College Basketball Odds & Picks: How to Bet Wake Forest vs. N.C. State’s Season Finale
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- The updated betting odds for Friday's Wake Forest vs. N.C. State game make the Wolfpack 8-point favorites with the over/under set at 151.5.
- Both teams are looking to close out the regular season with a win as they head into the ACC tournament.
- Check out our experts' betting analysis below.
A lot is on the line in the regular season finale between Wake Forest and NC State. The Demon Deacons need a win and some help to earn a bye in the ACC tournament while the Wolfpack are squarely on the NCAA Tournament bubble. They need every win they can get in order to hear their name called on Selection Sunday.
After Wake Forest and NC State defeated Duke at home in the past month, they each suffered their share of letdowns. Which team will end the regular season on a high note?
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Wake Forest at NC State Odds
- Spread: NC State -7.5
- Over/Under: 151.5
- Time: 7 p.m. ET
- TV: ACC Network
Wake Forest (13-16, 16-13 ATS) has lost seven straight conference road games. The Demon Deacons are 1-8 straight up in conference road games and are losing those contests by an average of 9.6 points per game. With a loss at NC State, they would be one of four ACC teams playing on Tuesday in the first round of the conference tournament.
Wake Forest ranks in the bottom three in the conference in defensive efficiency and is one of the worst teams in the country at forcing turnovers, per KenPom. Offensively, its primary strength is three-point shooting, ranking third in the conference.
NC State (18-12, 13-17 ATS) needs a win to even their conference record at 10-10. Since their big 22-point win over Duke, the Wolfpack have lost three of their last four games.
Ranking third in the conference in temp and average possession length, NC State likes to push the pace offensively. Its biggest weakness is keeping their opponents off the offensive glass, ranking second-to-last in the ACC in terms of offensive rebounding percentage allowed.
The Wolfpack never trailed in their first meeting with Wake Forest, winning 91-82 on the road in December. NC State shot 52.3% from the field in that game, including a blistering 54.5% from 3-point range. They won the rebounding battle 33-29 and forced 19 turnovers.
After allowing at least 71 points in each of its last seven road games, Wake Forest will struggle defending NC State’s offense. All of the Wolfpack starters shoot better than 40% from the field, and the Wolfpack are running out of opportunities to improve their NCAA Tournament resume. Seniors Markell Johnson and CJ Bryce will put on a show on Senior Night, paving the way for a comfortable Wolfpack win.
Pick: NC State -7.5