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San Jose State vs. UNLV - 2/16/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
UNLV at San Jose State
Date & Time Saturday February 16, 2019, 5:00 PM (EST)
Location
San Jose State Event Center
San Jose, CA
The Line
UNLV Runnin Rebels -11.5 -- Over/Under: 146
TV Channel
ATTSN
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The UNLV Rebels and the San Jose State Spartans meet in Mountain West college basketball action from the San Jose State Event Center on Saturday afternoon.

The UNLV Rebels will look to build on a 77-72 win over Air Force in their last outing. Amauri Hardy led the Rebels with 24 points on 9 of 14 shooting with 3 threes and 3 steals while Nick Blair added 13 points and Noah Robotham added 12 points with a team-high 4 assists to round out the group of double-digit scorers for UNLV in the winning effort. Cheike Mbacke Diong added 6 points with a team-high 9 rebounds as well in the victory for the Rebels. Kris Clyburn was held to just 8 poits but still leads UNLV in scoring with 13.5 points per game while Joel Ntambwe leads UNLV on the glass with 5.5 rebounds per game and the aforementioned Robotham leads the Rebels in assists with 5 helpers per game this season. As a team, UNLV is averaging 75.1 points per game on 43.4% shooting from the field, 35% from behind the arc and 67.6% from the foul line this season.

The San Jose State Spartans will be out to snap an ugly 14-game losing streak after a 92-60 loss to New Mexico in their last outing. Noah Baumann led the Spartans with 10 points along with 3 assists and 3 steals as the only Spartan to score in double figures in the losing effort. Seneca Knight added 9 points with 3 assists while Michael Steadman chipped in 8 points and Ashtin Chastain contributed 7 points and a team-high 11 rebounds in the loss for SJSU. Steadman leads the Spartans with an average of 12.8 points and 8 rebounds per game while Ivey leads San Jose State in assists with 3.4 helpers per game this season. As a team, San Jose State is averaging 64.7 points per game on 40.3% shooting from the field, 32.9% from behind the arc and 65.9% from the foul line this season.

UNLV is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 10-29-5 ATS in their last 44 road games while the over is 7-3 in their last 10 conference games. San Jose State is 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 8-2 in their last 10 games following a loss. UNLV is 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

Anyone who has followed me knows I try to go against UNLV on the road whenever possible as the Rebels are just not a good team away from home and the fact that the Rebels have had issues ATS overall the last couple of weeks doesn’t help matters. However, San Jose State continues to lose and lose badly, and it gets to a point where the points, unless you’re getting an insane boatload of them, hold no value. Only one of San Jose State’s conference games has been decided by single digits, and the average margin of defeat for the Spartans in conference play is 24 points per game. I’ll lay the points with UNLV as there’s just no backing San Jose State in any capacity.

Pick:
UNLV -11.5

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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