Wake Forest Demon Deacons (8-9) vs Virginia Cavaliers (16-1)Date : 01/22/2019
Time : 9:00 pm EST
Location : John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, Virginia
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Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs Virginia Cavaliers
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons will travel to John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Virginia, to face a Virginia Cavaliers team that will soon fall from their top ranking in the country, on Tuesday night at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. As stated, the Virginia Cavaliers played a solid game versus the Duke Blue Devils, however, AJ Barrett along with Zion Williamson torched them in the end as they ended the game with 30 and 27 points, respectively, as the rest of the team for the Blue Devils only garnered just 15 points, total.
On the other hand, Virginia’s offense certainly woke up, as it relates to shooting efficiency, as they shot over 50% from the floor on the night while getting 18 points from DeAndre Hunter along with 12 points from Kyle Guy in the loss.
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons could not extend the momentum of their win versus the North Carolina State Wolfpack at home as they fell to the Virginia Tech Hokies on the road in their last outing as they allowed the Hokies to connect on 11 3-pointers on the night while also shooting over 58% from the floor as the home team went up by 12 at the half while cruising to victory in the second. Nickeil Alexander-Walker led the Hokies with 24 points while also pulling down seven rebounds while, on the other hand, Brandon Childress was the only double-digit scorer for Wake Forest in the contest is he ended with 28 points while going 5-9 from three-point range in defeat.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons's Latest Performance :
Wake Forest happens to not only be losers of six of the last 10 games, but, they are also winless in their last four road games as well as the average margin of defeat was by 16 points. If their last outing versus the Virginia Tech Hokies on the road was any indication of how they will perform in this game versus the Virginia Cavaliers, Wake Forest may certainly be in for another bad night.
In other words, they shot just 33% from the floor versus a solid defense for Virginia Tech while going just 8-24 from three-point range as Childress powered in 28 points in the loss; However, could not locate additional scoring throughout as Jaylen Hoard went just 1-3 from the field while ending with seven points along with seven rebounds in addition to Chaundee Brown going just 3-10 from the field while ending with six points along with four rebounds.
As stated, Alexander-walker paced the offense for Virginia Tech as they possessed five double-digit scorers as Ty Outlaw along with Justin Robinson also chipped in 14 along with 13 points as well in the victory for the Hokies. Finally, Kerry Blackshear jr. ended with 11 point as he went 4-7 from the field.
Nonetheless, things seem to remain the same for Wake Forest as their offense has simply not been able to remain consistent while their defense continues to allow too many points to the opposition as opponents are shooting almost 46% from the floor versus the Demon Deacons per night. Unfortunately for Wake Forest, they will now face a Virginia team that will certainly be looking to get back into the win column after their slim loss to Duke. As stated, the Demon Deacons have been awful on the road recently and will certainly find their fair share of issues on the offensive end in looking to find some headway versus a Virginia defense that will be itching to get back in the win column with an extra special performance at home.
Virginia Cavaliers's Latest Performance :
In addition to Hunter and Guy leading the offensive charge for the Virginia Cavaliers versus the Duke Blue Devils, Ty Jerome was also responsible for 14 points in the contest as well, yet went only 1-5 from long range in the loss. And while Virginia’s shooting percentage certainly skyrocketed in this contest versus the Blue Devils, Virginia also allowed Duke to shoot over 50% from the floor, as well.
Combined, both teams connected on just 5-31 3-point attempts on the night; However, as stated, Duke was able to get to the line twice as many times as the Virginia Cavaliers, which ultimately tipped the scales in their favor in the end. Of course, this along with the fact that Williamson and Barrett continues to destroy teams from the field in recent outings as well as throughout the season. The 72 points allowed to Duke was the highest point total that they allowed in their last 10 games, overall. Nonetheless, they may indeed have success in this matchup as Wake Forest are losers of four of the last five games, overall, and continues to regress on both sides of the ball.
How Wake Forest Demon Deacons & Virginia Cavaliers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Wake Forest is 8 – 9 ATS while the OU is 7 – 10
Virginia is 14 – 3 ATS while the OU is 8 – 9
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for this to be a highly competitive contest on Tuesday night versus these two teams as the Cavaliers will certainly be wanting to put in a good performance versus a slumping Wake Forest squad. On the other hand, Wake Forest and it’s struggling offense will be looking to push the pace early and often versus a team in the Cavaliers that possesses a solid defense, one of the best in the nation, in my opinion. Of course, this philosophy by the Deacons will allow them to possibly catch the Cavaliers on its heels, more often than not. Unfortunately for Wake Forest, Virginia continues to be dominant at home throughout the year and will indeed look assert itself early on the defensive end in which to limit those opportunities.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Virginia Cavaliers
My reason for the pick :
I will back Virginia in this contest as I simply see no way in which the Demon Deacons can stay in this game due to their offense struggling the way it has recently. And while the Cavaliers are certainly not known for their offensive punch, look for them to perform solidly in this contest as Wake Forest’s defense has certainly not been at its best in 2018-19. It is for this reason that I expect the Virginia Cavaliers to stifle the offense of the Demon Deacons early in which to get them to turn the ball over. This philosophy will work masterfully as Virginia will pull out a convincing victory over a team in Wake Forest that will struggle, yet again, on both ends of the floor.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
The under has been the play in four of the last six home games for the Virginia Cavaliers while also being the result in three of the last four games, overall, for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Of course, with the way in which Wake Forest has struggled from the floor lately, one can only conclude that Virginia will have a solid day on the defensive end in that they will certainly do their best in which to remain aggressive versus Wake Forest throughout the contest. Virginia will certainly put some points on the board throughout this contest, yet, the win will certainly be attributed to the sheer aggressiveness and overall physicality of the Virginia defense as the home team will get the victory in what will be a highly competitive yet low-scoring affair.
Betting trends for Wake Forest Demon Deacons:
- The Demon Deacons are 4.6 against the spread in last 10 games
- The under is 3 – 1 in Demon Deacons last four games
Betting trends for Virginia Cavaliers:
- The Virginia Cavaliers are 9-1 against the spread in last 10 games
- The over is 3 – 1 in Cavaliers last four games