Air Force vs UNLV Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/8/23

UNLV Runnin' Rebels (18-12) vs Air Force Falcons (14-17)

Game Info: Wednesday, March 8, 2023 at 4:30 pm (Thomas & Mack Center)

Betting Odds: UNLV Runnin' Rebels -8 -- Over/Under: 135.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Air Force Falcons and UNLV Runnin Rebels face off on Wednesday in a college basketball showdown in the Mountain West Tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center. When these two teams faced off on February 25th it was UNLV that was able to secure the 54-53 victory. 

Air Force Betting Preview

Air Force comes into this game with a 14-17 record overall and they have lost three games in a row. In the last game against San Jose State, Air Force was competitive, but they only scored 22 points in the second half, and that led to the 63-61 defeat. Carter Murphy had a strong game for Air Force finishing with 17 points, three rebounds, and three assists. The Falcons are averaging 66.8 points while their defense is giving up 66.7 points per game. Jake Heidbreder has been the top player for Air Force averaging 14.8 points while shooting 49.2 percent from the field and 39.3 percent from behind the three point line. 

UNLV Betting Preview

On the other side of this matchup is UNLV who sits with an 18-12 record but they have been tested heading into this game. In the last game against Nevada, it took overtime, but they were able to secure the 69-67 victory. Elijah Harkless had a strong game finishing with 24 points, eight rebounds, and four assists. UNLV is averaging 74.1 points while their defense is giving up 69.5 points per game. Harkless is having a strong season averaging 18.6 points while shooting 41.4 percent from the field and 28 percent from behind the three point line. 

Air Force vs UNLV Trends

Air Force is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games following an against the spread loss. The over is 11-2 in UNLV’s last 13 games following an against the spread win. The over is 12-3 in Air Force’s last 15 games against a team with a winning straight up record. 

Shane’s Free Pick

The last time these two teams faced off there was only 107 points scored, and this game is also going to be lower scoring. Both of these teams are fine playing at a slower pace, and especially Air Force is going to try and slow down the pace of this game. Look for both teams to finish in the low 50’s and this game will stay under the total. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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