Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Lobos vs Runnin’ Rebels CBB Odds
Looking for New Mexico Lobos vs. UNLV Runnin’ Rebels NCAA basketball free picks & CBB odds? CBB betting sees the Lobos taking on the Runnin’ Rebels on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at the Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all college basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily NCAA hoops predictions like this Lobos Runnin’ Rebels matchup.
(9-9) New Mexico Lobos vs. UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (10-7)
Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Time: 10:00 PM ET
Venue: Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: UNLV Runnin’ Rebels -4.5
CBB Betting Total: 155.5
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This Mountain West Conference game features the New Mexico Lobos and the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels. Both teams are still in contention for the top seed in the MWC, but need to start winning now, especially the Lobos.
These teams just met about two weeks ago, a game that resulted in a 80-69 win for the Runnin’ Rebels.
New Mexico Lobos
The Lobos just blew out Wyoming to move back to .500 and now are looking for a second consecutive win. Having just recently lost to the Runnin’ Rebels on their home floor will fuel them in the second meeting that will be on the road.
The Lobos actually score a decent amount of points per game, coming in at 78.3. In Mountain West games, this average has lowered to 75.8. In the first meeting against UNLV, the Lobos only scored 69 so they are going to need to be much more efficient and score at least 75 if they are going to find a win on the road.
Defense has been a huge struggle for the Lobos this season. They allow 76.0 points per game and their opponents are shooting 45.6%. In the first meeting with UNLV, they allowed 80 points, so the only way they pull this upset is if they can limit the Runnin’ Rebels to below 76 points.
UNLV Runnin’ Rebels
The Runnin’ Rebels rebounded by crushing San Jose State 94-56. This came after the beating they took to Air Force 88-106. They are now 4-1 in the Mountain West and are half a game behind Nevada for first place.
A big strength for the Runnin’ Rebels is their rebounding ability. They are averaging 40.9 boards per game, which puts them at 18th in the country. Since they have had struggles with shooting the ball, rebounding will be a big key in producing second chance opportunities on the offensive end as well as creating fast break scoring opportunities after defensive rebounds.
Again the biggest strength for the Runnin’ Rebels has to do with rebounding. They are only allowing 28.8 rebounds per game, which ties into why they have been so successful. Limiting their opponents second chance baskets will be huge to move to 5-1 in conference.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Over is 12-3 in UNM last 15 road games.
- Over is 6-2 in UNM last 8 Tue. games.
Free New Mexico Lobos vs. UNLV Runnin’ Rebels NCAAB Prediction:
UNLV won the first meeting pretty easily and on the road, so having home court advantage will give them a slight edge and they will sweep the season series.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: UNLV Runnin’ Rebels -4.5
UNLV once again takes care of business and wins this game without much issue.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: New Mexico 72 – UNLV 79
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