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Nevada Wolfpack vs. Fresno State Bulldogs
Where and when: Save Mart Center, Fresno, California, Saturday, 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
The 11th ranked Nevada Wolfpack will travel to the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California, in which to battle the Fresno State Bulldogs on Saturday night at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time in a Mountain West showdown. Fresno State won their third straight game versus the Utah State Aggies on the road as they spotted the Aggies eight points at the half while outscoring the home team 49-38 in the second to complete a furious rally while sealing the win in the meantime behind 33 points from Braxton Higgins, who went 8-13 from three-point range while the team shot 48% from three-point range throughout the contest.
On the other hand, the Nevada Wolfpack atoned for their lost to New Mexico in their prior outing as they were able to beat up on the San Jose Spartans at home in their last outing thanks to a 60 point second half along with 23 points from Caleb Martin in addition to yet another 19 points from Jordan Caroline in the victory.
Higgins lead Bulldogs to victory over Aggies
The Fresno State Bulldogs have certainly rebounded nicely from a loss to Utah Valley recently in which to win 3 straight contests with their last win being over the Utah State Aggies on the road as the Bulldogs were able to rally in the second half in which to take the lead while also sealing the victory behind 46% shooting from the floor as well as 33 points from leading scorer Braxton Higgins, who ended the game going 8-13 from three-point range.
PREVIEW: Fresno State (12-3, 3-0 MW) hosts No. 10/11 Nevada (15-1, 2-1 MW) on Saturday at 5pm PT @SaveMartCenter.
— Fresno State Men’s Basketball (@FresnoStateMBB) January 11, 2019
And while the Aggies were able to grace the free throw line 30 times compared to just six for the visitors in this contest while also outrebounding Fresno State by a slim margin, the Bulldogs were able to convert on a whopping 15 3-pointers on the night compared to just four for the home team en route to the victory. Nonetheless, Sam Merrill along with Neemias Queta paced the Aggies with 16 points apiece with Merrill finishing the game going 3-10 from the floor in a tough outing, all around, for the Aggies.
The defense for Fresno State, which allows opponents to shoot just 41% from the floor on a nightly basis, regressed much in this contest by allowing 51% shooting to their opponent, yet, will certainly look to get back to basics in this matchup versus the offensively dangerous Nevada Wolfpack as they are currently averaging a tad over 81 points per game. In fact, in the last three wins, overall, Nevada has averaged 85 points per contest while allowing their opponents to put up an average of 61 points during this time.
Wolfpack mauls Spartans in blowout victory
Nevada will certainly be looking to extend their winning streak after atoning for a loss to the Lobos of New Mexico in their prior outing, as stated. They certainly did a good job of this versus the San Jose State Spartans in the last matchup as they dominated from the floor in shooting 52% while making good on 13 3-pointers on the night. On the other hand, the defense held San Jose State to just 40% shooting while connecting on just 7 of 24 3-point attempts as Brae Ivory was the only double-digit scorer for San Jose State with just 10 points on the night as he went 4-7 from the field.
On the other hand, leading scorer on the season for the Nevada Wolfpack in Caleb Martin, led the team with 23 points while going 6-11 from three-point range en route to the victory. Jordan Caroline also went 2-4 from three-point range in the contest while ending with 19 points total for the Wolfpack.
— Nevada Basketball (@NevadaHoops) January 12, 2019
And while the offense certainly came out of a funk in this contest by posting 92 points, the Nevada Wolfpack have been able to hang their hats on their defensive efforts on a night by night basis as they are allowing opponents to shoot just 39% from the floor per outing while averaging just 66 points per game.
With that being said, look for the Wolfpack to a assert itself on the defensive end of the floor early and often in this contest as they will be matched up against an offense for the Fresno State Bulldogs that has not been overly impressive, however, has been able to hit critical shots throughout ball games in which to keep their team competitive. Also, much like the Wolfpack, Fresno State possesses a defense that allows opponents to shoot just 41% from the floor on a nightly basis.
- Under is 9-3 in Bulldogs last 12 vs. Mountain West
- Bulldogs are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- Under is 8-2-1 in Wolf pack last 11 Sat. games
- Under is 8-2 in Wolf Pack last 10 overall
- Wolf Pack are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 road games
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I will back Nevada in this contest is I simply believe that they have much incentive in which to come out and perform well in this contest versus a surging Fresno State Bulldog squad. Nevada currently occupies the fourth place slot with in the Mountain West Division while Fresno State remains atop the conference at this time. With that being said, highly-ranked Nevada will certainly look to put in a solid performance in this contest in which to pick up a victory while increasing their conference positioning in the meantime.
Prediction: Pick: Nevada Wolfpack -175
Full-Game Total Pick
The under has been the play in four the last five games for the Fresno State Bulldogs while also being the result in for the last six games, overall, for the Nevada Wolfpack. With that being said, look for these trends to continue as both defenses will be looking to assert themselves early and often throughout this contest in which to keep the score low and manageable throughout.
Prediction: Pick: Under 146.5
Full-Game Prop Bet
I will back the Bulldogs and the points in this instance as I happen to believe that they will perform well enough in the first half in which to keep pace with a Nevada team that will certainly be looking to pull out a convincing victory. With that being said, look for Fresno State to cover the four points at the half as their defense will certainly rise to the occasion as that half approaches in which to allow their team to go into the half with a healthy amount of momentum.
Prediction: Pick: Fresno State Bulldogs +4
Half-Time Side Pick
Prediction: No line posted
Half-Time Total Bet
I will back the under in this instance as both defenses that will be taking the floor in this contest have been stellar lately, despite a few mishaps, here and there. With that being said, look for the under to certainly be the play at the half as offenses will struggle in which to gain a bit of momentum due to the continuing outstanding play of the defenses.
Prediction: Pick: Under 75.5
Half-Time Prop Prediction
Prediction: No line posted