New Mexico Lobos at UNLV Rebels College Basketball Betting Preview

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An attractive matchup from the Mountain West conference tournament semifinals is on tap to watch and wager as the number two seeded New Mexico Lobos will face the third seeded UNLV Rebels on Friday night. Tip off time from the UNLV home court at the Thomas and Mack Center is set for 11:30PM Eastern Time and its CBS Sports Network providing the live national television telecast.

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The current odds posted at Oddsmaker have the UNLV Rebels favored by -4 points with an over under lined at 135 points. A money line wager on the UNLV Rebels will return -175 odds. Those who like the New Mexico Lobos to pull off the upset win tonight in the Mountain West semifinals can take back +155 odds for their money line wager.

These two Mountain West clubs are meeting for the third time in the 2011-12 campaign. UNLV defeated New Mexico by 17 points on their home court while the Lobos got revenge in their 20 home win back on February 18th over national television.

UNLV Rebels have enjoyed a solid home court this season with a perfect 16-0 mark on the year. The Rebels averaged four more points and hit on nearly 4% better from the floor on their home court on the season.

The Rebels face the Wyoming Cowboys last night in the Mountain West quarterfinals and earned the 56-48 home win as a -9 point betting favorite. They held a 28-11 lead at the half and struggled to hold off the Cowboys charge in the second half. UNLV has a run and gun style and has difficulty holding leads.

New Mexico has won 8 of their past 10 games and own and impressive 10 point road win at San Diego St. Since beating the Aztecs on the road they have dropped their past two true road games in an 8 point loss to Colorado St and a bad 83-64 defeat to TCU as a -7 ½ point favorite. The Lobos opened up play in the Mountain West conference tournament with the 79-64 victory against the Air Force Falcons as a -14 ½ point betting favorite. New Mexico made 46.5% from the floor and were successful with 31 of their 37 free throws in the victory.

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