North Carolina State Wolfpack (14-2) vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons (7-8)Date : 01/15/2019
Time : 8:00 pm EST
Location : Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
North Carolina State Wolfpack vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Two ACC teams trending in different directions will meet up at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston Salem, North Carolina, as the North Carolina State Wolfpack will battle the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Tuesday night at 8 pm EST. Wake finds itself within the cellar of the division while losing four of their last five outings as they are coming off a second straight 65 point effort versus the Miami Hurricanes as they allowed the home team to shoot 45% from the floor while also making good on 11 three pointers as the Demon Deacons lost their third straight as a result.
North Carolina State rebounded from a conference loss to instate rival UNC Tarheels by edging the Pitt Panthers at home as the Wolfpack shot only 42% from the floor yet were able to push the pace of the game throughout as they had 71 shot attempts on the night compared to just 55 for their opponent. On the other hand, NC State also outrebounded Pittsburgh in this contest while also capitalized on 16 turnovers during the contest en route to the victory.
North Carolina State Wolfpack 's Latest Performance :
In fact, the 80 points allowed to the Pitt Panthers was the third straight game to where they allowed 80 or more points to their opponents. Nonetheless, their offense has been on fire lately as they are averaging 94 points per game in the last five games, overall. And while the Wolfpack certainly did not shoot well from the floor as a team versus the Panthers at just 42%, as stated, they were certainly able to get up and down the floor at a fast rate as they were able to put up 71 shots for the game. Also, with contributions off the bench from Devon Daniels along with DJ Funderburk who ended the game with 19 and 18 points, respectively, certainly provided a lift to the North Carolina State Wolfpack on this night.
Sixteen turnovers was certainly the key to the game as the Wolfpack was also able to outrebound Pitt in this matchup by a 38-30 margin. Leading scorer for the season in Torin Dorn struggled on the night as he went 4-14 from the floor while ending with just 12 points; Yet, Dorn was able to pull down 12 rebounds for his 2nd straight double double. On the other hand, Pitt was led by Xavier Johnson who posted 25 points in the loss yet committed six turnovers on the night.
In all, NC state has been on a roll lately due to their ability to simply outshoot their opponents on a nightly basis. And with their defense has certainly not been overly efficient in any way, they will certainly look to lead with their offense in this contest versus a Wake Forest team that has also stunk things up on the defensive side of the floor lately, as well.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons's Latest Performance :
Chaundee Brown powered in 22 points as he lead Wake Forest in scoring in their matchup vs the Miami Hurricanes as he went 9-15 from the floor while leading scorer in 2018, Brandon Childress, struggled from the field as he went 2-12 on the night while ending with just 11 points while dishing out seven assists. This outing marked the second time in his many games that Childress scored less than 15 points as he is only averaging just 12 in the last two games for Wake Forest.
Nonetheless, the offensive problems for Wake Forest persisted in this matchup as they shot under 40% for the game while connecting on just 7-33 attempts from three-point range as Childress went 2-9 in this area while Sharone Wright Jr also went 1-5 in the loss. Chris Lykes powered in 25 points for the Miami Hurricanes in the win as he went 14-14 from the free-throw line on the night as the Canes went 19-23 in this area while shooting a tad over 80% from the line as a team.
An alarming statistic for the Demon Deacons is that they have allowed 80 or more points in three of their last four games, overall. As stated, the offense continues to struggle at they have decreased their production to just 73 points per game on 42% shooting for the year. They may indeed struggle, defensively, in this matchup vs a North Carolina State Wolfpack team that is shooting 50% from the floor while averaging over 80 points per game in 2018. Nonetheless, the defense for North Carolina State, despite allowing just 42% shooting on a nightly basis to opponents, has allowed 80 or more points in their last three games as was the case in their last matchup versus a struggling offense for Pitt.
How North Carolina State Wolfpack & Wake Forest Demon Deacons Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
North Carolina State is 11-5 ATS while the OU is 7-8
Wake Forest is 6-9 ATS while the OU is 6-9
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will certainly be a very exciting ACC matchup amongst two teams that will be looking to either continue their recent success, or, to erect themselves from a rough patch of play in which to string together some victories. Look for both teams to attempt to push the pace in this contest as they will be looking to pick up some buckets in transition versus two defenses that has struggled lately.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: North Carolina State
My reason for the pick :
It will be important to note that the Wolfpack picked up a slim victory over the Miami Hurricanes in their last road game. And their road game prior versus the Wisconsin Badgers, North Carolina State also played well while falling by only four points. In all, one should expect North Carolina State to come out on top in this matchup vs a Demon Deacon squad that continues to reel at a critical point in the season. In fact, Wake Forest are losers of two of their last three home games, overall, as they fell by 22 points to Blue Devils in their last outing at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
The fact is that NC State is ranked in the top six in the nation in total points scored per game along with field goal percentage. Combine this with the fact that Wake Forest has allowed 80 or more points in two of the last three games, overall, I will certainly back the over in this contest as a strong play. Also, with the way in which NC State has played defense lately, look for the Demon Deacons to keep this game interesting for a bit as they will take advantage of a shaky defensive unit for the Wolfpack.
Betting trends for North Carolina State Wolfpack :
- The Wolfpack are 7-3 in last ten games
- The Over is 6-4 in Wolfpack last ten games
Betting trends for Wake Forest Demon Deacons:
- The Demon Deacons are 1-4 ATS in last five games
- The Under is 7-3 in Demon Deacons last ten games