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Nevada vs. Utah State - 1/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Utah State Aggies (10-3) at Nevada Wolf Pack (13-0)
Date & Time Wednesday January 2, 2019, 11:00 PM (EST)
Location
The Line
The Line: Nevada Wolf Pack -10 -- Over/Under: 151
TV Channel
ESPNU
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The Utah State Aggies and the Nevada Wolf Pack meet in Mountain West conference college basketball action from the Lawlor Events Center on Wednesday night.

The Utah State Aggies will look to build some steam in the new year after picking up an 84-57 win over Eastern Oregon in their last outing. Sam Merrill led the Aggies with 28 points on 9 of 14 shooting with 4 threes and 3 steals while Neemias Queta added 13 points with a team-high 7 rebounds while Justin Bean added 12 points and 7 rebounds of his own to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Utah State in the win. Diogo Brito shot just 1 of 11 from the floor but still pulled down 6 rebounds and dished out a team-high 5 assists in addition to 3 steals in the winning effort. Merrill leads the Aggies with an average of 19.7 points and 3.7 assists per game while Queta leads Utah State on the glass with 7.8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Utah State is averaging 81.4 points per game on 48.2% shooting from the field, 34% from behind the arc and 76.4% from the foul line this season.

The Nevada Wolf Pack will look to remain undefeated after improving to 13-0 with an 86-71 win over Utah in their last outing. Caleb Martin led Nevada with 33 points on 11 of 23 shooting with 6 threes, a team-high 7 assists and 4 steals. Jordan Caroline added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the double-double while Jazz Johnson added 4 threes to make up his 12 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Nevada in the win. Caleb Martin leads Nevada in scoring with 19.9 points per game while Caroline leads the Wolf Pack on the glass with 9.8 rebounds per game and Cody Martin leads Nevada in assists with 5.5 assists per game this season. As a team, Nevada is averaging 82.8 points per game on 46.8% shooting from the field, 35.2% from behind the arc and 73.9% from the foul line this season.

Utah State is 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games overall and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 conference games. Nevada is 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 40-19-5 ATS in their last 64 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games following a win. Utah State is 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams and 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams at Nevada.

This is a lot of points to lay given how well Utah State has performed this season, however, the Aggies have lost back-to-back road games against Houston and BYU by double-digits over the last couple of weeks and you could definitely argue that Nevada is better and more balanced than both of those teams. Utah State has also had no luck ATS in this matchup over the last few years, so I’ll lay the points with Nevada in this spot.

Pick:
Nevada -10

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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