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Nevada vs. Colorado State - 1/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Colorado State at Nevada
Date & Time Wednesday January 23, 2019, 11:00 PM (EST)
Location
Lawlor Events Center
Reno, NV
The Line
Nevada Wolf Pack -21.5 -- Over/Under: 151
TV Channel
CBSSN
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The Colorado State Rams and the Nevada Wolf Pack meet in Mountain West conference college basketball action from the Lawlor Events Center on Wednesday night.

The Colorado State Rams will look for their first road win of the season after an 87-72 loss to Utah State in their last outing. J.D. Paige led the Rams with 17 points while Hyron Edwards chipped in 14 points with 3 threes and 3 steals. While Adam Thistlewood and Nico Carvacho each had 12 points with Thistlewood adding 4 threes while Carvacho added a team-high 10 rebounds for the double-double. Kris Martin added 10 points with a team-high 4 assists to round out the scoring in double figures for Colorado State in the loss, while Kendle Moore added 7 points and 4 assists of his own in the losing effort. Carvacho leads the Rams by averaging a double-double per game with 15.9 points and 12.3 rebounds per game while Moore leads Colorado State in assists with 3 helpers per game this season. As a team, Colorado State is averaging 76.1 points per game on 47% shooting from the field, 34.7% from behind the 3-point line and 71.2% from the foul line this season.

The Nevada Wolf Pack will look to remain unbeaten at home after a 4th straight win following a 67-52 win over Air Force last time out. Jordan Caroline led the Wolf Pack with 19 points on 7 of 11 shooting with 8 rebounds while Trey Porter added 11 points with 6 rebounds and Caleb Martin added 10 points with 7 rebounds and a team-high 5 assists to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Nevada in the win. Cody Martin also added 9 points and 8 rebounds of his own as well in the victory for Nevada. Caroline leads Nevada by averaging 18.3 points and 9.8 rebounds per game while Cody Martin leads the Wolf Pack in assists with 5.1 helpers per game this season. As a team, Nevada is averaging 79.5 points per game on 45.5% shooting from the field, 32.5% from behind the arc and 72% from the foul line this season.

Colorado State is 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the over is 19-7 in their last 26 conference games. Nevada is 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a losing record and 10-25-1 ATS in their last 36 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400 while the under is 10-3 in their last 13 games overall. Colorado State is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 trips to Nevada.

I can understand why Nevada would be a heavy favorite here, as the Wolfpack already have 11 more wins than the Rams, are ranked 7th in the country and are 9-0 at home this season with an average margin of victory of 20.9 points per game. However, Colorado State, despite a below average record, are 4-0 ATS on the road this season and are only being outscored by 7.4 points per game away from home this year. Now granted, I think that Nevada is better than Long Beach State, UNLV, Fresno State and Utah State (which are the 4 teams that Colorado State has had true road games against this year) but if Carvacho can get some scoring help, I think Colorado State can keep this one within 20 points so I’ll take a shot with the Rams and the truckload of free points in this one.

Pick:
Colorado State +21.5

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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