Pacific vs. Nevada - 12/18/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Nevada Wolf Pack (2-7) at Pacific Tigers (6-4)
College Basketball: Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Spanos Center)
The Line: Pacific Tigers -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Nevada Wolfpack and Pacific Tigers play late Thursday at the Alex G. Spanos Center.
The Nevada Wolfpack have lost seven straight and play their third true road game. On the season, Nevada is averaging 56.6 points on 36.2 percent shooting and is allowing 63.6 points on 39.4 percent shooting. D.J. Fenner is averaging 10.8 points and 3.1 rebounds while Marqueze Coleman is averaging 10.4 points on 36.9 percent shooting. Michael Perez is the third player averaging double-digit points and AJ West is grabbing 8.7 rebounds. The Nevada Wolfpack rely on their defense and rebounding, as they’ve allowed 68 or less points in eight of their nine games and are averaging 38.6 boards per game. Offensively, Nevada is shooting 70.9 percent from the free throw line and just 26.7 percent from beyond the arc, a number that’s hurt them all season.
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The Pacific Tigers hope to keep things rolling after winning four of their last six games. On the season, Pacific is averaging 64.4 points on 40.3 percent shooting and is allowing 68.6 points on 44.4 percent shooting. T.J. Wallace leads Pacific with 14.4 points and 6.7 rebounds while Dulani Robinson is averaging 11.9 points and 3.4 assists. Eric Thompson is grabbing 4.5 rebounds and Alec Kobre is shooting 35.6 percent from the field. The Pacific Tigers are a well balanced team that’s shooting 64.5 percent from the free throw line and 38.1 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Pacific is forcing 10.3 turnovers per game and holding teams to 32.3 percent from downtown. Pacific is also a decent rebounding team, averaging 36.3 boards per contest.
The Wolf Pack are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games and 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Tigers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Wolf Pack are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Pacific and 1-7 ATS in the last 8 meetings overall.
I just can't back Nevada, a team that's falling apart before our very eyes. Pacific is a decent team on both sides of the ball and should be able to cover the reasonable number on its home court.