Duke vs Wake Forest Prediction, Odds & Picks for Dec. 20 (Blue Devils' Defense Shuts Down Demon Deacons)

Devon Platana
Duke vs Wake Forest prediction, picks, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
Duke vs Wake Forest prediction, picks, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photos/Ben McKeown

Duke vs Wake Forest Game Info

2022-23 NCAA College Basketball Regular Season Game
No. 14 Duke Blue Devils (10-2, 1-0 ACC) vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (8-4, 0-1 ACC)
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum — Winston-Salem, NC
Coverage: ACC Network

The 2022-23 NCAA college basketball season continues on Tuesday, Dec. 20, including an ACC collision between the No. 14 Duke Blue Devils and Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

Duke enters this contest riding a four-game winning streak, having defeated Maryland-Eastern Shore, 82-55, in its last outing on Dec. 10. Meanwhile, Wake Forest is stuck in a rut, losing three of its last four games. The Demon Deacons' latest loss was a doozy, falling 81-57 to Rutgers on Saturday.

Can Duke continue proving why it's one of the best teams in the nation yet again? Or will Wake Forest break out of its slump with a huge upset on home court?

Duke vs Wake Forest Odds & Spread

All NCAA college basketball betting lines, odds and prop bets.
Moneyline: DUKE: (-310) | WAKE: (+250)
Spread: DUKE: -7.5 (-105) | WAKE: +7.5 (-115)
Total: 141.5 - Over: (-105) | Under: (-115)

Duke enters this contest as the clear favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 6:30 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 141.5 points, which is in the middle of Tuesday's projected totals.

Best College Basketball Picks - Duke vs Wake Forest

It's hard to give Wake Forest much of a chance in this one after the team's last few outings. The Demon Deacons' offense has disappeared during their skid, averaging just 62.8 points with a minus-11.3 scoring margin in their last four games.

On the other hand, Duke has averaged 78.0 points during its four-game run, holding opponents to a 62.0 PPG clip along the way (plus-16.0 scoring margin). Furthermore, the Blue Devils have also won 23 of their last 25 games against the Demon Deacons, which includes each of the last four meetings.

With Wake Forest also losing seven of its last eight home games to Duke, it's even easier to back the latter tonight.

Final Score Prediction: Duke: 79 | Wake Forest: 70

Duke vs Wake Forest Betting Trends

- Duke is 15-1 straight up in its last 16 games against Wake Forest.
- Wake Forest is 1-4 against the spread (ATS) in its last five games.
- The total has hit the over in each of Duke's last five games against the ACC.
- The total has hit the over in four of Wake Forest's last six games against Duke.

Duke vs Wake Forest Picks

When it comes to the best bets, I have my eyes on Duke as 7.5-point spread favorites. After all, Duke owns the 22nd-best scoring margin (plus-14.5) and has covered the spread in six of its last eight December games. Meanwhile, Wake Forest is 1-4 ATS in its last five outings and hasn't covered the spread in any of its last even games in the final month of the year.

On top of that, the Blue Devils' last four wins over the Demon Deacons have come by an average of 12.3 points. With Wake Forest caught in a slump, back Duke to win this by a few possessions.

Bet: Duke -7.5 (-105)

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