Check out our free Nevada vs UNLV pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Las Vegas. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Nevada vs UNLV Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 28th Betting Odds
Wolf Pack vs Runnin’ Rebels Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Nevada Wolf Pack at UNLV Runnin’ Rebels
- Where: Las Vegas at Thomas & Mack Center
- Date: Saturday, January 28th
- Betting Odds: Nevada +1, NEVADA -105 | UNLV -117 O/U 140.0
Wolf Pack Preview:
Nevada will take the floor against the Runnin’ Rebels with an overall record of 16-5. So far, the Wolf Pack have played 10 games on the road, with a record of 5-5. For the season, Nevada has been the underdog in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 2-4. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Wolf Pack being +1 point underdogs.
Nevada will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Jarod Lucas who is averaging 17.05 points per game for the Wolf Pack. Lucas is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Wolf Pack’s offensive game plan is the play of Kenan Blackshear who has hit 46.4% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.86 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Nevada this season, as they are currently ranked 161st in college basketball at 72.5 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Wolf Pack’s 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.8%, placing them 270th in the NCAA.
Runnin’ Rebels Preview:
UNLV will take the floor against the Wolf Pack with an overall record of 13-7. Currently, the Runnin’ Rebels have been the home team 14 times, sitting with a record of 10-4. The Runnin’ Rebels’ are sitting with a betting line that is -1 points in their favor. For the season, UNLV has been favored to win in 15 games, sitting with a mark of 10-5.
UNLV’s leading scorer this season is EJ Harkless, who is averaging 16.95 points per contest. So far, Harkless has accounted for 22.19% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.85 rebounds per game and 3.4 assists. Keshon Gilbert is the second leading scorer for the Runnin’ Rebels, averaging 12.35 points per game. Between him and Gilbert, they are accounting for 38.4% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for UNLV this season, as they are currently ranked 242nd in college basketball at 69.9 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Runnin’ Rebels’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.9%, placing them 264th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Nevada Wolf Pack +1
A key to this matchup, will be 3-point shooting. Coming into the game, both UNLV and Nevada are excellent 3-point shooting teams, averaing 9.0 and 8.03 made 3’s per game, respectively. In terms of the odds, we like the Nevada Wolf Pack to cover as +1 point dogs. Look for their defense to do a good enough job closing out on the Runnin’ Rebels’ outside shooters to make things difficult for UNLV. At +1 we like the chances of Nevada covering the spread as underdogs.