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Game Snapshot with Current Line

#717 Wake Forest
Demon Deacons -1
#718 Valaparaiso
Crusaders 144

Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 10:30am

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Game Stats

Wake Forest Demon Deacons

2 - 1

9-20
ATS
12-16
O/U
73
PPG
74
OPPG

Valaparaiso Crusaders

2 - 1

14-14
ATS
11-18
O/U
70
PPG
68
OPPG

Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Valparaiso Crusaders

Where: The HTC Center, Conway, SC

When: Sunday, November 18, 10:30 AM. ET.

The Valparaiso Crusaders will be going for their second consecutive win when they take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at the Myrtle Beach Invitational on Sunday morning.

Demon Deacons Going For Second Win In Three Games

The Demon Deacons bounced back from their first loss of the season with a win over CSU Fullerton in their last game. They will be going for their second consecutive win and their second win in the three games they have played in this tournament when they face the Crusaders on Sunday.

Wake Forest did a great job on the defensive end against the Titans, holding them to 59 points on 37.5 percent shooting from the field and 26.9 percent from three-point range. They will need to play with the same defensive intensity if they want to get the win over Valparaiso.

Offensively, the Demon Deacons didn’t do a great job shooting the ball, but they played well enough to get the win. They will also need to do a better job on the offensive end to win this game.

Jaylen Hoard is leading the team with 16 points per game. He is also averaging 8.3 rebounds and two assists per game.

Brandon Childress is averaging 15.3 points, four rebounds, and five assists per game, while Isaiah Mucius is averaging 9.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.

Crusaders Struggling Offensively

The Crusaders managed to rebound from their loss to Western Kentucky, beating the Monmouth Hawks 64-53. Despite the win, there is a need for concern on their part because they didn’t play well offensively for the second consecutive game since their season-opening 121 points performance.

Valparaiso will be hoping its offense comes back alive when they face the Demon Deacons, who have looked good defensively.

Ryan Fazekas leads the team with 15.5 points and five rebounds per game. Markus Golder is averaging 13 points and five rebounds, while Deion Lavender is putting up 10.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 5.7 assists per game.

Defensively, the Crusaders looked impressive, holding Monmouth to 53 points. The Hawks finished the game shooting 39.6 percent from the field and 22.2 percent from three-point range. If the Crusaders play this well on the defensive end when they face the Demon Deacons, they should be able to get the win.

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

The Crusaders have played well against the spread, winning four of their last six games against teams with winning records, while the Demon Deacons have struggled against the spread, losing their last seven games following a straight up win and their last four games following an ATS win.

Prediction: Valparaiso Crusaders

Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

The total has gone over in Wake Forest’s last six games against teams with winning records and their last four games following a straight up win. The total has also gone over in Valparaiso’s last four games following an ATS win and in the team’s last four games following a straight up win.

Prediction: Over

Half-Time Side Pick
Rating:

The Demon Deacons will win the first half of this game because they are playing better than the Crusaders in the first half, averaging 38.7 points per game while the Crusaders average 34 points per game.

Prediction: Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Half-Time Total Bet
Rating:

The Crusaders and Demon Deacons are averaging 72.7 points per game in the first half, which means they should be able to go over the first half totals comfortably.

Prediction: Over

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