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Loyola Marymount vs. Boise State - 12/19/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Boise State Broncos (4-6) at Loyola Marymount Lions (10-1)
Date & Time Wednesday December 19, 2018, 10:00 PM (EST)
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The Line
The Line: Loyola Marymount Lions -5.5 -- Over/Under: 129
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The Boise State Broncos and the Loyola Marymount Lions meet in college basketball action from Albert Gersten Pavilion on Wednesday night.

The Boise State Broncos will look for a bounce back performance after a 66-54 loss to Oregon in their last outing. Alex Hobbs led the Broncos with 21 points on 8 of 15 shooting with 5 threes while Marcus Dickinson and Zach Haney each had 11 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Boise State in the loss. Derrick Alston was held to a single point but still grabbed a team-high 5 rebounds. RJ Williams went 0 for 6 from the floor, but still leads the Broncos with an average of 14.3 points and 7 rebounds per game while Jessup leads Boise State with an average of 3 assists per game this season. As a team, Boise State is averaging 70.8 points per game on 46.9% shooting from the field, 35.3% from behind the arc and 68.1% from the foul line this season.

The Loyola Marymount Lions will look to build on back-to-back wins and their solid 10-1 start to the year after an 85-58 beatdown of Portland State in their last outing. James Batemon led the Lions with 26 points on 7 of 16 shooting with 3 threes and a 9 of 12 mark from the foul line. Joe Quintana added 16 points with 4 steals while Eli Scott added 14 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Dameane Douglas added 12 points on 5 of 6 shooting with a pair of threes and a team-high 4 assists to round out the foursome of double-digit scorers for LMU in the win while Mattias Markusson added 6 points and a team-high 12 rebounds in the victory. Batemon leads the Lions with an average of 19.5 points and 3.7 assists per game while Markusson leads Loyola Marymount on the glass with 8.7 boards per game this season. As a team, Loyola Marymount is averaging 72.7 points per game on 44.6% shooting from the field, 32.1% from behind the arc and 77.1% from the foul line this season. Loyola Marymount are tough defensively, allowing just 58.3 points per game, good for the 9th-fewest in the country, while holding opponents to the 3rd-lowest 3-point percentage in D-I giving up just 24.7% from behind the arc this season.

Boise State is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games and 2-10 ATS in their last 12 non-conference games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. Loyola Marymount is 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games overall and 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games against the Mountain West. The road team is 4-1-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

You could make a case for Boise State and the points as the road team has had a lot of success ATS in this matchup, and the Lions had a couple of close calls at home before going on their lengthy road trip. However, Loyola Marymount is off to their best start in a long time and the Lions look poised to make some noise in a West Coast Conference that seems to be the most up for grabs than it has been in a long, long time. The Lions have also done a good job at handily beating teams they should beat, and even taking down some teams that should’ve posed a tough test, so I’ll lay the points with Loyola Marymount in this spot.

Pick:
Loyola Marymount -5.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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