UNLV vs. Boise State - 12/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boise State Broncos (11-2) at UNLV Rebels (11-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 11:00 pm (Thomas & Mack Center)
The Line: UNLV Rebels -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: AT&T Sportsnet; AT&T Sportsnet - Rocky Mtn; AT&T Sportsnet - Southwest; Root Sports - Northwest; Mountain West Network
The Boise State Broncos will travel to the Thomas & Mack Center to take on the UNLV Rebels this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Boise State Broncos improved to 11-2 on the season after defeating the Colorado State Rams, 93-71, this past Wednesday. Boise State was outstanding on the offensive end against the Rams and pulled away after an 11-0 Broncos run gave Boise State a 88-67 lead with just 2:42 left in regulation. Boise State shot 54.0% from the field and 42.9% (12-28) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Broncos was Chandler Hutchison who had 24 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Boise State is averaging 78.5 ppg on 46.2% shooting from the field. The Broncos are averaging 11.3 three-pointers per game on 40.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensviely, Boise State has been led by Chandler Hutchison (16.3 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.2 spg), Justinian Jessup (14.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.4 spg), Christian Sengfelder (11.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg), and Alex Hobbs (11.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.6 apg). Defensively, Boise State is holding their opponents to an average of 65.0 ppg on 40.3% shooting from the field. The Broncos have a rebound margin of 7.5 and a turnover margin of -1.6.
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The UNLV Rebels won their 5th straight game and improved to 11-2 on the season after defeating the Northern Colorado Bears, 94-91, on December 22nd. UNLV found themselves down by an 80-72 margin with just 6:19 left in regulation, however, was outstanding offensively down the stretch and was able to pull out the come from behind victory. UNLV shot 54.0% from the field and 62.5% (5-8) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Rebels was Shakur Juiston who had a double-double with 30 points, 12 rebounds, and a steal. On the season, UNLV is averaging 91.2 ppg on 52.4% shooting from the field. The Rebels are averaging 6.2 three-pointers per game on 39.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UNLV has been led by Brandon McCoy (18.9 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 1.8 bpg), Jovan Mooring (15.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.5 spg), and Shakur Juiston (15.2 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.1 spg), and Jordan Johnson (12.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 6.5 apg, 1.3 spg). Defensively, UNLV is allowing their opponents to average 73.8 ppg on 39.5% shooting from the field. The Rebels have a rebound margin of 7.9 and a turnover margin of -2.6.
The Broncos are 4-1 ATS n their last 5 games following a ATS win however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Rebels are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing more than 90 points in their previous game.
Boise State comes into this game led by their defense that ranks 42nd in scoring defense and 58th in defensive FG%, however, the Broncos can also be tough to guard behind the arc as Boise State ranks 9th in three-pointers made per game and 27th in 3P-FG%. UNLV has one of the best frontcourts in the country in Brandon McCoy and Shakur Juiston and has been almost unstoppable on the offensive end as the Rebels rank 7th in scoring offense and 3rd in FG%. UNLV can struggle a bit on the defensive end however, I think they just have too much size for the Broncos to handle and I think the Rebels do enough on their home court to cover this spread. Take UNLV to cover.