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Wyoming Cowboys vs. Nevada Wolfpack
Where and when: Lawler Events Center, Reno, Nevada, Tuesday, 10 pm EST
The Wyoming Cowboys will travel to Lawler Events Center in Reno, Nevada, to face the Nevada Wolfpack on Tuesday night at 10 pm EST in Mountain West basketball action. Each of these squads enters this contest on a skid as the Cowboys seek to end a 4-game losing streak while the Wolfpack are losers of 2-straight. Furthermore, the Cowboys are currently winless in the conference at 0-6 on the season (5-13 overall). Fortunately for the struggling Wolfpack, they have picked up wins in 5 of their last 6 face-to-face meetings with the Cowboys in addition to winning in 3 of the last 4 games at Lawler Events Center. Wyoming, however, has dominated the spread on the road versus Nevada as they have covered in 3 of the last 4, overall, including a 9-point defeat in their last meeting as 11.5-point underdogs.
Covers.com currently favors the Wolfpack by a whopping 15 points while the total has been set at 132.5 points.
Cowboys seek rare road conference winThe offense for the Cowboys rank in the 300’s in all major offensive categories in 2019 as they are shooting just 40% from the floor in addition to posting a mere 60 points per. Their average increased only a tad as they scored 69 points in an overtime home loss to the Runnin’ Rebels of UNLV during their last time out. Nonetheless, the team continues to have consistency issues in this area with leading scorer in junior guard Hunter Maldonado (18 ppg, 6 rebs, 4 ass) shooting only 43% from the floor while connecting on 32% of his 3-point attempts on the season. Maldonado, however, continues to be their best option and will look to get the Cowboys started as they battle a Nevada defense that has not allowed 40% shooting to opponents this season, on average.
Defensively, Wyoming happens to be much more consistent in allowing 67 points per game on just under 43% shooting (32% 3 FG). Sophomore guard Jake Hendricks (10 ppg) has shined on this end of the floor all year as he is recording on average 1.2 steals per game, including posting 18 points along with 5 steals in the Cowboys home loss to the Runnin’ Rebels. The squad’s next task will be to shake up an already struggling offense for the Wolfpack that has averaged only 67 points per game during what has been an awful stretch of games to where they dropped 3 of 5, overall.
Nevada seeks to avoid losing 3-straight gamesLouisiana Tech transfer guard Jalen Harris (18 ppg, 6 rebs, 4 ass) has been the star on the offensive end for Nevada this season. In fact, Harris is coming off a 31 point night as the Wolfpack would eventually fall on the road to the Aggies of Utah State in their last time out. Harris, despite shooting only 42% from the floor along with 35% from long-range, he illustrated at Louisiana Tech that he can indeed by much more accurate as he shot 47% from the field along with 44% from long-range in his freshman year to average 15 points per for the Bulldogs. Finally, he has also been very active on the defensive end as well in average a steal per game.
Nevada has won its last 14 Mountain West home games and is 27-2 in its last 29 conference games Lawlor. The Pack looks to make it 15 in a row on Tuesday night against Wyoming at 7 p.m.#BattleBornhttps://t.co/4dXcpWu12c— Nevada Basketball (@NevadaHoops) January 13, 2020
Junior guard Lindsey Drew (12 ppg, 6 rebs, 5 ass) has also proven to be very valuable on both ends of the floor as he is also collecting an average of over a steal per game for Nevada in 2019; However, the guard is coming off only a 4-point performance versus the Aggies as he went 0-3 from long-range while finishing just 1-8 from the floor. Drew will certainly be looking to come out of his slump versus the Cowboys, yet it is important to note that the Cowboys have held the Wolfpack to 71 points or less in 3 of their last 4 meetings in Reno. Combine this with the fact that the Cowboys have covered in 3-straight games at Lawler Events Center, and this contest looks as if it can be much more competitive than imagined.
- Wolf Pack are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.
- No trends to report
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
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Important to note that the Wolfpack were able to torch the Cowboys in their last head-to-head matchups while also covering the spread as 22-point favorites in 2019. And while 15 points may seem a bit much for a team in Nevada that is riding a 2-game losing streak, the Cowboys have been miserable on the road this season, including dropping their last 2 games. Look for the Wolfpack to get back on track in this contest and cover the tall spread against a Cowboys team that has not put up much of a fight in their last 4 contests.
Prediction: Nevada Wolfpack -15
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I happen to believe that both teams will look to establish themselves on the defensive end early and often in this matchup. With the Wolfpack having a lackluster performance defensively versus Utah State, they will certainly come out focused to defend their current streak at home. On the other hand, the Cowboys' defense is the tip of the spear and the true strength for the team, as the visitors will also seek to curb the scoring for a Wolfpack squad that has shown the ability to put points on the board, yet are struggling in averaging just 69 points during a 2-game skid.
Prediction: Under 132.5