Miami vs Wake Forest Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Thursday, March 9, 2023

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The No. 1 seed Miami Hurricanes (24-6, 15-5 ACC) take on the No. 9 seed Wake Forest Demon Deacons (19-13, 10-10 ACC) in the ACC Tournament Thursday at Greensboro Coliseum, tipping off at 12:00 PM. Both teams will look to get one step closer to earning an automatic place in the NCAA Tournament bracket.

The Hurricanes are currently strong 7-point favorites over the Demon Deacons. The over/under is 157.5 points for the game.

Miami vs. Wake Forest Odds

Point Spread for Miami vs. Wake Forest

The spread for this matchup is set at 7 points, with sportsbooks listing Miami as the favorite.

Miami vs. Wake Forest Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Miami has -313 odds to pick up the win, while Wake Forest is listed at +253 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 157.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Thursday, March 9, 2023
  • Game Time: 12:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN2
  • Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Arena: Greensboro Coliseum

Miami vs. Wake Forest Betting Trends

Miami has played 30 games, with 18 wins against the spread. The Hurricanes have been victorious in 19, or 86.4%, of the 22 contests they have been chosen as favorites in this season. Miami’s games this year have gone over the total in 13 out of 32 opportunities (40.6%).

Wake Forest has played 32 games, with 16 wins, against the spread. The Demon Deacons have put together a 4-9 record in games they were listed as the moneyline underdog (winning 30.8% of those games). Wake Forest’s games this year have eclipsed the over/under 62.5% of the time (20 out of 32 games with a set point total).

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Miami vs. Wake Forest Key Players to Watch


Norchad Omier is tops on the Hurricanes at 10 rebounds per contest, while also averaging 1.3 assists and 14.1 points. Jordan Miller averages 15.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. At the other end, he averages 1.3 steals and 0.3 blocked shots. Nijel Pack averages 13.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest. At the other end, he puts up 1 steal and 0.1 blocked shots.

Wake Forest

The Demon Deacons get 12.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game from Cameron Hildreth. Andrew Carr is posting a team-leading 5.9 rebounds per contest. And he is producing 10.9 points and 1.2 assists, making 49.3% of his shots from the floor and 32.4% from beyond the arc, with 1 triples per game. Damari Monsanto gets the Demon Deacons 13.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game. He also posts 1 steal and 0.3 blocked shots.

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What you need to know about the Miami Hurricanes

Miami has covered 14 times in 20 games with a spread in conference play this season. The Hurricanes are giving up 71.7 points per game this season (230th-ranked in college basketball), but they’ve really shined offensively, averaging 79.6 points per game (23rd-best). Miami is averaging 32.1 boards per game (156th-ranked in college basketball) this season, while allowing 28.8 rebounds per contest (52nd-ranked).

Miami is sinking 7.6 three-pointers per game (157th-ranked in college basketball) this year, while sporting a 37.2% three-point percentage (35th-ranked). The Hurricanes are allowing 7.4 threes per game (204th-ranked in college basketball). They are allowing opposing teams to shoot 33.1% (129th-ranked) from downtown.

The Hurricanes have a 6-4 record against the spread while finishing 8-2 overall over their last 10 contests. In its past 10 games, Miami has gone over the total five times. Miami’s offense has been better over its last 10 games, scoring 82.6 points per contest compared to the 79.6 it has averaged this season. Miami’s points-allowed average over its past 10 games (76.2) is 4.5 more points per game than the team is allowing over the entire season (71.7).

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What you need to know about the Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Wake Forest has covered 11 times in 21 matchups with a spread in conference play this season. At 76.8 points scored per game and 73.8 points allowed, the Demon Deacons are 58th in college basketball on offense and 287th on defense. On the boards, Wake Forest is 232nd in the country in rebounds (31 per game). It is 266th in rebounds conceded (32.3 per game).

Beyond the arc, Wake Forest is 18th-best in college basketball in 3-pointers made per game (9.5). It is 67th in 3-point percentage at 36.4%. Defensively, the Demon Deacons are 293rd in the country in 3-pointers conceded per game at 8.2. They are 266th in 3-point percentage conceded at 35.1%.

The Demon Deacons are 4-5-1 against the spread and 5-5 overall over their past 10 contests. In its past 10 games, Wake Forest has gone over the total four times. Wake Forest is scoring 75.3 points per game over its previous 10 games, which is 1.5 fewer points than its average for the season (76.8). In their past 10 games, the Demon Deacons are allowing 75.5 points per contest, 1.7 more points than their season average (73.8).

Miami vs. Wake Forest Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this contest is Miami, and we project that Wake Forest will cover the spread (Miami -7). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 157.5 points.

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How to bet Miami vs. Wake Forest

You can bet on Miami vs. Wake Forest at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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