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New Mexico State vs California Baptist Pick & Preview: Saturday, February 11th Betting Odds
Aggies vs Lancers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: New Mexico State Aggies at California Baptist Lancers
- Where: Riverside at CBU Events Center
- Date: Saturday, February 11th
- Betting Odds: New Mexico State +5.5, NMXST +195 | CABAP -230 O/U 138.5
Through 24 games, the New Mexico State Aggies have an overall record of 9-15. So far, the Aggies have played 11 games on the road, with a record of 2-9. For the season, New Mexico State has been the underdog in 14 games, sitting with a mark of 3-11. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Aggies being +5.5 point underdogs.
New Mexico State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Xavier Pinson who is averaging 13.33 points per game for the Aggies. Pinson 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 Aggies’ offensive game plan is the play of Deshawndre Washington who has hit 40.6% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.88 points per game.
On offense, New Mexico State is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.3 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 24 games, they have only hit 32.7% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 42.43% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
The California Baptist Lancers head into today’s game in what will be their 26th game of the season, posting a record of 13-12. Currently, the Lancers have been the home team 14 times, sitting with a record of 9-5. The Lancers’ are sitting with a betting line that is -5.5 points in their favor. For the season, California Baptist has been favored to win in 16 games, sitting with a mark of 8-8.
California Baptist’s leading scorer this season is Taran Armstrong, who is averaging 11.92 points per contest. So far, Armstrong has accounted for 16.91% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.44 rebounds per game and 4.72 assists. Riley Battin is the second leading scorer for the Lancers, averaging 9.52 points per game. Between him and Battin, they are accounting for 30.4% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for California Baptist this season, as they are currently ranked 196th in college basketball at 71.0 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 Lancers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.2%, placing them 312th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: New Mexico State Aggies +5.5
Heading into this matchup between the California Baptist Lancers and New Mexico State Aggies we have a strong lean on taking the points with New Mexico State at +5.5. Both team’s are going to come into this game looking to get up looks from outside, as they are both average team’s in terms of 3-pointers made per game. Look for New Mexico State to benefit from facing another squad looking to turn this into a 3-point shooting contest. When looking at the line, we see tremendous value in taking the New Mexico State Aggies at +5.5. Go ahead and lock this bet in before tip-off.