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Duke Blue Devils vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons Betting Pick

Time: 7 PM EST Wednesday March 5, 2014, ESPN2

Location: Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons host the 4th ranked Duke Blue Devils in an ACC match up.

In their last games: Duke beat Virginia Tech 66-48 and Wake Forest lost to Boston College 80-72.

In their win over Virginia Tech the Blue Devils struggled with their shot, but they played good defense, forced 15 turnovers, and grabbed 14 offensive rebounds.

In their loss to Boston College Wake was dominated on the glass and gave up 13 offensive rebounds.

Earlier this season at Duke the Blue Devils beat the Demon Deacons 83-63.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

Wake Forest has lost 8 of their last 9 games.

In the last 5 games between these 2 teams the total has gone Over 4 times.

Wake Forest is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against Duke.

The Demon Deacons have dropped 4 of their last 5 games at home after opening 12-0.

Wake Forest is 1-3 this season facing ranked teams.

Betting Odds

Point Spread: – Duke -12
Total Line: 143.5
Money Line: Blue Devils -900 / Demon Deacons +600

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Duke Blue Devils: 23-6 SU 17-11-1 ATS
Wake Forest Demon Deacons: 15-11 SU 10-15 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• DUKE is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games.
• DUKE is 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
• DUKE has an Under record of 5-0 in their last 5 games.
• WAKE is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.
• WAKE is 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
• WAKE has an Under record of 8-2 in their last 10 games.

Sagarin Power Rankings
Duke Blue Devils: 91.24
Wake Forest Demon Deacons: 75.69

Key Player Injuries

Blue Devils
[F] 12/06/2013 – Alex Murphy expected to transfer ( Undisclosed )

Demon Deacons

No injuries to report at this time.

Point Spread Pick:

The Blue Devils are 12 -4 straight up in their last 16 games with a 9-6-1 against the spread mark. What is interesting to note is that over that stretch Duke is a modest 4-4 SU and 5-3 ATS on the road. The Blue Devils have been burning money as of late, after covering the line in 7 consecutive games they’ve only covered 1 in their last 5. It’s been worse for Demon Deacon backers who have cashed only once in their last 9. It must be noted that Wake Forest is 4-4 at home against the conference with the highest losing margin being 10 to Syracuse.
Take Wake Forest Demon Deacons +12.

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