Fresno State vs. Nevada - 12/27/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Nevada Wolf Pack (11-3) at Fresno State Bulldogs (10-3)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 10:00 pm (Save Mart Center)
The Line: Fresno State Bulldogs +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
We have Mountain West conference action on the hardwood as the Nevada Wolf Pack take on the Fresno State Bulldogs in a college basketball matchup on Wednesday night.
The Nevada Wolf Pack will look to bounce back after having their 3 game winning streak snapped with a 66-64 loss to San Francisco in their last outing. Caleb Martin led the team with 21 points on 7 of 16 shooting with a pair of threes and 7 rebounds. Cody Martin and Kendall Stephens tied for 2nd with 14 points apiece, with Cody Martin going 7 of 13 from the field with a pair of steals, while Stephens went 5 of 7 with 4 threes. Lindsey Drew added 4 points and a team-high 8 rebounds with a pair of blocks, while Jordan Caroline added 6 points, shooting just 2 of 12 from the floor in the loss. Caleb Martin leads the team in scoring with an average of 18.7 points per game, while Caroline leads the team in rebounding with 9.1 rebounds per game and Cody Martin leads the way in assists with 4.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Nevada is scoring 82.2 points per game on 48.9% shooting from the field, 41.7% from behind the arc and 72.5% from the foul line this season.
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The Fresno State Bulldogs will try to keep the momentum going after winning 8 of their last 9 games following a 93-56 win over Cal State-Monterey Bay in their last outing. Bryson Williams led the team with 30 points on 14 of 17 shooting while Deshon Taylor added 18 points and a team-high 9 assists. Ray Bowles Jr. added 16 points and 3 steals, while Jahmel Taylor added 13 points and Nate Grimes rounded out the scoring in double figures for Fresno State with 10 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks for the double-double. Deshon Taylor leads the team with an average of 18.6 points and 3.1 assists per game while Williams leads the team in rebounding with 7.2 boards per game. As a team, Fresno State is scoring 80.8 points per game on 50.5% shooting from the field, 41.4% from behind the arc and 69.4% from the foul line this season.
Nevada is 14-2 ATS in their last 16 games following a loss and 37-15-2 ATS in their last 54 games overall while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 conference matchups. Fresno State is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 conference games and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 home games while the over is 8-0 in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record.The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
Normally I’m the first person to jump on Nevada as the Wolf Pack have been dominant against the spread for the last couple of years now. The problem is that I’m having a hard time bringing myself to laying points with Nevada after how they just lost to an up and down San Francisco team, and laying points on the road against a Fresno State team that’s very good at home. The Bulldogs can hang with Nevada offensively, and match up quite well with the Wolf Pack, so I’ll take the points with Fresno State in this one.