Charlotte 49ers (2-4) vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-3)Date : 12/09/2018
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : Lawrence Joel Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Charlotte 49ers vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons
To struggling teams in the Charlotte 49ers and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons will meet on Thursday night for a 7 p.m. eastern standard time showdown at Lawrence Joel Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The 49ers come into this matchup losers of two straight after they fell to the Charleston Cougars by a 72-64 score in their last outing as Charlotte outplayed Charleston and just about every way in making 10 threes on the night compared to only 6 for the home team while outrebounding the Cougars buy a 35-24 margin. Nonetheless, the 49ers committed 12 costly turnovers throughout the game while allowing Charleston to go to the line 21 times compared to only six for the road team en route to the defeat.
On the other hand, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons come into this match of losers of two of their last three games as they fell to the Richmond Spiders on the road in their last outing by an 84 – 74 score as the Spiders pulled away in the second half due to 24 points by Grant Golden as he went 10-20 from the floor on the night.
Charlotte 49ers's Latest Performance :
The defense for Charlotte is only allowing 65 points per game to their opponents while also allowing them to shoot an average of 44%. In fact, in there last five games, the 49ers have allowed opponents to score 70 or more points in only two of those contests. Their last meeting with the Charleston Cougars was one of those games as Charleston outpaced the 49ers throughout the duration of the game, despite making only six 3-pointers on the night, due to their ability to get to the free-throw line and make over 85% of their attempts.
The 49ers, in turn, made 100% of their attempts from the free-throw line yet ended the game with only six total attempts. Nonetheless, Charlotte was led by John Davis who went 6-16 from the floor while finishing with 21 points on the night while Malik Martin went 6-13 from the field while finishing with 14 points along with six rebounds for a Charlotte team that shot 44% from 3 point range for the night. In all, the defense has been the strength of this 49ers team in 2018 and will certainly be looking to exert themselves early and often versus a Wake Forest team that will be motivated to pull out a victory after a rough patch of play, lately.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons's Latest Performance :
As stated, Wake Forest has struggled on both sides of the ball, particularly on the defensive end, as they have allowed opponents at least 80 points per game during their current skid. They allowed 84 points to Richmond in their last matchup as the Spiders shot 44% from the field for the night while being led by Golden with 24 points while Nathan Kawellyo when 6-7 from the floor while finishing with 17 points for Richmond in the win.
On the other hand, the offense sputtered a bit for Wake Forest in this matchup as they shot only 42% on the night yet hit 10 three-pointers for the game with Brandon Childress along with Isaiah Mucius scored 17 points each in the loss for the Demon Deacons. Chaundee Brown ended the game with 16 points in going to 5 of 11 from the field also for Wake Forest.
As stated, Wake Forest has not been able to maintain their consistency on either side of the ball lately and will look to regain its spark on both ends of the floor versus a Charlotte team that find themselves in the midst of a rough patch of play to where they have lost four of their last six games overall.
How Charlotte 49ers & Wake Forest Demon Deacons Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Charlotte is 2 – 4 ATS while the OU is 3 – 3
Wake Forest is 2 – 5 ATS while the OU is 4 – 3.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
As stated, this will be a very interesting game in that both teams come into this matchup playing horribly on both ends of the court. On one hand, you have a Wake Forest team that simply cannot keep teams from scoring at critical moments in games. On the other hand, you have a team in the Charlotte 49ers that continues to struggle on the offensive end while their defense remains one of the best in the nation. In all, this will certainly be a slower paced yet competitive matchup amongst two teams desperate to pull out a much-needed victory.
Against The Spread Selection: Pickk: Wake Forest Demon Deacons
My reason for the pick :
Look for Charlotte to have a solid night on the defensive end in this match up on Thursday; However, look for the home team to pull off some big shots down the stretch in which to maintain a small lead while pulling out a slim victory over a solid, defensive-minded squad in Charlotte. As stated, both teams will certainly be looking to get a win in this matchup, however Wake Forest does have a bit of momentum, nonetheless, after winning their last home game versus Western Carolina and will certainly look to build from that momentum en route to a victory.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the under in this contest as Wake Forest will certainly be looking to have a much better performance, all around, than the one they exhibited in their last couple games. On the other hand, Charlotte will certainly have to bring their defensive A game as their offense continues to struggle in 2018 as they will certainly need to have a near-flawless game in which to pull out a victory in this contest. With that being said, the total will certainly stay well below is set limit, nonetheless.
Betting trends for Charlotte 49ers:
- The 49ers are 17-38 ATS in their last 55 games overall.
The 49ers are 18-37-1 ATS in their last 56 road games.
Betting trends for Wake Forest Demon Deacons:
- Over is 7-1 in Demon Deacons last 8 home games.
Over is 15-3 in Demon Deacons last 18 Thu. games.
The Demon Deacons are 7-21 ATS in their last 28 games overall