Louisville vs. Wake Forest Pick
Should No. 8 Louisville have any trouble when it goes on the road to face Wake Forest tonight at 9PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Louisville is favored on the road, as the Cardinals are getting odds of -4 points against Wake Forest. The over/under total for the game is listed at 154 points. Louisville has won both ACC meetings with Wake, but the Deacons have covered the spread in both of those meetings.
Louisville has won four of its last five games to get to 23-6 on the season and 11-5 in the ACC. The Cardinals are just 2-4 against the spread in their last six games and now sit at 17-9-1 ATS on the season. Louisville is putting up 77.7 points per game on offense this season while allowing 64.6 on defense. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 16.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per game to lead the team while Quentin Snider is adding 12.3 points and 4.1 assists per contest.
Wake Forest is coming off a 63-59 win at home over Pitt to move to 16-12 on the season and 7-9 in the ACC. The Demon Deacons are an even 13-13 against the spread this season and they average 81.6 points per game on offense while allowing 76.8 on defense. When at home, the Deacons put up 85.1 points per game while allowing 72.2 on defense. John Collins is averaging 19.1 points and 9.8 rebounds per game to lead the team while Bryant Crawford is adding 15.5 points and 5.6 assists per game.
Louisville isn’t giving up many points in this game. Wake Forest has been tough at home. It’s only recent losses at home came against Duke (85-83) and North Carolina (93-87). The Deacons manage to put up a strong number on offense at home, and that is where I think Louisville could run into problems. The Cardinals just don’t have the firepower to consistently perform at a high level on the road. I think Wake Forest will find a way to cover, if not outright win. The Deacons shoot 49 percent at home, including 41.5 percent from 3-point land. That will be too tough for Louisville to compete with.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: WAKE FOREST +4