San Diego State vs. Nevada - 3/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Nevada Wolf Pack (26-5) at San Diego State Aztecs (18-10)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 10:00 pm (Viejas Arena)
The Line: San Diego State Aztecs -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The 21st ranked Nevada Wolf Pack will travel to Viejas Arena to take on the San Diego State Aztecs this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The 21st ranked Nevada Wolf Pack won their 6th straight game and improved to 26-5 (15-2 MW) on the season after defeating the UNLV Rebels, 101-75, this past Wednesday. Nevada came out of the gates hot in this one and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 54-28 halftime lead. Nevada shot 50.7% from the field and 54.2% (13-24) from beyond the arc in the win. Leading the way for the Wolf Pack was Cody Martin who had 26 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 block, and 3 steals. On the season, Nevada is averaging 83.8 ppg on 47.1% shooting from the field. The Wolf Pack are averaging 9.8 three-pointers per game on 40.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Nevada has been led by Caleb Martin (19.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.2 spg), Jordan Caroline (17.3 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 2.0 apg), Cody Martin (14.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.7 spg, 1.5 bpg), and Kendall Stephens (13.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg). Defensively, Nevada is allowing their opponents to average 72.1 ppg on 42.7% shooting from the field. The Wolf Pack have a rebound margin of 0.9 and a turnover margin of 3.0. Nevada will be without Lindsey Drew who is out for the season due to an Achilles injury.
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The San Diego State Aztecs won their 5th consecutive game and improved to 18-10 (10-7 MW) on the season after defeating the Boise State Broncos, 72-64, this past Tuesday. San Diego State was outstanding defensively in the 2nd half and pulled away from the Broncos after taking a 66-59 lead with just 2:30 left in regulation. San Diego State held Boise State to 39.6% shooting from the field and 29.6% (8-27) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Aztecs was Jalen McDaniels who had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. On the season, San Diego State is averaging 77.3 ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field. The Aztecs are averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game on 34.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, San Diego State has been led by Malik Pope (12.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.2 bpg), Devin Watson (12.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.0 spg), Matt Mitchell (11.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.1 spg), and Jalen McDaniels (10.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg). Defensively, San Diego State is holding their opponents to an average of 67.8 ppg on 41.8% shooting from the field. The Aztecs have a rebound margin of 5.0 and a turnover margin of 2.0.
The Wolf Pack are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points and 17-6-1 ATS in their last 24 games following a ATS win. The Aztecs are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Nevada bounced back from a lackluster performance against Colorado State to show how dangerous a team they can be in their blowout victory at UNLV and come into this game led by their offense that ranks 19th in scoring offense, 62nd in FG%, and 20th in 3P-FG%. San Diego State has played some of their best basketball of the season as of late and has been solid on both sides of the ball as the Aztecs rank 83rd in scoring offense, 62nd in scoring defense, and 56th in defensive FG%. San Diego State is a tough place to play, however, Nevada’s offense had no trouble finding the scoreboard in their 83-58 victory at home earlier in the season and as the Wolfpack are still playing for a better seed in the NCAA Tournament, I think the Wolf Pack does enough to cover with the points.