Boise State vs. Nevada - 1/15/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Nevada at Boise State
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 9:00 PM (Taco Bell Arena)
Boise State Broncos +7.5 -- Over/Under: 141
TV: CBS Sports Network
The 10th ranked Nevada Wolf Pack will travel to Taco Bell Arena to take on the Boise State Broncos this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The 10th ranked Nevada Wolf Pack won their 2nd straight game and improved to 16-1 (3-1 MW) on the season after defeating the Fresno State Bulldogs, 74-64, this past Saturday. Nevada struggled a bit on the offensive end agianst the Bulldogs, however, was solid defensively and was able to pull away for the victory after taking a 64-54 lead with 5:02 left in regulation. Nevada shot just 38.5% from the field, however, did outrebound the Bulldogs by a 42-34 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Wolf Pack Jordan Caroline who had a double-double with 19 points, 16 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and a block.
On the season, Nevada is averaging 80.7 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field. The Wolf Pack are averaging 8.6 three-pointers per game on 33.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Nevada has been led by Caleb Martin (19.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.3 spg), Jordan Caroline (18.4 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 1.7 apg), Jazz Johnson (11.4 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 1.5 apg), and Cody Martin (10.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 5.5 apg, 1.0 spg).
Defensively, Nevada is holding their opponents to an average of 66.2 ppg on 40.0% shooting from the field. The Wolf Pack have a rebound margin of 1.7 and a turnover margin of 3.8.
The Boise State Broncos won their 3rd straight game and improved to 8-8 (3-0 MW) on the season after defeating the San Jose State Spartans, 87-64, this past Saturday. Boise State led by just a 37-34 margin at halftime, however, dominated the Spartans on both ends of the court in the 2nd half and was able to easily pull away for the victory after taking a 58-38 lead with 14:06 left in regulation. Boise State shot 50.8% from the field & 48.4% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Broncos was Alex Hobbs who had 18 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assits, and a steal.
On the season, Boise State is averaging 72.1 ppg on 47.5% shooting from the field. The Broncos are averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game on 35.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Boise State has been led by Justinian Jessup (12.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.2 spg), Roderick Williams (12.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.5 spg), Alex Hobbs (10.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.8 apg), and Derrick Alston (10.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg).
Defensively, Boise State is holding their opponents to an average of 66.7 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field. The Broncos have a rebound margin of 3.3 and a turnover margin of -1.0.
The Wolf Pack are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 road games. The Broncos are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games.
Nevada was able to pull out an impressive win agianst a very good Fresno State team and has been solid on both sides of the ball this season as they currently rank 43rd in scoring offense, 54th in scoring defense, and 41st in defensive FG%. Boise State has won 4 of their last 5 games and currently rank 57th in FG% & 66th in scoring defense.
Nevada is one of the best teams in the country, however, their offense can certainly struggle at times to put up points and we’ve seen the Wolf Pack on many occasions, needing a big 2nd half to pull out victories. Boise State had a trough start to their season, however, has played better as of late, and as I think their defense will be able to give the Wolf Pack some trouble in this one, I’m taking the Broncos to cover at home with the points. Good Luck!