Syracuse vs Wake Forest Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Saturday, March 4, 2023

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The Syracuse Orange (16-14, 9-10 ACC) will look to stop a four-game losing streak when hosting the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (18-12, 10-9 ACC) on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at JMA Wireless Dome. This matchup is at 5:00 PM ET on ESPN3.

Syracuse is a slim 1-point favorite against Wake Forest when the Orange square off against the Demon Deacons on Saturday. The matchup has a point total of 156.5.

Syracuse vs. Wake Forest Odds

Point Spread for Syracuse vs. Wake Forest

The spread for this matchup is set at 1 point, with sportsbooks listing Syracuse as the favorite.

Syracuse vs. Wake Forest Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Syracuse has -112 odds to pick up the win, while Wake Forest is listed at -107 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 156.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Saturday, March 4, 2023
  • Game Time: 5:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN3
  • Location: Syracuse, New York
  • Arena: JMA Wireless Dome

Syracuse vs. Wake Forest Betting Trends

Syracuse has played 30 games, with 15 wins against the spread. The Orange have been chosen as favorites in 18 games this year and have walked away with the win 14 times (77.8%) in those games. Syracuse’s games this year have gone over the total in 17 out of 30 opportunities (56.7%).

Wake Forest has played 30 games, with 16 wins, against the spread. The Demon Deacons have gone 4-8 in games they were listed as the moneyline underdog (winning 33.3% of those games). Wake Forest’s games this year have hit the over on 20 of 30 set point totals (66.7%).

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Syracuse vs. Wake Forest Key Players to Watch


Jesse Edwards posts a team-leading 10 rebounds per contest. He is also averaging 14.1 points and 1.6 assists, shooting 58.6% from the field. Judah Mintz leads the Orange at 4.5 assists per game, while also putting up 2.3 rebounds and 16.2 points. Joseph Girard III leads his team in both points (16.7) and assists (2.8) per game, and also posts 2.9 rebounds. At the other end, he posts 0.8 steals and 0 blocked shots. Benny Williams averages 7 points, 4 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game, shooting 44.8% from the floor.

Wake Forest

The Demon Deacons get 12.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game from Cameron Hildreth. Andrew Carr is putting up a team-high 5.8 rebounds per game. And he is delivering 11.1 points and 1.2 assists, making 49.2% of his shots from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc, with 1.1 triples per contest. The Demon Deacons get 13.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game from Damari Monsanto.

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What you need to know about the Syracuse Orange

Syracuse has won 10 games against the spread in conference play this season, while failing to cover or pushing nine times. The Orange rank 120th in college basketball with 74.2 points per game so far this season. At the other end, they rank 272nd with 73.1 points allowed per contest. So far this season, Syracuse is grabbing 31.1 boards per game (225th-ranked in college basketball) and giving up 32.1 rebounds per contest (251st-ranked).

The Orange post 76.8 points per game when playing at home, compared to 70.7 points per game when playing on the road, a difference of 6.1 points per contest. With 6.2 three-pointers per game, Syracuse ranks 299th in college basketball. It has a 36% shooting percentage from three-point land, which ranks 74th in college basketball. The Orange rank in the bottom 25 in the nation in threes allowed per game with 10.3 (-4-worst), and they rank 248th in college basketball with a 34.9% three-point percentage allowed to opposing teams.

The Orange are 4-5-1 against the spread and 3-7 overall over their last 10 contests. In its past 10 contests, Syracuse has hit the over five times. Syracuse has been scoring 71.4 points per contest in its last 10 appearances, an average that’s a little lower than the 74.2 it has scored over the course of the 2022-23 campaign. Syracuse’s defense has been less stingy as of late, as the team has allowed 79.4 points per game over its past 10 compared to the 73.1 points per game its opponents are averaging on the season.

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What you need to know about the Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Wake Forest’s conference games have hit the over 14 out of 19 times this season. The Demon Deacons put up 77.2 points per game and allow 73.8, making them 54th in the nation on offense and 290th on defense. On the boards, Wake Forest is 241st in the country in rebounds (30.8 per game). It is 248th in rebounds conceded (32 per game).

The Demon Deacons are scoring more points at home (79.1 per game) than away (75.5). Wake Forest is the 20th-best team in the country in 3-pointers made (9.5 per game) and 41st in 3-point percentage (37.1%). The Demon Deacons give up 8.4 3-pointers per game and concede 34.9% from beyond the arc, ranking 314th and 248th, respectively, in the country.

The Demon Deacons have a 5-5 record against the spread while going 4-6 overall in their past 10 games. In its past 10 games, Wake Forest has gone over the total six times. Wake Forest is putting up 76.9 points per game over its past 10 games, which is 0.3 fewer points than its average for the season (77.2). While the Demon Deacons are allowing 73.8 points per game in 2022-23, they have been worse in their previous 10 games, allowing 76.9 points per contest.

Syracuse vs. Wake Forest Prediction & Pick

Our prediction to win this matchup is Wake Forest, and we expect that Wake Forest will cover the spread (Syracuse -1). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 156.5 points.

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How to bet Syracuse vs. Wake Forest

You can bet on Syracuse 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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