Stanford vs. Denver - 12/13/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Denver Pioneers (4-4) at Stanford Cardinal (4-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 6:00 pm (Maples Pavilion)
The Line: Stanford Cardinal -15.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Pac-12 Network
The Denver Pioneers and Stanford Cardinal play Saturday at the Maples Pavilion.
The Denver Pioneers have split their first eight games and will play their fifth true road game. On the season, Denver is averaging 61.6 points on 46.7 percent shooting and is allowing 61.1 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Cam Griffin leads Denver with 13.6 points and 5.8 rebounds while Nate Engesser is averaging 10.9 points on 59.1 percent shooting. Brett Olson is averaging 4.1 assists and Marcus Byrd is shooting 52.9 percent from the field. The Denver Pioneers are a slow paced offensive team that’s still shooting 69.5 percent from the free throw line and 36 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Denver is forcing more than 13 turnovers and is holding teams to 32.7 percent shooting from deep. Denver’s main weakness are the 24.9 rebounds it averages per game.
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The Stanford Cardinal have lost two of their last three games and will play for the first time in nearly two weeks. On the season, Stanford is averaging 77 points on 45.3 percent shooting and is allowing 66 points on 40.5 percent shooting. Chasson Randle leads Stanford with 17.7 points on 41.8 percent shooting and Stefan Nastic is averaging 15.2 points and 7.7 rebounds. Anthony Brown is grabbing 8.2 rebounds per game and Rosco Allen is shooting 40.8 percent from the field. The Stanford Cardinal are a fast paced offensive team that’s averaging nearly 60 shots per game and is shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Stanford is forcing just 10.5 turnovers and is allowing teams to shoot 35.1 percent from downtown. With a schedule that doesn’t get any easier, Stanford needs this game.
The Pioneers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 Saturday games. The Cardinal are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 non-conference games. The Pioneers are 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Denver is a pretty solid team at both ends of the floor and has already played several road games to prepare for this matchup. Stanford isn't playing at the level we expected and has shown some weaknesses. I'm taking the points here in what should be a close game until the end.