UNLV at Utah State 2/2/19 - NCAA Basketball Picks & Predictions

Utah State will put its five-game winning streak on the line when it hosts UNLV Saturday. The Aggies are 16-5 and at 6-2 in the Mountain West, they are just one game out of first. UNLV is 11-9 and 5-3 in the Mountain West. The Rebels have lost the last two games after having a 5-1 run. The Rebels lost to league-leader Nevada by 17. Utah State lost to Nevada by 23.

Utah State has two players in double figures. Sam Merrill is averaging 19.4 points. Neerhias Queta is averaging 10.9 points and 8.5 rebounds. Merrill and Brock Miller each have 46 three-pointers and the team has 159. The Aggies are shooting 34 percent from behind the arc and 48 percent inside.
UNLV is led by Kris Clyburn who is averaging 13.6 points. Amauri Hardy and Joel Ntambwe are both averaging 12. Shakur Juiston is missed after starting the season averaging 11 points and nine rebounds. Ntambwe leads the team in rebounding at 6.3 per game. Three-pointers are spread out among four Rebels. Clyburn has made 31, and three more players have between 29 and 33. The team has 162 and is shooting 34 percent. UNLV is shooting 42 percent inside the arc.

Utah State is averaging 79.7 points and giving up 65.9. UNLV is scoring 75.6 per game and giving up 73. Utah State is averaging 17 assists and 12 turnovers. UNLV is averaging 13 assists and 13 turnovers. Utah State swept two games from UNLV last season.

The Rebels are going to put up quite a fight in this game and one thing that could be problem for the Rebels is the fact that Utah State is able to pass the ball better, but also does not have as many turnovers. The other issue is the UNLV squad defense is not as good as the Aggies, but it will play well enough to keep Utah State from covering. Final Score Prediction, Utah State Aggies win, but fail to cover ATS 78-68.

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