New Mexico Lobos vs Valparaiso Crusaders Point Spread: Betting Preview Hints At Winner

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Dec 8, 9:00 PM | The Pit

Valparaiso Crusaders vs New Mexico Lobos Odds

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The Valparaiso Crusaders will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Lobos in New Mexico at The Pit on Saturday in college basketball action.

This season, the Lobos are 9-0 overall and 3-5 ATS ATS, while the Crusaders are 6-2 and 3-3 ATS against the number. As for the totals, New Mexico boasts a 4-2 on the OU, and Valparaiso is 0-4.

View Valparaiso vs New Mexico Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Lobos were listed as 9.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Lobos - Crusaders odds would favor the Lobos if the lines were set according to our power ranks. New Mexico is rated No. 25 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Valparaiso is at No. 218. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 77-75 win for the Crusaders.

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How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature New Mexico's No. 92-rated squad against Valparaiso's No. 243-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, New Mexico rates No. 151 in the country with 6.4 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 98 nationally with 7 per match.

Defensively, Valparaiso features the nation's No. 92-rated defense on the road, allowing 65 points per game. New Mexico, meanwhile, comes in at No. 168 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Valparaiso, they were a 63-52 winner as they battled IUPU Fort Wayne at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 15-point favorite. Ryan Broekhoff scored 21 points leading the Crusaders to a 63-52 victory over IUPU Fort Wayne at Athletics-Recreation Center on Wednesday.

In their last action, New Mexico was a 75-67 winner at home against USC. They covered the 7.5-point spread as favorites. New Mexico got 17 points from Hugh Greenwood en route to a 75-67 victory over USC on Wednesday at The Pit.

Valparaiso Crusaders Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Missouri State are 0-1
After playing IUPU Fort Wayne are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

New Mexico Lobos Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing New Mexico State are 8-2
After playing USC are 2-0
After a win are 9-1

A few Crusaders at Lobos trends to consider:
Valparaiso is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Valparaiso is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
New Mexico is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
New Mexico is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Valparaiso at Missouri State, Saturday, December 15
New Mexico home to New Mexico State, Saturday, December 15

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