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Tonight's college basketball slate features the No. 4-ranked Duke Blue Devils (25-4) at home against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (11-17). The Blue Devils have struggled since losing Zion Williamson, but in their most recent contest Duke topped the Miami Hurricanes by 30 points. The Demon Deacons, who are 26-point underdogs, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, lost to Duke by 22 earlier this season at home.
If you're considering making a bet on this game, it's usually smart to check out some expert predictions before placing a wager. With that in mind, here are what a few industry experts are saying about this ACC matchup.
Duke vs Wake Forest Predictions
Mike Falepa, of Cappers Picks, is confident in Duke's ability to play without Williamson. He's predicting the Blue Devils to win by a comfortable margin, but not hand out the same thrashing that they gave to the Hurricanes. Falepa thinks the Demon Deacons lose but cover.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Duke Blue Devils – 3/5/2019 Free Pick & CBB Betting Prediction - https://t.co/XE1Grf8iqK— Razor Ray Monohan (@Cappers_Picks) March 4, 2019
Paul Wynns, of Bookie Blasters, is taking Wake Forest with the points as well. Wynns expects Duke to be looking ahead to the ACC tournament and closing out the regular season against UNC. The Blue Devils should still dominate Wake Forest with raw talent, but 26 points is just too much in his opinion.
Sports Chat Place
The team over at Sports Chat Place likes Duke to win and cover the spread, pointing to the Blue Devils' big win earlier this season at Wake Forest. Home-court advantage could push this one beyond the 22 points Duke won by in the first meeting.
ESPN Basketball Power Index Matchup Predictor
The supercomputer at ESPN isn't giving much hope to the Demon Deacons. Duke has a 99.4 percent chance at winning at home tonight.
Every expert is predicting Duke to win straight up with two taking Wake Forest with the points. While this matchup looks like a runaway for the Blue Devils, it'll be interesting to see if Duke can find sustained success without Williamson.
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