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New Mexico vs Nevada Pick & Preview: Monday, January 23rd Betting Odds

Lobos vs Wolf Pack Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: New Mexico Lobos at Nevada Wolf Pack
  • Where: Reno at Lawlor Events Center
  • Date: Monday, January 23rd
  • Betting Odds: New Mexico +2.5, NMX +121 | NEVADA -149 O/U 147.5

Lobos Preview:

The New Mexico Lobos will be looking to pick up their 21st win of the season and are in the middle of a 4 game win streak. On the road, the Lobos will be playing their 6th game of the season, having gone 5-1. So far, the Lobos have been the underdog 3 times, going 3-0 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +2.5 underdogs on the spread.

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New Mexico’s leading scorer this season is Jamal Mashburn JR, who is averaging 18.6 points per contest. So far, JR has accounted for 22.71% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.45 rebounds per game and 1.75 assists. Jaelen House is the second leading scorer for the Lobos, averaging 17.35 points per game. Between him and House, they are accounting for 43.9% of the team’s scoring.

On offense, New Mexico is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.2 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 20 games, they have only hit 34.4% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 37.7% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Wolf Pack Preview:

Nevada will take the floor against the Lobos with an overall record of 15-5. So far this season, Nevada has played 10 games at home, sitting with a record of 10-0. The Wolf Pack’s are sitting with a betting line that is -2.5 points in their favor. For the season, Nevada has been favored to win in 13 games, sitting with a mark of 12-1.

Nevada will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Jarod Lucas who is averaging 16.8 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 45.5% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.6 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.

Free Spread Prediction: Nevada Wolf Pack -2.5

Heading into this matchup, with the Nevada Wolf Pack sitting as -2.5 point favorites, we like them to pick up the win and cover the spread. Both team’s will be coming into the game looking to get up shots from outside, as Nevada and New Mexico are averaging 8.03 and 7.78 made 3’s per game, respectively. One trend that we feel strongly about is the fact that Nevada has historically performed well against the spread at home, going 6-4 ATS (last 10). Before tonight’s matchup, we recommend getting a wager down on the Wolf Pack to cover at -2.5.

 


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