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Bucknell vs. UNLV - 12/25/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
UNLV Rebels (6-5) at Bucknell Bison (5-6)
Date & Time Tuesday December 25, 2018, 6:30 PM (EST)
Location
The Line
The Line: Bucknell Bison +2.5 -- Over/Under: 147.5
TV Channel
ESPNU
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The UNLV Rebels and Bucknell Bison meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the Stan Sheriff Center.

The UNLV Rebels look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The UNLV Rebels are averaging 73.7 points on 42.9 percent shooting and allowing 69.2 points on 43 percent shooting. Kris Clyburn is averaging 13 points and 3.8 rebounds while Amauri Hardy is averaging 12.5 points and 2.6 assists. Shakur Juiston is the third double-digit scorer and Joel Ntambwe is grabbing 5.6 rebounds. The UNLV Rebels are shooting 30.9 percent from beyond the arc and 70.1 percent from the free throw line. The UNLV Rebels are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.4 rebounds per game. The UNLV Rebels have split their last four non-home games.

The Bucknell Bison look to get back to a .500 record after splitting their last eight games. The Bucknell Bison are averaging 72.6 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 75.3 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Kimbal Mackenzie is averaging 15 points and 3.7 assists while Nate Sestina is averaging 14.6 points and 8.2 rebounds. Bruce Moore is the third double-digit scorer and Jimmy Sotos is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Bucknell Bison are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 70.3 percent from the free throw line. The Bucknell Bison are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.7 rebounds per game. The Bucknell Bison have split their last six non-home games.

The Runnin' Rebels are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bison are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. The over is 11-5 in Bison last 16 non-conference games. The under is 4-0 in Runnin' Rebels last 4 games following a ATS loss. The over is 4-1 in Bison last 5 Tuesday games.

The UNLV Rebels are a solid 7-4 ATS this season and aren't as bad as their subpar record indicates, as it's just a matter of the offense being a little more productive to catch up with an above-average defense. The Bucknell Bison are a below average team at both ends of the floor and are being outscored by 6.5 points in their last five games due to a defense that's getting worse. This is a game UNLV should win rather easily based on the way both teams have looked up to this point.

Pick:
UNLV Rebels -2.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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