The surging Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets aim to close the regular season on a high note when they vie for their sixth consecutive victory at the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Friday in an ACC matchup. Georgia Tech (14-8, 10-6 ACC) has already clinched a bye in the upcoming ACC tournament and has posted back-to-back winning seasons in conference play for the first time since 1990. The Demon Deacons (6-14, 3-14) are trying to avoid a season-worst seventh straight defeat.
Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C. William Hill Sportsbook lists the Yellow Jackets as 8.5-point favorites in the latest Georgia Tech vs. Wake Forest odds, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 135.5. Before making any Wake Forest vs. Georgia Tech picks, be sure to see the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven model.
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- Georgia Tech vs. Wake Forest spread: Georgia Tech -8.5
- Georgia Tech vs. Wake Forest over-under: 135.5 points
- Georgia Tech vs. Wake Forest money line: Georgia Tech -440; Wake Forest +340
- WAKE: The Demon Deacons' last five losses have been by an average of 22.8 points
- GATECH: The Yellow Jackets have shot 50 percent or better in three straight games
Why Georgia Tech can cover
Senior forward Moses Wright, the team leader in scoring and rebounding at 18.0 and 8.3 rebounds per game, has been immense down the stretch for the Yellow Jackets. He registered his fourth consecutive double-double with 29 points and 14 rebounds to go along with five assists and three blocked shots vs. Duke. Wright is shooting a blistering 68.2 percent (58 of 85) from the floor over the past seven games.
Jordan Usher was in an offensive funk during the first three games of the current winning streak, managing a combined 16 points while taking only 16 shots. He broke out of the slump against Syracuse last weekend with 19 points on 7-of-11 and followed that up by scoring 14 against Duke. Junior guard Michael Devoe, the team's third-leading scorer at 14.7 per game, is averaging 18.3 points over the past six contests.
Why Wake Forest can cover
Guard Daivien Williamson bounced back from a two-point dud at Virginia Tech by scoring 17 to go with four assists and three steals in Tuesday's loss at Pittsburgh. He has scored 218 points against conference opponents, the most by a Wake Forest transfer in the 21st century. The Demon Deacons need more from second- and third-leading scorers Ian DuBose and Isaiah Mucius, who are averaging 10.4 and 10.1 points, respectively.
Senior guard DuBose has tailed off dramatically in the past three games, collecting a combined 13 points after averaging 14.6 over the previous five contests. Junior forward Mucius scored a combined 15 points in his last two games and has been held to single digits in four of the past six. In the first meeting against Georgia Tech, Mucius scored a team-high 21 points -- his second-highest output of the season.
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