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Fresno State Bulldogs vs Nevada Wolf Pack 02-23-2019 NCAA BB Pick, Prediction, & Odds

Fresno State Bulldogs (19-7) at Nevada Wolf Pack (24-2) 

NCAA Basketball: Saturday, February 23, 2019, 8 pm (Lawlor Events Center) 

Lines & Odds: Nevada -12; Over/Under: 144

FREE NCAA BB Pick Fresno State Bulldogs vs Nevada Wolf Pack

Both teams have been commendable this year. Both teams are veritably balanced on both sides of the ball. In their last matchup, on January 12th, the Wolf Pack scored the 10-point victory over the Bulldogs, 74-64. Despite the Bulldogs shooting  22-51 (43%) from the field and 10-25 (40%) from three-point range, they lost the game on the boards and turnovers. The Bulldogs were outrebounded by eight, 42-34. They also didn’t force enough turnovers out of the Wolf Pack as the Wolf Pack only turned over the ball seven times in comparison to the Bulldogs’ 13 turnovers. Jordan Caroline led the way for the Wolf Pack with 19 points, 16 rebounds, three assists, two assists, and one block. On the other end, Nate Grimes led the way for the Bulldogs with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks.

Fresno State Bulldogs (19-7)

It’s fair to say, the Bulldogs are better than what was assumed of them prior to this season.  One of the true contributors to their exceptional season is their three-point shooting as they shoot 37.9% (36th) from that range. They are altogether a flourishing scoring offense as they average 76 PPG (96th). Behind their well-oiled scoring machine is led by their top three scorers, Braxton Huggins (19 PPG, 4.5 RPG, & 3PT%: 39.3%), Deshon Taylor (16.8 PPG, 4.5 APG, 3PT%: 39%), and Nate Grimes (11.6 PPG, 9.3 RPG, & FG%: 56.8%). On the defensive side, the Bulldogs allowed 66.8 PPG (59th). The Bulldogs are a decent defensive rebounding team as they rank 119th in the nation with 687 for the season. They also get after the ball as they rank 108th in the nation with 181 total steals. However, the Bulldogs will need to clear up their weaknesses as they shoot 45.3% (135th) from the field and 51.7% (137th) from two-point range. They will to do a better job of offensive rebounding as they total 244 (222nd) for the season. If the Bulldogs want to beat the Wolf Pack at their own game, ball movement is crucial in doing so. The Bulldogs will need to also beat the Wolf Pack from three-point range as the Wolf Pack are not a good three-point shooters, ranking 190th in nation at 34.2%. They will need to step up their offensive rebounding as the Wolf Pack are also not a good offensive rebounding team. Lastly, the Bulldogs will really need to attack the boards as the Wolf Pack are a good rebounding team with 982 (86th) for the season.

Nevada Wolf Pack (24-2) #6

The Wolf Pack this season has shown they are ready to take the next step in advancing beyond the Sweet Sixteen. Losing to Loyola (Chicago) in last year’s Sweet Sixteen was an accomplishment within itself as that’s the furthest the program has advanced in years. The Wolf Pack have been very balanced on both sides of the ball as their scoring offense averages 81.5 PPG (26th) and their scoring defense allows 65.8 PPG (48th). Their scoring offense is led by Caleb Martin (19.1 PPG, 5RPG, & 2.7 APG), Jordan Caroline (18.4 PPG, (9.7 RPG, & 3PT%: 41.2%), Jazz Johnson (11.1 PPG, FT%: 90%, & 3PT%: 43.6%), and Cody Martin (10.9 PPG, 5.2 APG, & 4.3 RPG). In their most recent matchup against San Diego State, the Wolf Pack were outrebounded, 46-37 as well as not shooting well from the field at 19-56 (33.9%). In addition to their woes from that game, Caleb Martin was the ONLY double digit scorer for the Wolf Pack. On the other hand, the Aztecs were led by Devin Watson (15 points, eight assists, & five rebounds) & Jeremy Hemsley (15 points & six rebounds). The Wolf Pack will need keep the Bulldogs off the three-point line and force them to take more two-pointers. The Wolf Pack will also need to crash the offensive boards as well as limit scoring opportunities for the Bulldogs. Lastly, the Wolf Pack will need to force the Bulldogs into foul trouble as the Bulldogs total 483 fouls for the season, ranking 223rd in the nation. If the Wolf Pack can completely follow this blueprint, they have a great chance of defeating the Bulldogs.

Cover The Spread 365 Trends

Fresno State Bulldogs

Fresno State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games

Fresno State is 17-5 SU in its last 22 games

The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Fresno State’s last 16 games

Fresno State is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games on the road

Fresno State is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games on the road

Fresno State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Nevada

Fresno State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Nevada

The total has gone OVER in 17 of Fresno State’s last 19 games when playing Nevada

Fresno State is 4-12 SU in its last 16 games when playing on the road against Nevada

The total has gone OVER in 5 of Fresno State’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Nevada

Nevada Wolf Pack

Nevada is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games

Nevada is 23-2 SU in its last 25 games

Nevada is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Nevada is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Nevada’s last 17 games at home

Nevada is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Fresno State

Nevada is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Fresno State

The total has gone OVER in 17 of Nevada’s last 19 games when playing Fresno State

Nevada is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games when playing at home against Fresno State

The total has gone OVER in 5 of Nevada’s last 5 games when playing at home against Fresno State

FREE NCAA BB Prediction Fresno State Bulldogs vs Nevada Wolf Pack

This will be a skintight contest as both teams are well balanced on both sides of the ball. It will all come to which team will consistently stick to their strengths as well as take advantages of the other team’s weaknesses. Both teams are not good offensive rebounding teams. However, Fresno State has more weaknesses, and Nevada can really take advantage of them. Furthermore, Nevada are looking to bounce back subpar shooting game and will surely shoot better as well as clamping down more on defense. Nevada will capitalize on this matchup.

Pick:Nevada -12;Over 144

Raymel Washington
Raymel Washington
A recent graduate of a Master of Arts degree in Sports Leadership from Concordia University Chicago. I have also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on Sports Management from Concordia University Chicago. It's obvious that I love sports. However, the sports I mainly love are: basketball, football, and baseball. I have worked for a local basketball league as a statistician as well as web content editor (writer), inscribing about the content of the basketball league games.
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