Utah Valley vs New Mexico Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/15/23

New Mexico Lobos (22-11) vs Utah Valley Wolverines (25-8)

Game Info: Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at 10:00 pm (The Pit)

Betting Odds: New Mexico Lobos -6 -- Over/Under: 160 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New Mexico Lobos and Utah Valley Wolverines face off on Wednesday in an NIT college basketball showdown at The Pit. 

New Mexico Betting Preview 

New Mexico got out to a fast start to the season, but they have had some major issues in the second half of the season. New Mexico sits with a 22-11 record and they have gone 15-14-3 against the spread. In the last game in the Mountain West Tournament, New Mexico scored 76 points but they gave up 91 points to Utah State and that led to the 15 point defeat. Jamal Mashburn Jr had a strong game finishing with 20 points, four assists, and two rebounds. New Mexico is averaging 81.2 points while their defense is giving up 74 points per game. Mashburn Jr on the season is averaging 19.5 points while shooting 43.7 percent from the field and 38.3 percent from behind the three point line. 

Utah Valley Betting Preview

Utah Valley comes into this game with a 25-8 record and they have gone 21-9 against the spread. In the last game against Southern Utah, Utah Valley scored 88 points, but they defense gave up 89 points and that led to the defeat. Trey Woodbury had a strong game finishing with 29 points, eight rebounds, and six assists. Utah Valley is averaging 76.9 points while their defense is giving up 68 points per game. Le’Tre Darthard had a strong game finishing with 14.2 points while shooting 44.8 percent form the field and 37 percent from behind the three point line. 

New Mexico vs Utah Valley  Trends

Utah Valley is 5-0 against the spread in their last five games on Wednesday. The under is 5-0 in Utah Valley’s last five road games. The under is 5-0 in Wolverines last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Lobos are 0-3-1 against the spread in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning percentage of greater than .600.

Shane’s Free Pick

I don’t trust this New Mexico defense, especially with the way the defense has been playing this season. New Mexico gave up 91 points in the last game, and this Utah Valley offense is averaging 76.9 points per game. Look for Utah Valley to run up the score, and New Mexico is going to have no answer. Back Utah Valley against the spread. 

Shane’s Pick Utah Valley +6

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