Virginia vs Wake Forest Prediction: Live Odds, Stats, History & Picks – Saturday, January 21, 2023

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The Virginia Cavaliers (14-3, 6-2 ACC) take a four-game win streak into a road contest against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (14-5, 6-2 ACC), winners of four straight as well. It tips at 2:00 PM ET on Saturday, January 21, 2023.

Virginia is a moderate 3-point favorite against Wake Forest when the Cavaliers hit the court against the Demon Deacons on Saturday. The point total for the game is 132.5.

Virginia vs. Wake Forest Odds

Point Spread for Virginia vs. Wake Forest

The spread for this matchup is set at 3 points, with oddsmakers listing Virginia as the favorite.

Virginia vs. Wake Forest Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Virginia has -160 odds to pick up the win, while Wake Forest is listed at +134 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the total for the game is set at 132.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Saturday, January 21, 2023
  • Game Time: 2:00 PM ET
  • Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Arena: Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Virginia vs. Wake Forest Betting Trends

In the Virginia’s 17 games this season, it has six wins against the spread. The Cavaliers have come away with nine wins in the 11 contests they have been listed as the favorites in this season. Virginia’s games this year have gone over the total in nine out of 19 opportunities (47.4%).

Against the spread, Wake Forest is 11-8-0 this season. The Demon Deacons have been the moneyline underdog six total times this season. They’ve finished 3-3 in those games. Wake Forest has hit the over 68.4% of the time this season (13 of 19 games with a set point total).

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Virginia vs. Wake Forest Key Players to Watch

Virginia

Kihei Clark posts a team-best 5.9 assists per contest. He is also posting 11.5 points and 2.7 rebounds, shooting 44.1% from the floor and 38.5% from downtown with 1.2 made 3-pointers per contest. Reece Beekman averages 9.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game. Defensively, he posts 1.4 steals and 0.5 blocked shots. Armaan Franklin averages 12.1 points and 1.2 assists per contest — both team highs. He is also posting 4.3 rebounds, shooting 42.6% from the field and 41.2% from beyond the arc with 2.1 made 3-pointers per game.
Jayden Gardner paces the Cavaliers at 4.8 rebounds per game, while also averaging 0.5 assists and 10.4 points.

Wake Forest

Cameron Hildreth is posting a team-leading 6.3 rebounds per game. And he is contributing 13.1 points and 2.9 assists, making 48.4% of his shots from the floor. Andrew Carr gives the Demon Deacons 11.9 points, 6 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. He also puts up 0.9 steals and 0.8 blocked shots. Damari Monsanto gets the Demon Deacons 12 points, 3.4 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game. He also averages 1.3 steals and 0.2 blocked shots.

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What you need to know about the Virginia Cavaliers

The Cavaliers are scoring 70 points per game this season (218th-ranked in college basketball), but they’ve really played well on defense, ceding only 59.9 points per game (11th-best). This year, Virginia is grabbing 29.5 rebounds per game (299th-ranked in college basketball) and giving up 28.2 rebounds per contest (39th-ranked).

Offensively the Cavaliers have performed better in home games this season, scoring 69.4 points per game, compared to 68 per game in away games. With 7.6 threes per game, Virginia is 169th in the country. It owns a 38.2% shooting percentage from beyond the arc, which ranks 26th in college basketball. The Cavaliers are ceding 7.2 threes per game (177th-ranked in college basketball) this season, while allowing a 34.9% three-point percentage (259th-ranked).

The Cavaliers have a 3-7 record against the spread while going 7-3 overall over their last 10 contests. In its past 10 contests, Virginia has hit the over five times. Virginia’s offense has been less productive over its last 10 games, racking up 66.8 points a contest compared to the 70 it has averaged this year. The last 10 games have seen Virginia concede 0.6 more points per game (60.5) than its season-long average (59.9).

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What you need to know about the Wake Forest Demon Deacons

On offense the Demon Deacons are the 50th-ranked team in the country (77.9 points per game). Defensively they are 259th (72.1 points allowed per game). Wake Forest collects 31.7 rebounds per game and give up 31.4 boards, ranking 204th and 198th, respectively, in college basketball.

The Demon Deacons are scoring more points at home (82.4 per game) than away (72.7). Wake Forest is 27th in college basketball in 3-pointers made (9.2 per game) and 37th in 3-point percentage (37.6%). The Demon Deacons are 309th in the nation in 3-pointers allowed (8.4 per game) and 155th in 3-point percentage defensively (32.9%).

The Demon Deacons have gone 7-3 over their past 10 games, with a 6-4 record against the spread in that span. In its past 10 games, Wake Forest has gone over the total eight times. Wake Forest has performed worse offensively in its previous 10 games, putting up 77.3 points per contest, 0.6 fewer points its than season average of 77.9. The Demon Deacons are ceding 73.9 points per contest over their past 10 games, compared to their season average of 72.1 points allowed.

Virginia vs. Wake Forest Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this matchup is Virginia, and we expect that Wake Forest will cover the spread (Virginia -3). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 132.5 points.

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How to bet Virginia vs. Wake Forest

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WRITTEN BY

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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