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Nevada vs. UNLV - 2/7/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UNLV Rebels (16-7) at Nevada Wolf Pack (20-4)
Date & Time Wednesday February 7, 2018, 11:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Nevada Wolf Pack -9.5 -- Over/Under: 162
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NCAA BB | UNLV Rebels (16-7) at Nevada Wolf Pack (20-4)

We have some Mountain West Conference action on the hardwood as the UNLV Rebels take on the Nevada Wolf Pack in a college basketball matchup on Wednesday night.

The UNLV Rebels will look to find some consistent play after splitting their last 10 games, including a 93-91 overtime loss to Boise State in their last outing. Brandon McCoy led the Rebels with 24 points on 9 of 15 shooting with a team-high 8 rebounds and a pair of blocks, while Jordan Johnson came right behind in 2nd with 23 points on 5 of 12 shooting with a 12 of 13 mark from the foul line and a team-high 6 assists. Shakur Justin added 17 points on 7 of 9 shooting with 7 rebounds and a pair of steals while Jovan Mooring added 12 points and 4 assists to round out the quartet of double digit scorers for UNLV in the loss. McCoy leads the Rebels by averaging a double-double per game with 18 points and 10 boards per game while Johnson is UNLV’s top assist man with 5.9 helpers per game this season. As a team, UNLV is scoring the 8th-most points per game in the country with 86 per game with the 6th-best field goal percentage at 51%. The Rebels are also shooting 35% from behind the arc and 69.5% from the foul line this season.

The Nevada Wolf Pack will look to keep their momentum going after winning 12 of their last 14 games to sit atop the Mountain West standings following a 76-67 win over Colorado State in their last outing. Caleb Martin led the team with 26 points on 6 of 13 shooting with 3 triples and an 11 of 14 mark from the foul line to go along with 7 rebounds. Lindsey Drew came 2nd with 16 points on 4 of 8 shooting with a perfect 8 of 8 mark from the foul line to match-his team-high 8 rebounds, while Kendall Stephens added 15 points to round out the trio of double digit scorers for the Wolf Pack in the win. Cody Martin added 8 rebounds of his own while Jordan Caroline chipped in 7 boards and a team-high 3 assists and Josh Hall added 3 steals for Nevada. Caleb Martin leads the Wolf Pack in scoring with 19.8 points per game while Caroline leads Nevada on the glass with 8.8 rebounds per game and Drew leads the way in assists with 4.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Nevada is scoring 83.1 points per game on 47.2% shooting from the field, 40.5% from behind the arc and 75% from the foul line this season.

UNLV is 3-20-4 ATS in their last 27 road games and 2-10-1 ATS in their last 13 games overall while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games following a loss. Nevada is 2-5-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 33-16-2 ATS in their last 51 home games while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 home games against a team with a winning road record. The favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

Laying points, especially near double digits, against UNLV is dangerous because the Rebels can go off at any time. However, do you see UNLV’s record ATS on the road? No thanks. Not against a solid conference foe like Nevada. I think Nevada has everything going for them in this matchup, en route to a big double digit win here.

Nevada -9.5

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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