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Nevada Wolf Pack vs. Iona Gaels Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/22/13

Iona Gaels (5-4) at Nevada Wolf Pack (4-7)

College Basketball: Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 4:05 pm (Lawlor Events Center)

The Line: Nevada Wolf Pack +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Nevada Wolf Pack and the Iona Gaels face off on Sunday in college basketball action.

The Nevada Wolf Pack are struggling losing five of their last six games. Nevada has played the 85th ranked schedule in the nation but they are just 1-3 at home this season. Deonte Burton is averaging 23.3 points per game to lead the Wolf Pack. Jerry Evans Jr. is averaging 14.5 points and 5.7 rebounds, Michael Perez is averaging 12.4 points, and Cole Huff is averaging 9.4 points. Nevada is averaging 76.5 points and they are shooting 45 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 80.8 points and their opponents shoot 50.2 percent. Nevada just appears to have no answers defensively.

Nevada Wolf Pack vs. Iona Gaels Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/22/13

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The Iona Gaels have lost their last two games and are 5-4 overall on the season. Iona has played the 231st ranked schedule in the nation and they are 2-3 on the road this season. Sean Armand leads the Gaels averaging 22.8 points per game. A.J. English is averaging 15.7 points and 4.8 assists, David Laury is averaging 14 points and 7.8 rebounds, and Tre Bowman is averaging 12.3 points. Iona is averaging 81.2 points and they are shooting 48 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 78.1 points and their opponents are shooting 45.9 percent. Iona as already started conference play and they are 2-0 in the MAAC.

Nevada is 2-5 against the spread in their last seven non-conference games, 1-4 against the spread following a loss, and 0-7 against the spread in their last seven home games. Iona is 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 games, 4-13-1 against the spread in their last 18 road games against a team with a losing home record, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five road games.

Make no mistake about it, we have two bad teams here but Iona just appears to be the lesser of two evils. 

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Iona Gaels -1.5

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