Oakland Golden Grizzlies (1-2) vs UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (1-1)Date : 11/16/2018
Time : 10:00 pm EST
Location : Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Oakland Golden Grizzlies vs UNLV Runnin’ Rebels
The Oakland Golden Grizzlies will travel to the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Friday night to battle the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels at 10 pm EST. The Golden Grizzlies are coming off a game to where they were in total control until the Broncos of Western Michigan caught fire in the second half, thus erasing a 9-point halftime lead while outscoring Oakland 46-37 in the second half to force overtime. In the overtime period, the Broncos scored 12 points while allowing just four for Oakland in an 85-77 win, Oakland’s second straight loss after winning their opener at home on November 6th.
The Runnin’ Rebels evened their record at 1-1 with a home win over Cal Riverside on November 13th as the team was solid throughout by shooting 46% from the field, outrebounding the Highlanders 32-23, while also causing 20 turnovers for the night. This will be the first ever meeting amongst these two squads.
Oakland Golden Grizzlies's Latest Performance :
Oakland seeks to get back on track after losing to the Broncos of Western Michigan in their last time out as they slept-walked the entire second half while allowing the Broncos to rally late in the game while also causing overtime. Of course, the Broncos were able to complete their rally by outscoring the home tea 12-4 in the extra period on their way to a win. This was the second straight loss for the Golden Grizzlies as they will certainly look to perform much better versus UNLV on Friday night.
In fact, the offense for Oakland has been very solid this year, however, its defense is allowing opponents to score 72 points per game on 44% shooting per outing. In order for their dangerous offense to really shine, they must get help from their defense while making critical stops when needed.
UNLV Runnin’ Rebels's Latest Performance :
After an opening loss to the Lions of Loyola Marymount, the UNLV Runnin Rebels righted the ship in their last outing as they shot 46% from the field along with outrebounding their opponents in the Cal Riverside Highlanders 32-23 en route to a much-needed win. Also, they collected 20 turnovers for the day while allowing under 40% shooting to the Highlanders for the game. And while the offense was certainly improved since their loss to the Lions, their defense continues to be solid in allowing just 39% shooting to opponents for the year along with 56 points per game. They do, however, allow teams the ability to shoot the three-point shot with a 36% percentage from long range.
Bryce Hamilton scored 16 in the Runnin’ Rebels win over Cal Riverside while their leading scorer Shakir Juiston had only six points on 2 of 7 shooting while also having three turnovers. He will certainly need to bring his A game for this matchup as the Rebels will certainly need to score some points to pull out a victory versus an Oakland team that is averaging 87 points per game.
How Oakland Golden Grizzlies & UNLV Runnin’ Rebels Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Oakland is 1-1 ATS while the OU is 2-0
UNLV is 1-1 ATS while the OU is 0-2
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for Oakland to get themselves back on the winning track in this matchup. The problem is that the Runnin’ Rebels are allowing just 54 points per game thus far and will certainly welcome the opportunity of facing off versus an offensive minded team in the Golden Grizzlies. The Rebels will certainly need to step up offensively in this contest as well in that they are only putting up 61 points per game. Look for Juiston to atone for a bad outing versus the Highlanders.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: UNLV Runnin’ Rebels
My reason for the pick :
Look for the Runnin’ Rebels to feed off of their momentum of their first win of the season while applying this confidence in their contest versus a reeling Golden Grizzlies squad on Friday. It is for this reason that the home team will indeed be the strong play since they will not only be looking to extend their winning streak, but, their star player in Juiston will want to play much better after an outing to which he was nonexistent.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
Look for the under to be he play in this contest as the offense for Oakland, as great as it may be, will struggle versus the defense for the Runnin’ Rebels throughout the game while the inconsistent offense for the Rebels will not capitalize on many of their opportunities in this matchup due to their struggles currently in this area, thus allowing the under to present itself as the strong play, overall.
Betting trends for Oakland Golden Grizzlies:
- The Golden Grizzlies are 1-3 ATS in last four road games
- The Under is 6-3 in Golden Grizzlies last nine games
Betting trends for UNLV Runnin’ Rebels:
- The Runnin’ Rebels are 1-4 ATS in last five home games
- The Under is 4-1 in Runnin’ Rebels last five games