The Nevada Wolf Pack (17-10, 10-5 MWC) will attempt to extend a seven-game home winning streak when they go head-to-head with the Fresno State Bulldogs (10-17, 6-10 MWC) at Lawlor Events Center. Tip-off is set for 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 22, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPNU.
Fresno State Bulldogs vs. Nevada Wolf Pack ATS Preview
In the Bulldogs’ last matchup, they beat the Air Force Falcons, 71-62. Noah Blackwell was the game’s leading scorer with 25 points on 8-for-13 shooting. Fresno State played a nearly perfect game. They had a free throw rate of 0.150 (matching their season average) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 40.0 (above their season average of 30.7). Air Force was 0.047 and 29.3, respectively, for those same stats.
The Wolf Pack will look to keep it rolling after defeating the New Mexico Lobos in their last game, 88-74. With 26 points on 9-for-17 shooting, Jalen Harris was the top scorer from either team. Nevada played a flawless game. They had a ridiculous effective field goal percentage of 0.605 (above their season average of 0.527) and a free throw rate of 0.210 (matching their season average). For those same stats, New Mexico was 0.470 and 0.164, respectively.
Nevada could put on a ball-control clinic in this showdown. Nevada ranks 33rd in the country at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 16.6 percent), while Fresno State forces the 12th-fewest turnovers (16.0 percent).
This is the first time these teams will meet this year. The Wolf Pack won both games played against each other last season. In the most recent contest, Nevada won 74-68. Nevada did a great job of getting and making free throws (22-31; 71.0 percent). Fresno State, meanwhile, had a better offensive rebounding percentage (32.4 vs. 30.0).
Fresno State Bulldogs vs. Nevada Wolf Pack Prediction
Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Nevada, ATS Winner – Fresno State, O/U – Over
The Wolf Pack are seventh in the country with 4.6 steals allowed per game while the Bulldogs are 57th with 5.6 steals allowed per game.
Fresno State is 25th in the country with 2.5 blocks allowed per game while Nevada is 29th with 2.6 blocks allowed per game.
Fresno State averages 27.5 three pointers per game, which ranks 20th in the nation. Nevada ranks 276th in three pointers allowed per game (26.2).
The Wolf Pack rank 37th in assists per game (15.1) while the Bulldogs rank 194th (12.3).
Fresno State ranks 80th in rebounds per game (37.5) while Nevada ranks 205th in rebounds allowed per game (36.2).
The Wolf Pack’s average margin of victory in their last five games has been 12.0, up from 5.6 for the season.
During their last five games, the Bulldogs have scored an average of 70.2 points per game (1.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 71.8 points per game (3.0 above their season average).