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Nevada vs. San Jose State - 1/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
San Jose State at Nevada
Date & Time Wednesday January 9, 2019, 11:00 PM (EST)
Location
Lawlor Events Center
Reno, NV
The Line
The Line: Nevada Wolf Pack -29 -- Over/Under: 142
TV Channel
CBS Sports Network
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The San Jose State Spartans will travel to the Lawlor Events Center to take on the 10th ranked Nevada Wolf Pack this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The San Jose State Spartans lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 3-10 (0-1 MW) on the season after being defeated by the Fresno State Bulldogs, 73-53, this past Wednesday night. San Jose State was overmatched from the tip-off on both ends of the court and couldn’t fight back after going into halftime trailing by a 47-25 margin. San Jose State allowed Fresno State to shoot 51.9% from the field while the Spartans shot just 35.3% from the field & 36.8% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Spartans was Michael Steadman who had a double-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal.

On the season, San Jose State is averaging 68.3 ppg on 41.4% shooting from the field. The Spartans are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 33.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, San Jose State has been led by Michael Steadman (13.8 ppg, 9.2 rpg), Brae Ivey (12.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.2 apg), Oumar Barry (9.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg), and Craig LeCesne (8.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.5 apg).

Defensively, San Jose State is allowing their opponents to average 75.5 ppg on 46.3% shooting from the field. The Spartans have a rebound margin of 4.2 and a turnover margin of -3.9.

The 10th ranked Nevada Wolf Pack lost their first game of the season, dropping to 14-1 (1-1 MW) on the year, after being defeated by the New Mexico Lobos, 85-58, this past Saturday. In a shocking upset, Nevada couldn’t get anything going offensive end against the Lobos and couldn’t fight back after falling behind by a 68-45 margin with 6:54 left in regulation. Nevada shot just 33.3% from the field and 18.2% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Wolf Pack was Jordan Caroline who had 17 points, 8 rebounds, and a steal.

On the season, Nevada is averaging 80.4 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field. The Wolf Pack are averaging 8.3 three-pointers per game on 33.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Nevada has been led by Jordan Caroline (18.3 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 1.7 apg), Caleb Martin (18.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.3 spg), Jazz Johnson (11.7 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 1.7 apg), and Cody Martin (10.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 5.7 apg, 1.1 spg).

Defensively, Nevada is holding their opponents to an average of 67.3 ppg on 39.8% shooting from the field. The Wolf Pack have a rebound margin of 1.3 and a turnover margin of 3.0.

The Spartans are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games, however, just 17-39 ATS in their last 56 games following a double-digit loss at home. The Wolf Pack are 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 Wednesday games and 39-19-3 ATS in their last 61 home games.

San Jose State has struggled on both sides of the ball this season as they come into this game ranked just 297th in scoring offense & 265th in scoring defense, however, they were competitive in games on the road against Stanford & California as they lost to each of those teams by just single digits. Nevada didn’t have their offense rolling against New Mexico, however, I don’t think anyone in the country is doubting that the Wolf Pack are not a still a top-10 team with the talent and experience they have on that roster. Nevada has been solid on both ends of the court this season as they come into this game ranked 53rd in scoring offense & 85th in scoring defense.

Nevada is undefeated at home while San Jose State has yet to win away from home, however, I just don’t see how I can get away taking this many points, as the Spartans are a better team than the one that lost by 23 at Nevada last season. I expect Nevada to bounce back with a big win here, however, I just don't see them winning by 30. Take the Spartans and the points. 

Pick:
San Jose State Spartans +29

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