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Denver vs. San Jose State - 12/5/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Jose State Spartans (2-5) at Denver Pioneers (3-5)

College Basketball: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 9:00 pm (Magness Arena)

The Line: Denver Pioneers -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Altitude 2

The San Jose State Spartans will travel to Magness Arena to take on the Denver Pioneers this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The San Jose State Spartans lost their 2nd consecutive game and dropped to 2-5 on the season after being defeated by the Southern Illinois Salukis, 76-58, this past Saturday. San Jose State struggled offensively throughout the game and couldn’t fight back after an 8-0 Salukis run gave Southern Illinois a commanding 52-29 lead with 10:55 left in regulation. San Jose State shot 40.0% from the field and 25.0% (3-12) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Spartans was Ryan Welage who had 10 points and 3 rebounds. On the season, San Jose State is averaging 70.0 ppg on 44.0% shooting from the field. The Spartans are averaging 5.0 three-pointers per game on 35.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, San Jose State has been led by Ryan Welage (18.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.1 apg), Jaycee Hillsman (9.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.1 spg), and Keith Fisher III (8.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg), and Oumar Barry (7.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg). Defensively, San Jose State is allowing their opponents to average 71.6 ppg on 43.1% shooting from the field. The Spartans have a rebound margin of 9.9 and a turnover margin of -4.4.

Denver vs. San Jose State - 12/5/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Denver Pioneers dropped to 3-5 on the season after being defeated by the Air Force Falcons, 61-59, this past Saturday. Denver opened up the game on fire, taking a 27-5 lead, however, struggled offensively in the 2nd half and couldn’t answer after Pervis Louder slammed the game home with a monster dunk for the Falcons with just :04 seconds left in regulation. Denver shot 43.2% from the field and 42.3% (11-26) from beyond the arc, however, committed 23 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Pioneers was Daniel Amigo who had 11 points, 9 rebounds, 1 block, and a steal. On the season, Denver is averaging 71.4 ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field. The Pioneers are averaging 7.1 three-pointers per game on 38.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensviely, Denver has been led by Daniel Amigo (16.8 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.1 apg), Joe Rosga (16.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.0 apg), Jake Pemberton (7.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.0 spg), and Jake Krafka (5.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.5 apg). Defensively, Denver is allowing their opponents to average 72.3 ppg on 39.3% shooting from the field. The Pioneers have a rebound margin of 8.8 and a turnover margin of -7.6.

The Spartans are 7-16-1 ATS in their last 24 Tuesday games and just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Pioneers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss.

The San Jose State Spartans has struggled this season scoring the basketball as the Spartans rank just T-267th in scoring offense and T-334th in three-pointers made per game. Denver has a great duo in Daniel Amigo and Joe Rosga however, the Pioneers have been plagued this season by turnovers as they rank 344th in turnover margin. Denver is the more talented team in this one and although the Pioneers can be frustrating with their turnovers, the Spartans haven’t been great at forcing turnovers on the season and I think the Denver does enough against the Spartans defense to cover this double-digit home spread. Take Denver to cover.

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