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Nevada vs. Arizona State - 12/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Arizona State Sun Devils (7-0) at Nevada Wolf Pack (8-0)
Date & Time Saturday December 8, 2018, 12:00 AM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Nevada Wolf Pack -8.5 -- Over/Under: 160
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NCAA BB | Arizona State Sun Devils (7-0) at Nevada Wolf Pack (8-0)
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The Nevada Wolf Pack and the Arizona State Sun Devils meet in college basketball action from the Staples Center as part of the Air Force Reserve Basketball Hall of Fame Classic.

The Nevada Wolf Pack will look to remain unbeaten after improving to 8-0 with a 73-61 win over USC in their last outing. Jordan Caroline led the Wolf Pack with 24 points along with 11 rebounds for the double-double while Tre’Shawn Thurman added 14 points along with 9 rebounds and Caleb Martin added 12 points with 6 rebounds and 4 assists to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for the Wolf Pack in the win. Cody Martin added 8 points and a team-high 7 assists as well in the victory. Caleb Martin leads Nevada in scoring with 19.9 points per game while Cody Martin leads the Wolf Pack with 6.2 assists per game and Caroline leads Nevada in rebounding by averaging a double-double per game with 18.5 points to go along with his team-leading 10 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Nevada is averaging 88 points per game on 49.6% shooting from the field, 38.5% from behind the arc and 72% from the foul line this season.

The Arizona State Sun Devils will look to build on their 7-0 start to the year after an 83-71 win over Texas Southern in their last outing. Romello White led ASU with 19 points along with 14 rebounds for the double-double while Luguentz Dort came right behind with 18 points. Zylan Cheatham and Taeshon Cherry each added 14 points with Cherry hitting 4 threes while Cheatham added 13 rebounds and 10 assists for the triple-double. Kimani Lawrence added 13 points with 8 rebounds and 5 assists to round out the scoring in double figures for Arizona State in the win. Dort leads Arizona State in scoring with 21.7 points per game while Cheatham leads ASU with an average of 9.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Arizona State is averaging 86.1 points per game on 47.6% shooting from the field, 36.2% from behind the 3-point line and 66.8% from the foul line this season.

Nevada is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games against the Pac-12 while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 non-conference games. Arizona State is 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games against the Mountain West and 16-5 ATS in their last 21 non-conference games while the under is 11-5-2 in their last 18 Friday games.

I said coming into this game that I’d want to be on whatever side had the points with this game being played on a neutral floor. And with that said, I definitely didn’t expect the line to be this thick. Yes, Nevada is the better team here in my opinion, and while it wouldn’t surprise me to see the Wolf Pack win this by double-digits, I think Arizona State can at the very worst keep this one close as I don’t see that much of a gap between the two sides offensively, so I’ll take a shot with Arizona State and the points here.

Pick:
Arizona State +8.5

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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