Air Force Falcons vs Nevada Wolf Pack Prediction, 12/18/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Air Force Falcons vs Nevada Wolf Pack
Date: Friday, December 18, 2020
Location: Lawlor Events Center in Reno, NV
Odds/Point Spread: Air Force (+11.5)
Lawlor Events Center is the site where and the Nevada Wolf Pack (5-2) will take on the Air Force Falcons (2-2) on Friday. Nevada opens this contest as 11.5-point favorites. The total is set at 132.
Air Force heads into this one with a record of 2-2 for the year. The Falcons are shooting 35.7% on shots from 3-point land (30 of 84) and 74.1% from the free throw line. They average 55.8 pts per game (321st in the country) while connecting on 42.1% from the floor. They are losing possession via turnover 14.5 times per game and as a squad are committing 15.0 fouls every game. As a team, Air Force is collecting 27.0 rebounds per game and has earned 44 dimes on the season, which ranks 265th in the country in terms of passing. On defense, the Falcons are forcing 11.5 turnovers per game and they draw 15.8 fouls. They are giving up 33.0% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 51st in D-1 in opponents PPG (62.3). The Falcons defensively are allowing a shooting percentage of 41.9% (91 of 217) and they relinquish 33.3 boards per contest as a team. They are ranked 64th in the nation in giving up assists with 42 relinquished this season.
The Air Force Falcons took the court against the Drake Bulldogs and went home with a loss by a final score of 81-53 in their last game. Air Force finished having earned a 34.7% FG percentage (17 out of 49) and made 4 of their 18 3-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Falcons made 15 of 20 attempts for a rate of 75.0%. When discussing getting rebounds, they earned 18 with 3 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 5 dimes for the matchup in addition to earning 10 steals and 2 blocks. When discussing defense, Air Force let their opponent shoot 34.7% from the floor on 17 out of 49. Drake dished out 16 dimes and 7 steals in this matchup. Furthurmore, the Bulldogs totaled 37 rebounds (10 offensive, 27 defensive) and got 2 blocked shots. Drake ended up going 64.3% when shooting free throws by converting 9 of 14 shots. They made 10 of their 24 attempts from long range.
A.J. Walker is one player who was important in the game. He was able to score 14 points on 4 out of 15 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 34 mins and totaled 3 rebounds. Walker finished the contest at 26.7% from the floor and earned 3 dimes. An additional guy that was a determining factor in this contest for the Falcons was Chris Joyce. He snagged 2 rebounds and had 2 assists. He finished the contest at 44.4% from the field for this contest by shooting 4-of-9 (13 points). At the conclusion of this game, Joyce was on the hardwood for 36 minutes.
Nevada has a record of 5-2 on the season. Nevada has scored 503 pts on the season (71.9 per contest) and they grab 39.0 rebounds per game. The Wolf Pack are committing 17.0 fouls per contest while shooting 72.1% from the charity stripe. As an offensive unit, the Wolf Pack are hitting on 43.9% from the floor, which is 213th in the country. They are assisting teammates 14.0 times per game (143rd in Division 1) and they turn it over 13.3 times per contest. The Wolf Pack defensively are ranked 151st in college basketball in points given up per game with 68.6. They have surrendered 13.0 dimes and 36.6 boards on a nightly basis, ranking them 174th and 210th in those categories. The Nevada defense gives up 31.4% on 3-pointers (66 of 210) and opponents are knocking down 68.8% of their free throw attempts. They are forcing 11.4 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 38.1% from the field (45th in college hoops).
The last time they took the court, the Nevada Wolf Pack walked away with a victory by a final of 79-72 against the San Diego Toreros. The Wolf Pack were able to collect 28 defensive boards and 1 offensive boards totaling 29 for this contest. They turned away 3 attempts while recording 6 steals in this game. The Toreros were called for 16 personal fouls for the contest which got the Wolf Pack to the charity stripe for 17 shots. They were able to knock down 15 of them for a clip of 88.2%. In relation to shots from beyond the arc, Nevada converted 10 of 21 attempts (47.6%). In all, the Wolf Pack ended up shooting 27 out of 59 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 45.8%. The Wolf Pack allowed the Toreros to convert 24 out of 63 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 38.1% in the game. They shot 34.4% from 3-point land by shooting 11 of 32 and finished the contest at 13 of 19 from the charity stripe (68.4%). When it comes to how they rebounded, Nevada permitted San Diego to pull down 32 overall (6 on the offensive glass).
Grant Sherfield ended up being a factor for the Wolf Pack for the contest. He buried 9 out of 18 in this game for a rate of 50.0%, which had him finishing with 25 points. Sherfield collected 6 boards in his 36 mins played and had 7 dimes in the matchup. An additional guy that ended being a contributor for Nevada was Desmond Cambridge. He racked up 27 points in 33 minutes on the court by way of 9 out of 19 from the floor for the contest. Cambridge walked away from this one going 47.4% from the field in addition to contributing 2 dimes and 4 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Nevada (-11.5)
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