Where: Taco Bell Arena, Boise, ID
When: Saturday, January 19, 5:30 PM. ET.
The Boise State Broncos will be trying to bounce back from their one-point loss to 10th ranked Nevada when they take on the Fresno State Bulldogs on Saturday.
Bulldogs Going For Fourth Win In Five Games
The Bulldogs had their three-game winning streak snapped by Nevada in their last game and will be trying to bounce back from the loss with a win over the Broncos, which will be their fourth win in their last five games.
— Mountain West (@MountainWest) January 15, 2019
Fresno State has played well offensively this season, averaging 78.4 points per game. The team is shooting 46 percent from the field and 38 percent from three-point range.
Braxton Huggins leads the way for the Bulldogs with 19.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. Deshon Taylor is averaging 16.8 points and 4.9 assists per game, while Nate Grimes is averaging 11.9 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.
The Bulldogs have played well defensively and are holding opponents to 66.9 points per game, which is 66th in the country. They gave up 74 points in their last game and will need to play better to beat the Broncos on Saturday.
Broncos Going For Fifth Win In Seven Games
The Broncos almost pulled off an upset of Nevada in their last game but fell short against the Wolf Pack, who were able to avoid the upset with a last second three-point shot. They will try to move past the disappointing loss and pick up their fifth win in their last seven games when they face the Bulldogs on Saturday.
We'll bring the fight. You bring the energy. Let's get it done together.
— Boise State MBB (@BroncoSportsMBB) January 18, 2019
Boise State has been solid on the offensive end, averaging 72.1 points per game. The team is shooting 47 percent from the field and 35 percent from three-point range.
Justinian Jessup leads the way for the Broncos with 13 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. Roderick Williams is averaging 12 points and six rebounds per game, while Alex Hobbs is averaging 11 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.
The Broncos have been better on the defensive end, holding opponents to 67 points per game. They gave up 72 points in their last game and will need a better performance to beat the Bulldogs.
Boise State is:
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Mountain West.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Fresno State is:
- 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. Mountain West.
- 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Broncos have played well against the spread, winning their last four games against Mountain West opponents and four of their last five games against teams with winning records. The Bulldogs have struggled against the spread, losing six of their last eight games against Mountain West opponents.
Prediction: Boise State Broncos
Full-Game Total Pick
The Bulldogs have played over the total in their last four road games against teams with winning home records and in four of their last five road games. The Broncos have played over the total in five of their last six games against Mountain West opponents and in eight of their last 10 games against teams with winning records.
Half-Time Side Pick
The Broncos will win the first half of this game because they have outplayed the Bulldogs in the first half of their last three games, averaging 38 points per game while the Bulldogs average 32.7 points per game.
Prediction: Boise State Broncos
Half-Time Total Bet
The Bulldogs and Broncos are averaging 70.7 points per game in the first half of their last three games and they will fall short of the first half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.