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Denver vs. Colorado State - 12/19/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Colorado State Rams (10-0) at Denver Pioneers (5-5)

College Basketball: Friday, December 19, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Magness Arena)

The Line: Denver Pioneers +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT Sports

The Colorado State Rams and Denver Pioneers square off Thursday at the Magness Arena.

The Colorado State Rams remain undefeated and play their second true road game. On the season, Colorado State is averaging 71.9 points on 45.4 percent shooting and is allowing 62.9 points on 42.5 percent shooting. J.J. Avila is averaging 14.8 points and 7.8 rebounds while Stanton Kidd is averaging 12.9 points and 5.9 rebounds. Gian Clavell is shooting 41.7 percent from the field and Joe De Ciman is shooting 46.9 percent from deep. The Colorado State Rams are a quality offensive team that has four players averaging double-digit points while shooting 64.7 percent from the free throw line and 39.1 percent from deep. Defensively, CSU is forcing 12.3 turnovers per game and allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep. Daniel Bejarano is questionable for this game with an ankle injury.

Denver vs. Colorado State - 12/19/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Denver Pioneers have lost three of their last five and would love a big win here. On the season, Denver is averaging 61.9 points on 47.5 percent shooting and is allowing 61.1 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Cam Griffin is averaging 13.6 points and 5.8 rebounds while Nate Engesser is averaging 12.1 points on 61.7 percent shooting. Brett Olson is the third player averaging double-digit points and Marcus Byrd is shooting 50 percent from the field. The Denver Pioneers is a slow paced offensive team that’s still shooting a solid 70.6 percent from the line and 37.6 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Denver is forcing 12.4 turnovers per game and holding teams to 32.6 percent shooting from deep. Denver’s weakness would be its 25.2 rebounds per game.

The Rams are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 16-33-3 ATS in their last 52 games overall. The Pioneers are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Rams are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the underdog is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings.

The Colorado State Rams are a legit MWC contender while Denver is still trying to find itself this season. The Pioneers have lost to every decent team they've played this season and that's not about to change. Give me the Rams and the tiny chalk. 

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Colorado State Rams -2.5

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