No. 20 Arizona State Steals Cover From No. 6 Nevada Late Friday

Willie Bee

Thursday, December 6, 2018 8:26 PM UTC

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 8:26 PM UTC

Friday night finds another battle between ranked teams, and we have a free pick for the clash of unbeaten when Nevada meets Arizona State in the Hall of Fame Classic in Los Angeles. Bet confidently with tips from SBRpicks.com.

Season Record: 17-10-1 (+6.45 units)

No. 6 Nevada (8-0 SU, 6-1 ATS) vs. No. 20 Arizona State (7-0 SU, 5-2 ATS)Friday, 11:59 p.m. ET, Los Angeles (ESPN2)Free NCAAB Pick: Sun Devils ATSBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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Some of the best action on Thursday’s short NCAA basketball odds card takes place at the Hall of Fame Classic in Los Angeles, and the evening concludes with a dandy of a battle between ranked and unbeaten teams as the Nevada Wolf Pack take on the Arizona State Sun Devils.

A March atmosphere should fill Staples Center for this Nos. 6-20 clash, tip-off tentatively set for just before midnight (ET) following the New Mexico-Saint Mary’s and TCU-USC matchups earlier at the venue. Current odds say it will be the Wolf Pack who keep their record unblemished.

Edwards, Martin & Mitchell Questionable For Sun Devils

Arizona State is the second consecutive Pac-12 opponent for Nevada, and the Wolf Pack have a third coming up in about three weeks when they travel to face the Utah Utes. Bookmaker closed Eric Musselman’s squad on a -6 line last Saturday at USC, and the Wolf Pack turned on the jets in the second half for a 73-61 victory. It was Nevada’s third consecutive cover, and 3rd-straight contest to shoot 40% or better from beyond the arc. Jordan Caroline recorded his sixth double-double of the season in the win over the Trojans, finishing with a game-high 24 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.

Bobby Hurley’s bunch saw a string of 5-straight covers come to an end on Saturday with an 83-71 triumph over Texas Southern, the Sun Devils closing as 19½-point favorites. Zylan Cheatham made Arizona State history in the game by becoming just the second Sun Devil to record a triple-double as the 6-8 senior finished with 14 points, 13 boards and 10 assists. Arizona State has been playing without the services of three key members of Hurley’s rotation, and all three remain questionable for Friday’s fracas with Rob Edwards nursing a sore back, Remy Martin out with an ankle injury and Mickey Mitchell still hobbled by a sore toe.

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@SunDevilHoops Gets Shot At Another Ranked Non-Conference Opponent Friday - https://t.co/mj825jdKvr | Arizona State University Athletics — big one Friday at 9 pm PT on ESPN2 https://t.co/9ncWAkin0r

— Sun Devil MBB (@SunDevilHoops) 6 de dezembro de 2018
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Both Sides Shooting Better Than 50% In Their Last 3 Games

Friday marks just the fourth meeting in recent memory between the schools, and first time either side has been ranked heading into their clash. Arizona State won the first two meetings (2002, 2010) with Nevada taking the 2011 matchup in Tempe, 69-61. The Sun Devils were favored by 6½ on their home floor in that encounter, the final just easing above a 129½-point total.

Both teams have been shooting well lately, yet Nevada (2-5 O/U) and Arizona State (3-4 O/U) each sport leans to the ‘under.’ I’ll be taking the Sun Devils plus the points with my free college basketball pick.

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