point win at Georgia Tech. Now they are back at Cameron Indoor Stadium looking to remain undefeated at home.
Speaking of success on its home court, Duke has won 23 straight games at Cameron Indoor Stadium against Wake Forest, a streak that began in 1998.
Duke ranks fourth nationally in rebound margin (+9.1), ninth in offensive rebounds (13.6) and 13th in rebounds per game (39.7) and is the ACC leader in all three categories. Wake Forest outrebounded Duke in the first meeting between the teams this season.
Wake Forest is in the top 50 in 3-point percentage, connecting on 37.2% of its shots from distance.
Guard Jao Ituka will miss the rest of the season for Wake Forest. He played in just six games this season. For Duke, Dariq Whitehead missed the last game with a leg injury and he is questionable.
Duke fell out of both the Associated Press and the coaches’ poll this week. The Blue Devils are still receiving votes in both polls.
According to the college basketball odds, Duke (+1000) is 17th in the odds to reach the Final Four. Wake Forest is well back at +6600. Duke (+1200) is tied for fifth in the odds to win the ACC title.
Let’s check the latest college basketball news, stats, injury reports and college basketball lines for Wake Forest vs Duke. We’ve got plenty of NCAA basketball picks for you to consider.
Perimeter Defense Needs Some Work
Wake Forest has dropped three games in a row and the last two were two-point decisions.
Looking for what led to those heartbreaking defeats? Starting with the inability to defend on the perimeter would be a good place to start.
The Demon Deacons gave up 15 3-pointers to Virginia and followed that up by allowing 15 more to Pittsburgh.
Over the last three games, opponents are 41 of 88 from 3-point range as Wake Forest has been outscored by 45 points on 3-pointers during the losing streak. Those tough outings dropped the Demon Deacons to 12th in the ACC in 3-point percentage defense.
Wake Forest has covered against the college basketball betting lines in seven of its last 10 games.
Filipowski Filling It Up
With four freshmen expected to start, Duke has little choice but to rely on the first-year players.
Kyle Filipowski is running away with the ACC Freshman of the Year award. He is a seven-time winner of the ACC Rookie of the Week award and he will be one of the top candidates for the national award.
7x ROTW ✅ @kylefilipowski 👀 pic.twitter.com/PtjkOPkbB4
— Duke Men’s Basketball (@DukeMBB) January 30, 2023
Over his last five games, he is averaging 22 points and 12 rebounds. Classmate Tyrese Proctor has scored in double digits in four of his last five games. Whitehead had back-to-back double-digit scoring games before missing the last game.
Whitehead has missed five games, Dereck Lively has sat out two games and Jeremy Roach was out for four games.
Duke has covered against the Las Vegas odds in just one of its last seven games.
Wake Forest vs Duke Game Injuries
Wake Forest vs Duke Head-to-Head
Duke had won four games in a row against Wake Forest and 15 of the last 16 meetings before the Demon Deacons won 81-70 on Dec. 20 as a 6½-point underdog at home.
Tyree Appleby had 18 points as all five Wake Forest starters scored in double figures. Mark Mitchell led Duke with 14 points in the first meeting between the teams this season.
Five of the last seven meetings between the teams finished over the total.
Wake Forest vs Duke Game Information
- Game: Wake Forest (14-8, 6-5 ACC) vs Duke (15-6, 6-4)
- Location: Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, NC
- Day/Time: Tuesday, Jan. 31st, 7:00 p.m. ET
- Wake Forest vs Live Stream: TBS.com
Wake Forest vs Duke Betting Lines
Wake Forest vs Duke Picks and Prediction
Duke has struggled with its consistency and that is hardly surprising with a starting lineup dominated by freshman and a first-year head coach. After a dominating performance against Georgia Tech, the Blue Devils look to follow it up against a struggling Wake Forest team.
Wake Forest outscored Duke 22-10 at the foul line in the first meeting but don’t look for that to happen with this game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Each of the last 10 Wake Forest games went over the total. However, five of Duke’s last seven games finished under the total so those who bet online might want to keep that in mind when looking at the total of 146½ in this matchup.
Duke has covered in just five of its 10 home games.
Duke is 15-4 when listed by the sportsbook as the favorite. Wake Forest is just 3-5 as an underdog. Even with Duke’s track record against Wake Forest at home, the eight-point line might be a little bit on the high side.
Wake Forest is listed at +285 in our Las Vegas college basketball lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Demon Deacons, you have a chance to win $285. Duke is -360, offering a chance to win $28 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Wake Forest a 25.97% chance to win, with Duke at 78.26%.