North Carolina vs Wake Forest Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Wednesday, January 4, 2023

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The North Carolina Tar Heels (9-5, 1-2 ACC) aim to build on a seven-game home winning streak when hosting the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (10-4, 2-1 ACC) on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at 9:00 PM ET.

Wednesday’s matchup between the Tar Heels and the Demon Deacons features the Tar Heels as substantial 10.5-point favorites. A 151.5-point over/under has been set for the game.

North Carolina vs. Wake Forest Odds

Point Spread for North Carolina vs. Wake Forest

The spread for this matchup is set at 10.5 points, with sportsbooks listing North Carolina as the favorite.

North Carolina vs. Wake Forest Moneyline

As for the moneyline, North Carolina has -559 odds to pick up the win, while Wake Forest is listed at +404 to claim victory.


Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 151.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Wednesday, January 4, 2023
  • Game Time: 9:00 PM ET
  • Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Arena: Dean Smith Center

North Carolina vs. Wake Forest Betting Trends

In the North Carolina’s 14 games this year, it has four wins against the spread. The Tar Heels have been victorious in nine, or 81.8%, of the 11 contests they have been chosen as favorites in this season. North Carolina’s games this year have gone over the total in eight out of 14 opportunities (57.1%).

Wake Forest is 7-7-0 against the spread this year. The Demon Deacons have won 60% of the games this season they were the moneyline underdog (3-2). Wake Forest’s games this season have hit the over on eight of 14 set point totals (57.1%).

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North Carolina vs. Wake Forest Key Players to Watch

North Carolina

Armando Bacot puts up 18.5 points and 11.2 rebounds per contest — both team highs. He is also posting 1.3 assists, shooting 56.7% from the floor. Caleb Love is tops on the Tar Heels at 3.6 assists per contest, while also averaging 4.1 rebounds and 17.5 points. RJ Davis puts up 15.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists per contest. Defensively, he posts 1.1 steals and 0.1 blocked shots. Pete Nance averages 11.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per contest, shooting 50% from the field and 34% from beyond the arc with 1.3 made 3-pointers per contest.

Wake Forest

Cameron Hildreth is the Demon Deacons’ top rebounder (6.6 per game), and he contributes 12 points and 3 assists. Andrew Carr gets the Demon Deacons 10.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per contest. He also delivers 0.8 steals and 0.7 blocked shots. Damari Monsanto is posting 10.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 0.4 assists per contest, making 38% of his shots from the floor and 38% from 3-point range, with 2.7 triples per game.

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What you need to know about the North Carolina Tar Heels

Offensively, the Tar Heels are putting up 80.9 points per game (30th-ranked in college basketball). They are giving up 74.6 points per contest at the other end (316th-ranked). North Carolina is allowing 32.6 boards per game this season (258th-ranked in college basketball), but it has provided a lift by grabbing 37.4 rebounds per game (16th-best).

North Carolina is making 6.4 threes per game (280th-ranked in college basketball). It sports a 30.8% shooting percentage (309th-ranked) from downtown. The Tar Heels are ceding 8.1 threes per game (276th-ranked in college basketball). They are allowing opposing teams to shoot 33.8% (223rd-ranked) from downtown.

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What you need to know about the Wake Forest Demon Deacons

In 2022-23, the Demon Deacons are 114th in the country on offense (75.6 points scored per game) and 238th defensively (71.1 points conceded). On the glass, Wake Forest is 200th in the nation in rebounds (32.2 per game). It is 215th in rebounds conceded (31.6 per game).

Beyond the arc, Wake Forest is 78th in college basketball in 3-pointers made per game (8.5). It is 103rd in 3-point percentage at 35.6%. In 2022-23, the Demon Deacons are 306th in college basketball in 3-pointers conceded (8.4 per game) and 166th in defensive 3-point percentage (32.6%).

North Carolina vs. Wake Forest Prediction & Pick

Our prediction to win this matchup is North Carolina, and we expect that Wake Forest will cover the spread (North Carolina -10.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 151.5 points.

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How to bet North Carolina vs. Wake Forest

You can bet on North Carolina 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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Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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