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Wyoming vs. Nevada - 2/16/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Nevada at Wyoming
Date & Time Saturday February 16, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
Location
Arena-Auditorium
Laramie, WY
The Line
Nevada Wolf Pack -20.5 -- Over/Under: 142
TV Channel
ESPN2, ESPNU
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The Nevada Wolf Pack and the Wyoming Cowboys meet in Mountain West college basketball action from the Arena Auditorium on Saturday night.

The Nevada Wolf Pack will look to build on their current 9-game winning streak after a 91-62 win over New Mexico in their last outing. Trey Porter and Caleb Martin led the Wolf Pack with 20 points apiece, with Porter shooting 8 of 11 from the floor with 9 rebounds while Martin shot 7 of 13 with 4 threes and 3 steals. Jordan Caroline, Cody Martin and Jazz Johnson each had 13 points, with Caroline adding 13 rebounds for the double-double while Cody chipped in a team-high 7 assists and 3 steals and Johnson shot 6 of 11 from the floor with a pair of steals. Tre’Shawn Thurman added 10 points and 6 rebounds to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Nevada in the winning effort. Caleb Martin leads Nevada in scoring with 19.3 points per game while Cody Martin leads the Wolf Pack in assists with 5.4 assists per game and Jordan Carolina leads Nevada in rebounding by averaging a double-double per game with 19 points to go along with his team-high 10.1 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Nevada is averaging 82.5 points per game on 46.8% shooting from the field, 34.3% from behind the 3-point line and 73.2% from the foul line this season.

The Wyoming Cowboys will look to bounce back from yet another defeat, this one coming in the form of a 76-59 loss to Utah State in their last outing. Justin James led Wyoming with 26 points on 9 of 18 shooting with 3 threes as the lone Cowboy to score in double figures in the losing effort. Hunter Thompson and Trace Young each added 7 points with Young added a team-high 6 rebounds as well in the loss for Wyoming. James leads Wyoming with an average of 20.9 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Wyoming is averaging 66 points per game on 42% shooting from the field, 35.9% from behind the arc and 72.3% from the foul line this season.

Nevada is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 conference games. Wyoming is 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 home games and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall while the under is 8-3 in their last 11 games following a loss. Nevada is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams at Wyoming and the road team is 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.

The points with Wyoming are tempting at first glance, given that you rarely get lines this big with a team on the road. However, anyone that’s followed me knows my stance on Wyoming, and the loss to Utah State just further proved the fact that it’s James or bust more often than not for the Cowboys. I think the fact that the line is this thick just goes to speak to how wide of a talent gap there is between the two sides. Nevada is one of the most balanced and talented teams in the country, and I think the Wolf Pack show their dominance and flex some muscle with a massive win and cover here.

Pick:
Nevada -20.5

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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