On Friday night, the Utah State Aggies (15-10, 6-6) will take on the Nevada Wolf Pack (9-13, 3-8) in a Mountain West matchup in Logan, Utah. Nevada has lost its last six games in a row, while Utah State has won five of its last six. The Aggies will be looking for their sixth straight win over the Wolf Pack and a season sweep.
Nevada Wolfpack Betting Preview: Nevada Searching for Answers, Hope to Turn Things Around
The Nevada Wolfpack dropped their sixth straight game on Friday, falling 82-72 to Colorado State as a five-point home favorite. In the loss, Desmond Cambridge Jr. was outstanding. The 6’4 guard finished with 36 points on 13 of 15 shooting from the field. Unfortunately, his outstanding performance was insufficient, and Nevada’s terrible season continues.
Their problems stem from their 321st-ranked scoring defense, which has given up an appalling 75 points per game. Furthermore, teams are shooting nearly 36% from the three-point range, which is good for 313th in the country, and 44 percent from the field, which is good for 44th (245th). The Wolf Pack struggle on both sides of the ball, but especially on defense, as they rank 200th in the country with 31.9 rebounds per game.
With 72 points per game, the Wolf Pack offense is ranked 160th in the country, 184th with 44 field goal percentage, and 248th from beyond the arc. This season, Reno’s lone bright spot has been Grant Sherfield, whose 6.3 assists per game rank second in the MWC, while his 17.9 points per game rank eighth.
Utah State Aggies Betting Preview: Utah Eyes Conference Title
Utah State has gone on a five-game winning streak after a dreadful 1-6 start to league play and has put themselves up for a strong push for a tournament berth. Utah State is looking to rebound after a tough 78-76 loss on the road to conference leader Wyoming on Tuesday night. Despite this, they had previously won five straight Mountain West games against San Diego State, Nevada, Air Force, SJSU, and UNLV by double digits.
Justin Bean is the leader of this aggies squad contributing 10.0 rebounds per game (1st) and is sixth in scoring with 18.5 points per game. In a loss Tuesday night, the double-double machine added his 16th of the season with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Fellow senior big man, Brandon Horvath averages 13 points and 6.6 rebounds. Overall, the Aggies are a top-notch shooting squad, ranking 14th in the country with a 48.6 field goal percentage and 76 points per game.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Aggies contribute similarly, with their scoring defense ranked 132nd in the country, allowing 67.2 points per game while only allowing opponents to shoot 42% from the field (125th). They are most effective on the defensive boards, where they rank 58th in the country with 29 defensive rebounds per game.
Betting Odds and Lines
MyBookie has the Utah State Aggies listed as the -12.5 point home favorite, while the total number of points is at 148.5 in the latest odds. Utah State is 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games vs. teams with a losing record and has won their last five matchups against Nevada. Nevada is 6-15 ATS overall and 2-8 ATS in their last ten contests.
Free Betting Pick
Utah State is a very skilled team that can win the conference tournament this season when they are at their best. They have clearly demonstrated their ability to damage the conference and when they defeated Nevada by 29 points in their last matchup. The Aggies are currently playing better basketball than Nevada, and Utah State is 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games
Meanwhile, Nevada had some high hopes coming into the season but played atrocious basketball. Five of Nevada’s losses have been by double digits during its current six-game losing run, and they are 2-8 ATS in their last ten. To make matters worse, they will play on the road against one of the best offensive shooting teams in the conference. I can’t trust the Nevada defense that ranks in the 300’s in the nation.