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NCAA hoops odds preview - Montana State vs. New Mexico

Montana State BobcatsNew Mexico Lobos
Dec 20, 9:00 PM | The Pit

Montana State Bobcats vs New Mexico Lobos Odds

5-5TEAM RECORD8-2

The New Mexico Lobos will try to pay off for their supporters on Tuesday when they play host to the Bobcats at The Pit in NCAAB action.

This season, the Lobos are 8-2 overall and 7-2 ATS ATS, while the Bobcats are 5-5 and 3-3 ATS against the number. As for the totals, New Mexico boasts a 4-5 on the OU, and Montana State is 5-1.

View Montana State vs New Mexico Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Lobos are listed as 23-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Lobos, most recently No. 28 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Bobcats, who rate No. 254 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 81-74 victory for the Lobos.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and New Mexico has the nation's No. 152-rated offensive output, at 69.5 PPG. The visiting Bobcats defense ranks No. 236 allowing on average 69.9 PPG. The Lobos FG% has averaged 42.5% so far, less than the Bobcats marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.8% per game.

Defensively, Montana State features the nation's No. 144-rated defense on the road, allowing 69.4 points per game. New Mexico, meanwhile, comes in at No. 171 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Montana State, they were a 59-36 loser as they battled Pepperdine on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 4-point underdog. Montana State was crushed on Sunday, getting blown out by Pepperdine and falling by a 59-36 score at Firestone Fieldhouse.

New Mexico won its last outing, a 66-56 result against Oklahoma State on December 17. They covered in that game as a 3-point favorite. Kendall Williams scored 16 points leading the Lobos to a 66-56 victory over Oklahoma State at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday.

Montana State Bobcats Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Eastern Washington are 5-5
After playing Pepperdine are 0-1
After a loss are 4-6

New Mexico Lobos Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

A few Bobcats at Lobos trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Montana State's last 5 games on the road
Montana State is 4-16 SU in its last 20 games on the road
New Mexico is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
New Mexico is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New Mexico's last 6 games

Next up:
Montana State home to Eastern Washington, Wednesday, December 28
New Mexico home to UMKC, Thursday, December 22

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