Wake Forest vs. Tennessee Prediction

Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Tennessee Volunteers, 12/22/18 Predictions

Can No. 3 Tennessee continue its strong start to the new season today when the Volunteers host Wake Forest at Noon ET?

Game Snapshot & Odds

601 Wake Forest at 602 Tennessee

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Noon ET – Thompson-Boling Arena

TV: ESPN2

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Public Betting Trends

According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Tennessee is the clear favorite at home, as the Volunteers are getting odds of -19 points against Wake Forest. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 147.5 points. The public betting currently is unavailable. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.

Demon Deacons on two-game win streak

Wake Forest has won back-to-back games coming into today, but the Demon Deacons have played just one road game this season. Wake is 6-3 on the season, 0-1 on the road, 4-5 against the spread and 5-4 with the under.

The Demon Deacons are putting up 75.2 points per game on offense this season while shooting 38.4 percent from the arc. Defensively, Wake Forest is giving up 72.1 points per game while allowing opponents to shoot 44.6 percent from the field. Brandon Childress is leading the team with 16.8 points and 4.3 assists per game while Jaylen Hoard is adding 15.6 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest.

Vols winners of five straight

Tennessee has won five straight games coming into today, including wins over Memphis and Gonzaga. The Vols are 9-1 on the season, 6-0 at home, 4-4-1 against the spread and 5-4 with the over.

Tennessee has a very strong offense that is averaging 84.7 points per game while shooting 49.7 percent from the field. Defensively, the Vols are giving up 68 points per game while holding opponents to just 37.5 percent shooting. Grant Williams is averaging 19.4 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game to lead the team while Admiral Schofield is adding 19.0 points and 6.6 rebounds per contest.

College Basketball Betting Trends

Wake Forest

Wake Forest is 3-7 against the spread in its last 10 games against SEC opponents and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 road games.

Tennessee

The Volunteers are 7-2 against the spread in their last 9 games against ACC opponents and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five home games.

Prediction:

Tennessee has looked good this season, but the Vols haven’t overly dominated most opponents. They have just four wins by 20 or more. Wake has had its last two losses be by 10 points or less and the Demon Deacons are capable of being somewhat competitive tonight. The Vols don’t work a real deep bench and they just played two days ago. I think their legs may get a little heavy late in the game and allow the Demon Deacons to cover this big spread.

College Basketball Prediction: Wake Forest +19

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