New Mexico State Aggies at California Baptist Lancers Free Prediction 01/03/19

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The New Mexico State Aggies (11-3) will be at the CBU Events Center to go head-to-head with the California Baptist Lancers (8-5) in a WAC matchup. The game gets underway at 10 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 3, 2019.

New Mexico State Aggies vs. California Baptist Lancers ATS Odds

Both teams beat their last opponent. The Lancers defeated the San Diego Christian Hawks 87-71, while the Aggies beat the North Dakota State Bison 73-56.

New Mexico State played a perfect game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 36.6 and a turnover percentage of 9.9. North Dakota State had marks of 13.5 and 15.5, respectively, for those same stats. California Baptist, on the other hand, played a nearly flawless game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 27.8 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.597. For those same stats, San Diego Christian put up marks of 5.7 and 0.500, respectively. California Baptist’s Milan Acquaah played well, putting up 22 points and six assists. JoJo Zamora, meanwhile played a pivotal role for New Mexico State with 16 points and five rebounds.

Acquaah has really been playing well as of late for California Baptist, averaging 0 points over the last five games.

It will be a battle of contrasting paces as the up-and-down Lancers will look to push the more half-court-oriented Aggies. The Lancers rank 52nd in possessions per game while the Aggies are 254th. Ball protection should be an advantage for the Aggies. They rank 59th at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 17.0 percent), while the Lancers force the 39th-fewest turnovers in the nation (opponents’ turnover percentage of 16.7 percent).

New Mexico State vs. California Baptist Pick

Pick: SU Winner – California Baptist, O/U – Over

Betting Notes:

  • California Baptist ranks 31st in three pointers allowed per game (19.2) while New Mexico State ranks 114th (21.9).
  • The Aggies are fourth in the NCAA with 9.1 assists allowed per game while the Lancers are 25th with 10.5 assists allowed per game.
  • New Mexico State is 21st in the country with 2.4 blocks allowed per game while California Baptist is 24th with 2.5 blocks allowed per game.
  • The Aggies rank 10th in rebounds allowed per game (29.5) while the Lancers rank 87th (33.6).
  • New Mexico State ranks 10th in steals allowed per game (4.6) while California Baptist ranks 39th (5.4).

Bettings Trends:

  • During their last five games, the Lancers have scored an average of 79.6 points per game (2.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 85.4 points per game (12.7 above their season average).
  • The Aggies’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 12.0, down from 12.1 for the season.