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San Jose State vs. Boise State - 1/12/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boise State at San Jose State
Date & Time Saturday January 12, 2019, 3:00 PM (EST)
San Jose State Event Center
San Jose, CA
The Line
Boise State -10.5 -- Over/Under: 136
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Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

The Boise State Broncos and the San Jose State Spartans meet in Mountain West conference college basketball action from San Jose State Event Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Boise State Broncos will look to build on back-to-back wins after an 88-64 win over San Diego State in their last outing. Derrick Alston led the Broncos with 30 points on 9 of 14 shooting with a pair of threes and a 10 of 12 mark from the foul line while Alex Hobbs added 18 points as the only other Boise State player to score in double figures in the winning effort. Justinian Jessup added 9 points with 3 threes and team-highs of 8 rebounds and 5 assists as well in the victory. RJ Williams was held to 6 points but still leads Boise State with an average of 13.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game while Jessup leads the Broncos in assists with 2.7 assists per game this season. As a team, Boise State is averaging 71.1 points per game on 47.3% shooting from the field, 34.5% from behind the arc and 70.5% from the foul line this season.

The San Jose State Spartans will be out to snap a 5-game losing streak after being on the wrong end of a 92-53 rout at the hands of Nevada in their last outing. Brae Ivey led San Jose State with 10 points on 4 of 7 shooting with a pair of threes as the lone Spartan to score in double figures in the losing effort. Michael Steadman added 8 points with a team-high 12 rebounds while Oumar Berry added 8 points on 3 of 3 shooting from the floor with 5 rebounds. Steadman leads the Spartans by averaging 13.4 points and 9.4 rebounds per game while Ivey leads San Jose State in assists with 4 assists per game this season. As a team, San Jose State is averaging 67.2 points per game on 41.3% shooting from the field, 33.4% from behind the 3-point line and 69.4% from the foul line this season.

Boise State is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 10-25-1 ATS in their last 36 games following a win while the under is 6-2-1 in their last 9 games against a team with a losing record. San Jose State is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a loss while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 conference games. Boise State is 19-7 ATS in the last 26 meetings between these two teams but just 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams at San Jose State.

A lot of times it’s uncomfortable to back a double-digit road favorite, and for me it’s hard to stomach it with Boise State as the Broncos are a team I’d picture as one deserving of this kind of line. However, San Jose State has been brutal as of late, failing to break 53 points in 3 straight games and are probably well on their way to finishing at the bottom of the Mountain West standings again this season. Boise State is simply the better team here and given how easily the Broncos made things look against Wyoming and San Diego State, I see no reason why the Broncos can’t do it again here, so I’ll lay the points with Boise State in this one.

Boise State -10.5

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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