New Mexico vs Nevada College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/2/21

New Mexico vs Nevada College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/2/21 Photo by Matt Stamey-USA TODAY Sports

Nevada Wolf Pack (7-3) at New Mexico Lobos (3-3)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 10:00 pm (DreamStyle Arena)

The Line: New Mexico Lobos +6 -- Over/Under: 143 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 Saturday night.

The Nevada Wolf Pack will look to add to their 7-3 mark on the year after a 68-54 win over the same New Mexico Lobos in their last game. Grant Sherfield leads the Pack with 16.1 points per game, shooting 43.1% from the field and 38.9% from 3-point range while also putting up a team-high 5.1 assists per game this season. Desmond Cambridge Jr. sits right behind in 2nd, averaging 15.4 PPG and Zane Meeks is 3rd, logging 10.1 PPG as well as a team-high 6.9 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Nevada is averaging 71.1 points per game on 43.8% shooting from the field, 32.5% from behind the 3-point line and 71.8% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 65.9 points per game on 38.5% shooting from the field and 31.2% from 3-point range this season.

The New Mexico Lobos will try to get back above .500, falling back to 3-3 with their loss to Nevada last time out. Makuach Maluach leads the Lobos in scoring with 15.2 PPG as well as on the glass with 6.7 RPG this season, shooting 48.5% from the field and 43.8% from 3-point range. Rod Brown is 2nd in scoring with 10.7 PPG and 5.8 RPG, the Lobos’ only other double-digit scorer up to this point in the season. Bayron Matos and Saquan Singleton each have 7+ points and 5.3 RPG this season with Singleton dishing out a team-high 2.8 assists per game this season. As a team, New Mexico is averaging 70.8 points on 42.2% shooting from the field, 27.8% from behind the arc and 56.3% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 69.7 points on 41.6% shooting from the field and 33.3% from 3-point range this season.

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Nevada is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 4-1 ATS in their lat 5 road games against a team with a winning home record while the over is 12-2 in their last 14 games following a win. New Mexico is 8-20 ATS in their last 28 games against a team with a winning record and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a loss while the under is 7-1-1 in their last 9 games overall. The favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.

I get why the points with a home dog are worth a look in this spot, as it’s hard for one team to beat another in the span of just a couple of days. However, while Nevada’s been an average to above average team for much of the year, New Mexico has been pretty bad lately, getting beat soundly despite being given pretty short lines, including the last loss to Nevada, losing by 14 as a 5-point dog. I just don’t see much playing out different here, so I’ll lay the points with Nevada in this spot.

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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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