New Mexico vs Nevada College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 12/31/20

New Mexico vs Nevada College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 12/31/20 Photo by Reno Gazette-Journal-USA TODAY NETWORK

Nevada Wolf Pack (6-3) at New Mexico Lobos (3-2)

College Basketball: Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Rip Griffin Center)

The Line: New Mexico Lobos +6 -- Over/Under: 147 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Nevada Wolf Pack and the New Mexico Lobos meet in Mountain West conference college basketball action from DreamStyle Arena on Thursday night.

The Nevada Wolf Pack will be out to rebound from a 68-66 upset loss to Air Force in their last game. Zane Meeks led the Wolf Pack with 18 points along with 8 rebounds for the double-double while Grand Sherfield chipped in 10 points with a team-high 4 assists as the only other double-digit scorer for Nevada in the losing effort. Warren Washington added 8 points with 12 rebounds as well in the loss for Nevada. Sherfield leads the Wolf Pack in scoring and assists with an average of 15.7 points and 5.4 assists per game while Meeks leads the Pack in rebounding with 6.6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Nevada is averaging 71.4 points on 44.4% shooting from the field, 33.5% from 3-point range and 70.9% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 67.2 points on 39.3% shooting from the field and 31.7% from 3-point range this season.

The New Mexico Lobos need a win after ending up on the wrong end of an 89-52 beatdown against Boise State last time out. Makuach Maluach, Saquan Singleton and Rod Brown each had a team-high 8 points with Singleton and Maluach each logging a pair of steals and Maluach recording 4 rebounds. Kurt Wegscheider added a team-high 5 rebounds as well in the defeat for the Lobos. Maluach leads New Mexico in scoring and rebounding with an average of 15.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game while Singleton leads the Lobos in assists with 2.6 assists per game this season. As a team, New Mexico is averaging 74.2 points on 44.2% shooting from the field, 28.9% from 3-point range and 61% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average70 points on 42.1% shooting from the field and 34.7% from 3-point range this season.

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Nevada is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record and 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 road games. New Mexico is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 11-4-1 in their last 16 Thursday games.

I get why the points are worth a look with New Mexico as a home dog. However, the Lobos looked horrible against Boise State and while Nevada may not be on that upper tier in the Mountain West, they’re not far off and Steve Alford has this Nevada team playing fairly well. New Mexico seems far removed from the perennial 20-win teams of recent years and I think that the Lobos are in for a long one here so I’ll lay the points with Nevada on the road in this spot as well.

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Chris’s Pick Nevada -6

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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