Air Force vs New Mexico College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 2/22/21

Air Force vs New Mexico College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 2/22/21 Photo by Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

New Mexico Lobos (5-13) at Air Force Falcons (4-16)

College Basketball: Monday, February 22, 2021 at 9:30 pm (Clune Arena)

The Line: Air Force Falcons -1 -- Over/Under: 124.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The New Mexico Lobos and the Air Force Falcons meet Monday in college basketball action from Clune Arena. 

New Mexico enters this one at 5-13 so far. The Lobos have lost five straight games, most recently to Wyoming. As for Air Force, they’re 4-16 so far. The Falcons are riding a nine-game losing streak, most recently falling to Fresno State. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place. 

New Mexico opened up the year with a 3-0 record, but they’ve only been able to muster two more wins over Dixie State and San Jose State since then. The Lobos have lost to San Jose State, Fresno State and Wyoming during this current five-game losing streak. 

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In the 79-67 loss to Wyoming, the Lobos’ top scorer was Makuach Maluach with 30 points and five rebounds with one assist. Valdir Manuel chipped in with nine points, two rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes on the floor as well. 

Over on the Air Force side, their year started at 3-3, but they’ve only been able to manage a single win over Wyoming since December 20. The Falcons have lost to Wyoming, SDSU, San Jose State, UNLV and Fresno State in their current nine-game losing streak. 

In the 67-64 loss to Fresno State, Air Force’s Nikc Jackson was the team’s only double-digit performer with 13 points, two rebounds and one assist. Ameka Akaya got close to that threshold with nine points, one rebound and one assist in 24 minutes. 

The Falcons are 10-23-1 ATS in their last 34 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five home games. Air Force is 2-9 ATS in their last 11 as a favorite and the over is 5-1 in their last six after an ATS win. 

Meanwhile, the Lobos are 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 after an ATS loss. The under is 10-1-1 in the Lobos’ last 12 road games and 5-2 in their last seven after an ATS loss. 

PICK: I’m going to lean toward New Mexico in this one. The good news here is that one of these teams will be putting a halt to their losing streak, and it should be a competitive game. New Mexico has been scoring slightly better than the Falcons lately, and if the Lobos can get off to a good start I think they’ll be in good shape toward a cover/win. 

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Andrew’s Pick New Mexico Lobos +1

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