Wake Forest vs Syracuse Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Wednesday, March 8, 2023

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The No. 9 seed Wake Forest Demon Deacons (18-13, 10-10 ACC) and the No. 8 seed Syracuse Orange (17-14, 10-10 ACC) square off in the ACC Tournament Wednesday at Greensboro Coliseum. Gametime is at 12:00 PM.

Wednesday’s game between the Demon Deacons and the Orange features the Demon Deacons as 3-point favorites. The over/under for the game is 153.5.

Wake Forest vs. Syracuse Odds

Point Spread for Wake Forest vs. Syracuse

The spread for this matchup is set at 3 points, with bookmakers listing Wake Forest as the favorite.

Wake Forest vs. Syracuse Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Wake Forest has -164 odds to pick up the win, while Syracuse is listed at +139 to claim victory.


Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 153.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Wednesday, March 8, 2023
  • Game Time: 12:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN
  • Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Arena: Greensboro Coliseum

Wake Forest vs. Syracuse Betting Trends

Against the spread, Wake Forest is 16-15-0 this season. The Demon Deacons have come away with 13 wins in the 17 contests they have been listed as the favorites in this season. Wake Forest has gone over the point total in 64.5% of its opportunities this year (20 times in 31 games with a set point total).

In Syracuse’s 31 games this season, it has 16 wins against the spread. The Orange have won 16.7% of the games this season they were the moneyline underdog (2-10). Syracuse’s games this year have gone over the point total 54.8% of the time (17 out of 31 games with a set point total).

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Wake Forest vs. Syracuse Key Players to Watch

Wake Forest

Cameron Hildreth averages 12.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, shooting 45.9% from the floor. Andrew Carr puts up a team-best 5.8 rebounds per contest. He is also averaging 10.9 points and 1.2 assists, shooting 49% from the floor and 32.7% from downtown with 1.1 made 3-pointers per game. Damari Monsanto is putting up 13.3 points, 0.6 assists and 3.6 rebounds per contest.


Jesse Edwards paces the Orange in rebounding (10.3 per game), and posts 14.5 points and 1.5 assists. He also posts 1.3 steals and 2.6 blocked shots (seventh in college basketball). Judah Mintz is the Orange’s top assist man (4.5 per game), and he puts up 16.2 points and 2.3 rebounds. Joseph Girard III is posting team highs in points (16.7 per game) and assists (2.9). And he is producing 2.8 rebounds, making 40.7% of his shots from the floor and 37.9% from beyond the arc, with 2.8 triples per contest. Maliq Brown is posting 5.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 0.9 assists per contest, making 69.2% of his shots from the field.

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What you need to know about the Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Wake Forest and its ACC opponents have combined to go over the point total 14 out of 20 times this season. The Demon Deacons are posting 76.7 points per game (59th-ranked in college basketball) this season, while allowing 73.8 points per contest (287th-ranked). Wake Forest is grabbing 30.9 rebounds per game (239th-ranked in college basketball). It is giving up 32.2 rebounds per contest (257th-ranked).

Wake Forest sports a 36.6% three-point percentage this year (59th-ranked in college basketball), but it has really thrived by making 9.5 threes per contest (18th-best). The Demon Deacons rank 292nd in the country with 8.2 threes allowed per game so far this year. Meanwhile, they rank 226th with a 34.5% shooting percentage allowed from downtown.

The Demon Deacons are 4-6 against the spread and 4-6 overall in their past 10 games. Five of Wake Forest’s past 10 outings have gone over the total. Wake Forest’s offense has been less productive over its last 10 games, racking up 75.3 points a contest compared to the 76.7 it has averaged this season. Wake Forest has been a little suspect on the defensive end of the floor of late, allowing 76 points per game over its last 10 outings compared to the 73.8 it has conceded this season.

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What you need to know about the Syracuse Orange

Syracuse has covered 11 times in 20 chances against the spread in conference action this season. At 74.1 points scored per game and 72.8 points conceded, the Orange are 122nd in the country on offense and 261st on defense. Syracuse collects 31.3 rebounds per game and give up 32.1 boards, ranking 210th and 250th, respectively, in the nation.

Beyond the arc, Syracuse is 308th in the country in 3-pointers made per game (6.1). It is 111th in 3-point percentage at 35.4%. Defensively, the Orange are -4-worst in the nation in 3-pointers conceded per game at 10.3. They are 226th in 3-point percentage allowed at 34.5%.

The Orange have gone 4-6 over their last 10 games, with a 4-5-1 record against the spread in that span. Syracuse has gone over the total in five of its last 10 contests. Over its last 10 games, Syracuse is compiling 71.8 points per contest, compared to its season average of 74.1. The Orange are surrendering 78.5 points per game in their past 10 games, compared to their season average of 72.8 points allowed.

Wake Forest vs. Syracuse Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this game is Wake Forest, and we predict that Syracuse will cover the spread (Wake Forest -3). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 153.5 points.

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How to bet Wake Forest vs. Syracuse

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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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