Wake Forest vs Pittsburgh Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/14/24

Pittsburgh (21-10) vs Wake Forest (20-12)

Game Info: Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 2:30 pm (Capital One Arena)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh +1.5 -- Over/Under: 145.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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In this article we will formulate a Wake Forest vs Pittsburgh betting prediction for this college basketball game on Thursday, March 14th at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. To formulate this prediction, we will examine:

  • The Wake Forest recent form and recent player performance 
  • The Pittsburgh recent form and recent play performance
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Wake Forest 
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Pittsburgh
  • Recent betting trends in games played between Wake Forest and Pittsburgh
  • A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for Today’s Game between Wake Forest and Pittsburgh

Wake Forest Preview

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are 20-12 (11-9) this year after they defeated Notre Dame by a score of 72-59 in their last game. Wake Forest led 40-34 at the half and they held ND to only 25 points in the second half in the win. The Demon Deacons shot 45.8% from the field and were +2 in rebounding margin in the game. Wake Forest defeated Clemson by a score of 81-76 in the game prior to Notre Dame, but lost the previous three games. The Demon Deacons are scoring 78.7 points per game with 34.1 rebounds per game and 12.6 assists per game, while allowing 70.5 points against per game this year. Hunter Sallis is averaging 18.3 points per game, 4.2 rebounds per game, and 2.6 assists per game. Wake Forest is shooting 47.8% from the field, 80.2% on free throws, and 37.6% on three pointers this season. 

Pittsburgh Preview

The Pittsburgh Panthers are 21-10 (12-8) this season after they defeated NC State by a score of 81-73 in their last game. Pittsburgh led 39-29 at halftime, but did allow 44 points in the second half in the win. The Panthers shot 50% from the field and forced 10 turnovers in the game. Pittsburgh defeated FSU by a score of 88-73 and Boston College by a score of 90-65 in the two games prior to NC State. The Panthers are scoring 75.8 points per game with 37.3 rebounds per game and 13.9 assists per game, while allowing 67.5 points against per game this season. Blake Hinson is averaging 18.8 points per game, 4.6 rebounds per game, and 0.8 assists per game. Pittsburgh is shooting 43.7% from the field, 70.1% on free throws, and 35.7% on three pointers this year. 

Wake Forest vs Pittsburgh Betting Prediction

Both of these teams come into this game on the bubble for the NCAA Tournament, which means this is a must win for both teams. Wake Forest has been inconsistent down the stretch this season, but they have played better in their last two games. Pittsburgh has won three games in a row and nine of their last 11. The Panthers won the first meeting between these teams by a score of 77-72, while Wake won the second meeting by a score of 91-58. This should be a great game to watch and it will be interesting to see how Wake Forest’s defense holds up. The Panthers have scored 81+ points in three straight games and we have seen the Demon Deacons struggle on defense at times. Pittsburgh has been the better team to close out the season, so I am taking the Panthers in this one. 

David’s Pick Pittsburgh +1.5

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