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New Mexico vs San Diego State Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 14th Betting Odds
Lobos vs Aztecs Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: New Mexico Lobos at San Diego State Aztecs
- Where: San Diego at Viejas Arena
- Date: Saturday, January 14th
- Betting Odds: New Mexico +8, NMX +283 | SDST -371 O/U 148.5
New Mexico heads into this matchup having played 17 games and have an overall record sitting at 15-2. On the road, the Lobos will be playing their 5th game of the season, having gone 4-1. So far, the Lobos have been the underdog 2 times, going 2-0 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +8 underdogs on the spread.
New Mexico’s leading scorer this season is Jamal Mashburn JR, who is averaging 17.94 points per contest. So far, JR has accounted for 21.72% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.18 rebounds per game and 1.88 assists. Jaelen House is the second leading scorer for the Lobos, averaging 16.59 points per game. Between him and House, they are accounting for 41.8% 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 17 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.
The San Diego State Aztecs will be looking to pick up their 17th win of the season and are in the middle of a 6 game win streak. So far this season, San Diego State has played 11 games at home, sitting with a record of 10-1. The Aztecs’ are sitting with a betting line that is -8 points in their favor. For the season, San Diego State has been favored to win in 14 games, sitting with a mark of 12-2.
San Diego State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Matt Bradley who is averaging 13.5 points per game for the Aztecs. Bradley 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 Aztecs’ offensive game plan is the play of Darrion Trammell who has hit 38.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.13 points per game.
Coming into today’s game, San Diego State will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Aztecs are ranked 374th at 65.3 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 642nd ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, San Diego State is close to the NCAA average at 35.8%.
Free Spread Prediction: New Mexico Lobos +8
The San Diego State Aztecs will tip off their matchup over New Mexico Lobos as the strong favorites to pick up the win with a point spread sitting at -8. Our analysis like’s San Diego State’s chances to pull home with an easy win and cover the spread. When looking at how each team likes to play, both San Diego State and New Mexico are near the NCAA average in possessions per game. We like how this scenario favors San Diego State, as throughout the game their superior talent should come through in an easy win. Although the Aztecs don’t have a great track record vs the spread as the betting favorite, going 1-4 (last 5), we like their chances to come home with the ATS win.