Wake Forest vs Clemson Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for Dec. 2 (Tigers Take Advantage of Demon Deacons' Miscues)

Devon Platana
Wake Forest vs Clemson prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
Wake Forest vs Clemson prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King
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Wake Forest vs Clemson Game Info

2022-23 NCAA College Basketball Regular Season Game
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (7-1, 0-0 ACC) vs. Clemson Tigers (6-2, 0-0 ACC)
Date: Friday, Dec. 2, 2022
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Venue: Littlejohn Coliseum — Clemson, SC
Coverage: ACCNX

The 2022-23 NCAA college basketball season continues on Friday, Dec. 2, including an ACC showdown between the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and Clemson Tigers.

Wake Forest has momentum on its side after extending its winning streak to three games with a 78-75 win over Wisconsin on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Clemson's 101-94 double overtime win against Penn State earlier this week marked the school's fifth victory in its last six tries, adding to the stakes of tonight's matchup.

Can Wake Forest win its second of back-to-back road victories? Or will Clemson prove to be too much of a challenge at Littlejohn Coliseum?

Wake Forest vs Clemson Odds & Spread

All NCAA college basketball betting lines, odds and prop bets.
Moneyline: WAKE: (+146) | CLEM: (-178)
Spread: WAKE: +2.5 (+100) | CLEM: -2.5 (-122)
Total: 142.5 - Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

Clemson enters this contest as the slight favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 7 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 142.5 points, which is average compared to Friday's projected totals.

Wake Forest vs Clemson Prediction & Pick

Though Wake Forest leads the all-time rivalry with 85 wins in 145 previous meetings, Clemson's been on the winning side more often than not lately. The Tigers are 14-2 straight up in their last 16 games against the Demon Deacons, having not lost at home to their ACC rival since January 2009.

Clemson is also incredibly difficult to play at home. While the Tigers have been solid with a plus-9.1 scoring differential (T-No. 65) this season, that number increases to plus-14.0 in games at Littlejohn Coliseum. For comparison, Wake Forest drops from plus-12.0 (No. 45) to plus-4.3 in road games this season.

Wake Forest's carelessness with the ball will likely cost them in the end. The team averages 13.4 turnovers per game (T-No. 182) and just had 15 against Wisconsin, whereas Clemson coughs up the ball the 22nd-fewest times (10.3).

With the home crowd and safer player on their side, give me the Tigers winning a close one.

Final Score Prediction: Clemson: 74 | Wake Forest: 70

Wake Forest vs Clemson Betting Trends

- Wake Forest is 2-7 against the spread (ATS) in its last nine games against Clemson.
- Clemson is 8-0 straight up in its last eight home games.
- The total has hit the over in four of Wake Forest's last five games.
- The total has hit the under in nine of Clemson's last 13 games against Wake Forest.

Wake Forest vs Clemson Best Bet

Although these teams are evenly matched, for the most part, I do believe that Clemson can cover the spread. After all, not only are the Tigers 7-2 ATS in their last nine against the Demon Deacons, but they've also covered the spread in five of their last six ACC contests.

With Clemson's last nine wins over Wake Forest coming by an average margin of 11.4 points, go with the home team covering tonight.

Bet: Clemson -2.5 (-115)

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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