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North Dakota State vs. Denver - 1/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Denver Pioneers (6-10) at North Dakota State Bison (9-7)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Scheels Center)

The Line: North Dakota State Bison -12.5 -- Over/Under: 136.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: MDCO SN; ESPN College Extra

The Denver Pioneers will travel to the Scheels Center to take on the North Dakota State Bison this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Denver Pioneers lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 6-10 (0-2 Summit) on the season after being defeating by the Fort Wayne Mastodons, 82-63, this past Saturday. Denver trailed by a 45-35 margin at halftime and couldn’t fight back after the Mastodons took a 57-40 lead with 16:31 left in regulation. Denver allowed Fort Wayne to shoot 49.2% from the field and committed 17 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Pioneers was Joe Rosga who had 18 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal. On the season, Denver is averaging 71.4 ppg on 47.0% shooting from the field. The Pioneers are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 39.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Denver has been led by Daniel Amigo (16.1 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.5 apg), Joe Rosga (15.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.9 apg), Jake Pemberton (10.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.3 spg), and Jake Krafka (4.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.2 apg). Defensively, Denver is allowing their opponents to average 72.8 ppg on 41.9% shooting from the field. The Pioneers have a rebound margin of 7.3 and a turnover margin of -5.9.

North Dakota State vs. Denver - 1/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The North Dakota State Bison improved to 9-7 (1-1 Summit) on the season after defeating the South Dakota Coyotes, 84-79, this past Saturday. North Dakota State held a double-digit lead midway through the 2nd half and although South Dakota made a late charge to take a 76-75 lead with just 2:43 left in regulation, North Dakota State was able to secure the victory finishing the game on a 9-3 run. North Dakota State shot 52.8% from the field and 50.0% (11-22) from beyond the arc in the win. Leading the way for the Bison was Cameron Hunter who had 35 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal. On the season, North Dakota State is averaging 74.8 ppg on 47.7% shooting from the field. The Bison are averaging 9.6 three-pointers per game on 40.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, North Dakota State has been led by Paul Miller (18.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 3.8 apg), Tyson Ward (10.4 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.6 apg), Cameron Hunter (10.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.2 apg), and A.J. Jacobson (8.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.6 apg). Defensively, North Dakota State is holding their opponents to an average of 68.5 ppg on 41.2% shooting from the field. The Bison have a rebound margin of 1.5 and a turnover margin of -2.8.

The Pioneers are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 Thursday games and just 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS loss. The Bison are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games following a ATS win and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games.

Denver has lost 5 of their last 6 games and has struggled offensively as the Pioneers rank just 252nd in scoring offense, 276th in FG%, and 346th in turnover margin. North Dakota State has won 4 of their last 5 games and has been solid on both sides of the ball as the Bison rank 89th in scoring defense, 70th in defensive FG%, and 62nd in FG%. Denver has a great duo in Joe Rosga and Daniel Amigo, however, the Pioneers have really struggled  with turnovers this season and as the Bison seem that they are starting to figure it out on the offensive end, I think North Dakota State does enough at home to cover this spread.   

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