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NCAA hoops odds preview - San Diego State vs. UNLV

San Diego State AztecsUNLV Rebels
Feb 16, 9:00 PM | Thomas & Mack Center

San Diego State Aztecs vs UNLV Rebels Odds


College hoops betting interest focuses on the UNLV vs San Diego State battle Saturday at Thomas & Mack Center as the Rebels look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

UNLV will face the 18-6 Aztecs, who own a 10-8-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Rebels are 7-14 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Aztecs are 9-7-2 favoring the OVER.

View San Diego State vs UNLV Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Rebels installed as 4-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Rebels, most recently No. 9 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Aztecs, who rate No. 13 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 77-76 victory for the Aztecs.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features UNLV's No. 51-ranked scoring average of 73.4 PPG, against a Aztecs defense rated No. 34 and allowing 59.4 PPG. The Rebels FG% has averaged 44.4% to date this season, more than the Aztecs shooters have managed so far (44.1% per game).

Defensively, San Diego State features the nation's No. 27-rated defense on the road, allowing 61.2 points per game. UNLV, meanwhile, comes in at No. 44 nationally in scoring at home.

San Diego State was a 66-60 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Colorado State. They earned a push of the 6-point spread as underdogs. The Aztecs endured a 66-60 loss at the hands of the Rams on Wednesday, despite a 16-point effort from Chase Tapley at Moby Arena.

Last time out for UNLV, they were a 71-56 loser as they battled Air Force on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 3.5-point favorite. UNLV got 15 points from Katin Reinhardt but lost anyway, 71-56, to Air Force on Wednesday at Clune Arena.

San Diego State Aztecs Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Wyoming are 3-7
After playing Colorado State are 8-2
After a loss are 6-4

UNLV Rebels Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Colorado State are 6-4
After playing Air Force are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3

A few Aztecs at Rebels trends to consider:
San Diego State is 17-7-1 ATS in its last 25 games on the road
San Diego State is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games on the road
San Diego State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against UNLV
San Diego State is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
UNLV is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of UNLV's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of UNLV's last 8 games when playing San Diego State
UNLV is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games

Next up:
San Diego State home to Wyoming, Tuesday, February 19
UNLV home to Colorado State, Wednesday, February 20