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New Mexico Lobos vs. San Jose State Spartans Betting Preview

Mountain West rivals will square off Friday night as the New Mexico Lobos (19-7, 67) take on the San Jose State Spartans (16-10, 7-6). The Spartans will host this one at the Provident Credit Union Event Center, with tipoff scheduled for 10:30 pm ET.

The Spartans are slight favorites in this one playing at home. They are -114 to win, while the Lobos’ moneyline sits at -105. The spread features New Mexico as 0.5-point (-104) underdogs, and the over/under for total points is 144.5 (-110).

New Mexico Looks For Regular Season Sweep

After demolishing San Jose State 77-57 one month ago, the Lobos are looking for a repeat performance as they go on the road Friday. This season, they are 4-4 as the visiting team.

In that win, Jamal Mashburn Jr and Jaelen House combined for 40 points, while Morris Udeze added 17 points and 14 rebounds. Since then, New Mexico has gone just 2-5 and have lost four straight.

Trying to end their losing streak, the Lobos will turn to the 18th-best offense in the country, averaging 79.7 points per game (75.9 on the road). They are led by Mashburn, who is averaging 19.8 points and three rebounds per game.

House (17.3 points, four rebounds, 4.6 assists, 2.7 steals) and Udeze (15.2 points, nine rebounds) have also had great seasons; however, House is questionable for this one with a hamstring injury.

Spartans Looking For Redemption At Home

The blowout loss to the Lobos was one of the worst games of the season for San Jose State, and on Friday, they are looking to repay the favor at home. This season, they are 10-2 when playing at home, versus just 4-7 on the road.

San Jose State’s offense has struggled for most of the season. They rank just 246th in the country, averaging 67.6 points per game.

The only player on the team averaging double digits is junior guard Omari Moore, who is averaging 17 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 4.9 assists. Other contributors include Alvaro Cardenas (9.8 points, 3.3 assists) and Sage Tolbert III (8.8 points, 7.3 rebounds).

Defensively, San Jose State is much better. They rank 69th overall, allowing opponents an average of 66.1 points per game (60.4 at home).

Take San Jose At Home

The first time these two matched up, Omari Moore had a nice game, scoring 24 points for the Spartans. Unfortunately, no other player even hit double digits and the defense just couldn’t slow down New Mexico.

Expect things to be a little different now that San Jose is the home team. They are 7-1 against the spread in their last eight home games, and they are 6-1 against the spread in their last seven home games versus the Lobos.

As for New Mexico, they are 0-5 against the spread in their last five, and they are 1-5 overall in their last six.

This one is all about momentum, and the Spartans, who have the advantage of playing at home, have it compared to New Mexico. Take San Jose to win this one straight up at home (-114).

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