MWC foes will clash when the Nevada Wolf Pack (12-8, 5-3 MWC) take on the New Mexico Lobos (16-5, 5-3 MWC) at the Lawlor Events Center. Action starts at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 25, 2020, and it can be seen on CBS Sports Network.
New Mexico Lobos at Nevada Wolf Pack ATS Preview
In the Lobos’ last contest, they easily got past the San Jose State Spartans, 86-59. With 15 points and 13 rebounds, New Mexico’s Makuach Maluach put together a solid game. New Mexico played a nearly perfect game. They had a phenomenal effective field goal percentage of 0.613 (above their season average of 0.548) and a free throw rate of 0.396 (above their season average of 0.309). For those same stats, San Jose State had marks of 0.310 and 0.317, respectively.
The Wolf Pack hope to maintain momentum after beating the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels in their last matchup, 86-72. With 28 points on 8-for-17 shooting, Jalen Harris was the game’s leading scorer. Nevada dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a fantastically low turnover percentage of 7.8 (better than their season average of 15.4) and a free throw rate of 0.431 (above their season average of 0.212). UNLV recorded marks of 13.8 and 0.297, respectively, for those same stats.
New Mexico might struggle to create turnovers. Nevada ranks 40th in the nation at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 16.9 percent), while New Mexico forces the 151st-most turnovers (20.1 percent). Additionally, the Lobos’ 17th-ranked offense (effective field goal percentage of 0.551) will battle against the Wolf Pack’s 45th-ranked defense (effective field goal percentage allowed of 0.454).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. Each won one of the two games played against each other last season. The Wolf Pack won the most recent matchup 91-62. The Wolf Pack dominated every stat category in the game. They had a great free throw rate of 0.250 and a solid offensive rebounding percentage of 29.7. The Lobos recorded marks of 0.152 and 19.1, respectively, for those same stats.
New Mexico Lobos at Nevada Wolf Pack Odds Prediction
Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Nevada, ATS Winner – Nevada, O/U – Under
The Lobos average 36.5 rebounds per game, which ranks 124th in the country. The Wolf Pack rank 206th in rebounds allowed per game (37.1).
New Mexico is 18th in the country with 2.4 blocks allowed per game while Nevada is 25th with 2.5 blocks allowed per game.
Nevada ranks 58th in three pointers attempted per game (25.4) while New Mexico ranks 273rd in three pointers allowed per game (26.8).
The Wolf Pack average 14.6 assists per game, which ranks 65th in the nation. The Lobos rank 242nd in assists allowed per game (16.3).
Nevada ranks fourth in steals allowed per game (4.3) while New Mexico ranks 173rd (7.5).
The Wolf Pack have been outscored by an average of 2.0 points in their last five games. For the season, Nevada has defeated opponents by an average of 3.5 points.
During their last five games, the Lobos have scored an average of 79.6 points per game (0.7 below their season average) and allowed an average of 81.0 points per game (6.5 above their season average).