Denver vs. Western Illinois - 1/14/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Western Illinois Leathernecks (7-8) at Denver Pioneers (7-10)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Magness Arena)
The Line: Denver Pioneers -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Western Illinois Leathernecks and Denver Pioneers play Wednesday at the Magness Arena.
The Western Illinois Leathernecks have split their last 10 games and play their seventh true road game. On the season, Western Illinois is averaging 62.2 points on 37.4 percent shooting and is allowing 72 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Garret Covington is averaging 15.9 points and3.8 rebounds while Jabari Sandifer is averaging 9.5 points and 4.9 assists. Mohammed Conde is grabbing six rebounds and J.C. Fuller is shooting 35.2 percent from the field. The Western Illinois Leathernecks remain very offensively challeneged, as they’re shooting 69.7 percent from the line and 32.5 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Western Illinois is allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and has allowed 68 or less points in four of its last seven games. Mike Miklusak is questionable with a leg injury.
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The Denver Pioneers have lost five of their last seven games and look for their second conference win. On the season, Denver is averaging 63.1 points on 49 percent shooting and is allowing 63.6 points on 46.9 percent shooting. Brett Olson is averaging 13.4 points and three assists while Cam Griffin is averaging 12.1 points and 5.6 rebounds. Nate Engesser is the third player averaging double-digit points and Marcus Byrd is grabbing 4.1 rebounds. The Denver Pioneers are an elite shooting team that’s making 73.6 percent from the line and 40.5 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Denver is allowing 38.3 percent shooting from deep and has given up 69 or more points in four of its last five games.
The Leathernecks are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 road games and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Pioneers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Summit and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss.
Western Illinois doesn't have the horses to compete in this game for 40 minutes, as Denver can hot quickly from just about anywhere on the court. Give me the Pioneers to win by double digits.