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New Mexico vs. Nevada - 01/05/2019 NCAA BB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New Mexico - Nevada
Date & Time Saturday January 5, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Dreamstyle Arena
The Line
The Line: New Mexico +14.5 — Over/Under: 157
TV Channel
ESPNU
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NCAA BB | New Mexico - Nevada
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The Nevada Wolf Pack and New Mexico Lobos meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Dreamstyle Arena.

The Nevada Wolf Pack look for another victory to build on their impressive 14-0 record. The Nevada Wolf Pack are averaging 82 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allowing 66.1 points on 39.4 percent shooting. Caleb Martin is averaging 19 points and 2.9 assists while Jordan Caroline is averaging 18.4 points and 9.9 rebounds. Jazz Johnson is the third double-digit scorer and Cody Martin is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Nevada Wolf Pack are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 74.5 percent from the free throw line. The Nevada Wolf Pack are allowing 30.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.1 rebounds per game. The Nevada Wolf Pack have won all three road games this season.

The New Mexico Lobos look for a statement win after splitting their last six games. The New Mexico Lobos are averaging 76.4 points on 43 percent shooting and allowing 79.8 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Anthony Mathis is averaging 15.5 points and 2.2 assists while Vance Jackson is averaging 11.4 points and 6.8 rebounds. Carlton Bragg is the third double-digit scorer and Corey Manigault is grabbing 5.3 rebounds. The New Mexico Lobos are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 67.6 percent from the free throw line. The New Mexico Lobos are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.7 rebounds per game. The New Mexico Lobos have lost four of their last seven home games.

The Wolf Pack are 34-15-3 ATS in their last 52 games following a ATS win and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Lobos are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The under is 6-0 in Lobos last 6 overall. The under is 7-1 in Wolf Pack last 8 overall.

Four of the last five meetings between Nevada and New Mexico have been decided by five or less points. The Nevada Wolf Pack are obviously a better version of any team they've had recently, but New Mexico is also a pretty good offensive team at home, which includes an average of 79.3 points on 45.4 percent shooting. This is also the game of the season for the Lobos with them not having much else to play for outside of playing a top-10 program. There's some value with the points and New Mexico, as that offense can get hot and hang around just enough.  

Pick:
New Mexico +14.5

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