Wake Forest Demon Deacons (7-7) vs Miami Hurricanes (8-6)Date : 01/12/2019
Time : 2:00 pm EST
Location : Watsco Center, Miami, Florida
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Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs Miami Hurricanes
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons will travel to Watsco Center in Miami, Florida, in which the battle the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. After winning three straight games recently, the Miami Hurricanes have regressed in losing their last two games as they suffered a huge conference loss to the Louisville Cardinals in the last time as the Hurricanes had a decent shooting first half while going up 41-40 at the break. Nonetheless, the road team was outscored heavily in the second half as the Cardinals were able to shoot 48% from the floor on the night while ending with 13 three pointers in the victory.
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are now in free-fall mode as they have lost four of their last five games, overall, as they fell at home to the Duke Blue Devils as their defense was non-existent throughout the contest as they allowed 40 points or more in each half for the Blue Devils, who shot 58% for the game, while the home team shot just 33% from the floor.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons's Latest Performance :
Wake Forest Illustrated while they are on their current losing streak in their last outing versus the Duke Blue Devils. In other words, the Demon Deacons’ lack of consistent offense along with an inability to prevent teams from scoring was the culprit, once again, as Wake Forest fell behind early while going down by 8 points at the half. On the other hand, in the second half, the Blue Devils begun to pull away as they outscored Wake Forest 45 – 31 during this time as the Demon Deacons ended the game shooting a dismal 32% shooting while connecting on 9 for 18 3-point attempts, as stated.
On the other hand, Duke shot 58% from the floor while going 7-23 from three-point range. And despite Wake Forest gracing the free throw line 28 times, they were only able to convert 17 of those attempts for the night as they were also heavily outrebounded by the Blue Devils in this contest, as well. Finally, both teams turned the ball over frequently as Wake Forest had 15 turnovers of their own while the home team could not capitalized off 17 turnovers in the contest.
Nonetheless, Wake Forest will look to suit up, once again, in which to pick up a much-needed conference victory in this matchup versus a struggling Miami Hurricanes squad. As stated, Wake Forest continues to stink it up both at home and on the road, lately, as they are winless in their last three road games, as stated.
Miami Hurricanes's Latest Performance :
The Miami Hurricanes are in the midst of a rough patch in where their offense has certainly taken a step back while their defense has also not been consistent as they usually are. And while their last matchup versus the Florida State Seminoles was much more competitive than their performance in a blowout loss to the Louisville Cardinals in their prior outing, the results were the same as the Hurricanes suffered a six-point setback to the Florida State Seminoles thanks to just 37% shooting from the floor along with a three-point conversion rate of just 22%. Chris Lykes along with Anthony Florence II led the team with 17 and 14 points, respectively. The only other double-digit score for Miami was Ebuka Izundu, who chipped in 14 points while also pulling down nine rebounds and the loss.
On the other hand, the Hurricanes allowed just 42% shooting on the night for the Seminoles while the home team was able to convert on just six of 28 3-point attempts as David Nichols along with PJ Savoy led team with 14 and 13 points coming off the bench. With that being said, Miami was simply outplayed at critical points in this contest as they were also outrebounded by a 38-29 margin in addition to committing 12 turnovers, to boot. Nonetheless, the Hurricanes are winners of three of their last four home games as they will see to turn the tide versus a Wake Forest team that has not only been atrocious lately in losing for their last five games, overall; But, are also losers of their last three road games as well.
How Wake Forest Demon Deacons & Miami Hurricanes Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Wake Forest is 6-8 against the spread while the OU is 6-8
Miami is 4 – 10 against the spread while the OU is 6-8
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will certainly be an interesting matchup in the ACC on Saturday afternoon versus two teams that are struggling at this point in the season and are desperately in need of a win. Both teams possess their own set of offensive issues in 2018 that they will certainly need to address in which to pick up some wins moving forward. However, I look for this to be a very competitive and exciting ACC match up to where each team will be fighting hard in which to pick up a much-needed conference victory.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Miami Hurricanes
My reason for the pick :
I will have to back to Miami Hurricanes in this contest as I simply have little to no confidence that Wake Forest will perform consistently in this matchup on the road on Saturday. With that being said, look for a Miami to look to establish themselves on the defensive end of the floor in which to neutralize an already inconsistent offense for Wake Forest that seemingly cannot find the bottom of the bucket these days. On the other hand, there offenses will hit some critical shots throughout the contest in which to allow for the home team to consistently control the pace of this game en route to a coveted victory.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
The under has been the play in four the last five home games for the Miami Hurricanes while it has also been the result in five of the last seven games, overall, for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. With that being said, look for this to also be the play in this matchup as I certainly see these struggling offenses for both teams having issues, once again, versus two defenses that will be looking to put in much better performances due to their offenses lack of ability to put points on the board on a more consistent basis.
Betting trends for Wake Forest Demon Deacons:
- The Demon Deacons are 4-6 against the spread in last 10 games
- Thunder is 5-2 in Demon Deacons last seven games
Betting trends for Miami Hurricanes:
- The Hurricanes are 1-6 against the spread in the last 7 games
- The under is 5-3 in Hurricanes last eight games