New Mexico Lobos (1-0) vs. Saint Mary’s Gaels (1-0)
New Mexico Lobos vs. Saint Mary’s Gaels 11/9/23 – On Thursday’s NCAA Men’s Basketball showdown between New Mexico Lobos and Saint Mary’s Gaels is set to create incredible anticipation, as both sides seek to extend their winning streaks early in the season at University Credit Union Pavilion under the bright lights of prime-time basketball. Fans and bettors are keenly monitoring NCAAB expert picks to gain insight into which side will emerge victorious from this early-season clash.
Analysis of the New Mexico Lobos’ season opener statistics reveal a team with powerful offensive prowess. Scoring an impressive 92 points, they demonstrated an effective attack with an outstanding 44.8% field goal percentage and 43.5% accuracy from beyond the arc, along with 81.5% free throw conversion rates at their free-throw line opportunities. In support of their offensive output are 53-board rebound average per game plus 9 steals and 5 blocks from defense; but their 9 turnovers per game may become a cause for concern if facing disciplined Saint Mary’s squad teams like these.
Saint Mary’s Gaels have shown they can be an offensive powerhouse, even with just one game under their belts. Scoring an impressive 107 points in their season opener and shooting 56.5% from the field and 33.3% from 3-point range (though grabbing 59 rebounds and blocking 8 shots in defense). Furthermore, they had significantly fewer turnovers than their opponents; should these attributes continue to hold, they might just come out on top in this contest.
New Mexico Lobos vs. Saint Mary’s Gaels 11/9/23 Game Info
|When:||Thursday, November 9, 2023, at 10:00 PM ET|
|Where:||University Credit Union Pavilion|
Jamal Mashburn Jr. (Guard) vs. Mason Forbes (Forward)
Jamal Mashburn Jr. has quickly emerged as a key component for the Lobos, with his all-around performance in their season opener showing his versatility on the court; posting 15 points, 3 rebounds, and 5 assists per game! A robust 50 field goal shooting rate coupled with 66.7% 3-point accuracy shows his scoring efficiency; yet, his ability to handle the Gaels’ resilient defense could ultimately determine who comes out on top in this matchup.
Mason Forbes of the Gaels is an intimidating presence in the paint, scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds per 18 minutes played, boasting 80% field goal accuracy while taking advantage of any defensive slip ups by Lobos while contributing on defense with blocks – potentially tipping the balance towards his side of the court.
Mashburn Jr. and Forbes will present an exciting battle of agility between Lobos’ agility and Gaels’ strength on the court. Mashburn Jr.’s perimeter play and Forbes’ interior dominance will both play key roles, having the power to ignite their team’s offense or transform its momentum at any point during a match-up.
NCAAB Odds/Point Spread: Saint Mary’s Gaels Spread -5 (-110), Total Odds: 143.5
Saint Mary’s has an edge as the odds favor them as favorites with a five-point spread reflecting their strong home performance and recent form. A total score of 143.5 is intriguing given both teams’ potent offensive starts to the season; it also aligns well with Gaels’ history of keeping game totals under 140 points in most contests.
New Mexico Lobos Betting Trends
New Mexico’s betting trends show a team capable of scoring, with most games going OVER, but its struggles against West Coast Conference opponents and Thursday games in particular suggest it might have difficulty covering the spread. They will need to leverage its strong ATS record during November in order to overcome these trends.
Saint Mary’s Gaels Betting Trends
Saint Mary’s betting trends demonstrate a team with considerable home court advantage and an outstanding overall record, particularly during November games. Their ability to limit scoring against Mountain West opponents may provide clues for bettors looking at total points totals.
New Mexico Lobos vs. Saint Mary’s Gaels 11/9/23 Betting Picks
Analysis and betting trends suggest that Saint Mary’s Gaels are in a strong position to dominate at home, thanks to their efficient offense and solid defense. Their defensive expertise makes them a sound pick against covering the spread. But don’t underestimate Lobos’ offense with Jamal Mashburn Jr as part of its roster – don’t take anything for granted here!
Considered in conjunction with other premium game selections, when betting premium games it might be wise to pick both teams to come close enough to the five-point spread to cover it and potentially cover their spread altogether. It can be more difficult to call total scores accurately but given both teams’ scoring prowess, over might just edge out.
Free Pick and Prediction: Saint Mary’s Gaels 78, New Mexico Lobos 74.