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Free Pick: Wake Forest (9-1) at Clemson (7-3) 11/20/21
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Free Pick: Wake Forest (9-1) at Clemson (7-3) 11/20/21

This is a game between the new kids on the block (Wake Forest) and the king of the conference (Clemson). Believe it or not, Clemson still has a chance to win the Atlantic division, if Wake loses this game and next week at Boston College. On the other hand, if the Deacons win this one they clinch the division and will play for the ACC championship in two weeks. Let’s see what is the best betting angle.


Clemson: 30.5 Total Team Points This is a tough total to gauge. Clemson is averaging 24 points per game and they are going up against a leaky Wake Forest defense that can give up plenty of points. In the last six games, excluding the Duke game, the Deacons have given up 45 points per game. I can’t ignore that stat. I’ll take Clemson over 30.5 total team points.

Wake Forest 24.5 Total Team Points The Demon Deacons have scored more than 25 points in all ten games they have played. I know they are encountering the best defensive team they have faced so far. However last week they played NC State, which had been holding opponents to 16 points per game, and they scored 45 in their victory. I’ll go with Wake Forest OVER 24.5 total team points.

OVER/UNDER: 56.5 Combined Team Points This is line is low for a Wake Forest game. They are averaging 45 points per game and scored 45 last week against a good NC State defense. Obviously, the line is being affected by the Clemson defense and how good everyone thinks they are. They are allowing only 15 points a contest, but they have allowed 28 against NC State, 27 at Pittsburgh, 20 against Florida State, and 24 at Louisville. Arguably, Wake Forest will have the best defense the Tigers have faced. The other factor is the Clemson offense, which is playing much better of late. I like the OVER 56.5 combined team points.

POINT SPREAD: Clemson is a 4-point favorite Once again, we have an unranked team ,favored, against aTop-15 team. Added to the line is the reputation of both teams. Wake Forest hasn’t been in this position much and Clemson always plays these type of games. The Deacons can gain a bunch of respect if they can beat the big, bad Tigers.

DUDES WHO BET SPORTS PICK: Wake Forest OVER 24.5 team points

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