Omaha vs. Denver - 12/28/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Omaha vs. Denver - 12/28/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Pioneers (5-9) at Omaha Mavericks (6-7)

College Basketball: Friday, December 28, 2018 at 8:30 pm (Baxter Arena)

The Line: Omaha Mavericks -7.5 -- Over/Under: 151 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Denver Pioneers will travel to Baxter Arena to take on the Omaha Mavericks this Friday night in College Basketball action.

The Denver Pioneers dropped to 5-9 on the season after being defeated by the Gonzaga Bulldogs, 101-40, this past Friday night. Denver was overmatched in all aspects of the game against Gonzaga and couldn’t fight back after Gonzaga raced out to a 29-2 lead to start the game. Denver shot just 24.6% from the field and 11.1% from beyond the arc while allowing Gonzaga to shoot 68.4% from the field. Leading the way for the Pioneers was Tory Stewart-Miller who had 10 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 assists.

On the season, Denver is averaging 68.2 ppg on 43.1% shooting from the field. The Pioneers are averaging 7.9 three-pointers per game on 37.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Denver has been led by Ronnie Harrell Jr. (13.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.1 apg), Joe Rosga (12.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.5 spg), Ade Murkey (11.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.2 apg), and Tory Miller-Stewart (9.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg).

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Defensively, Denver is allowing their opponents to average 76.9 ppg on 46.7% shooting from the field. The Pioneers have a rebound margin of 1.0 and a turnover margin of -2.8.

The Omaha Mavericks won their 3rd straight game and improved to 6-7 on the season after defeating the Rice Owls, 83-66, this past Friday. Omaha led by a 32-24 margin at halftime and pulled away after taking a 69-51 lead with 5:20 left in regulation. Omaha shot 52.4% from the field and outrebounded the Owls by a 42-33 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Mavericks was Mitchell Hahn who had a double-double with 18 points, 11 rebounds, and an assist.

On the season, Omaha is averaging 76.2 ppg on 46.8% shooting from the field. The Mavericks are averaging 8.9 three-pointers per game on 37.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Omaha has been led by Zach Johnson (18.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.2 spg), JT Gibson (13.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.5 spg), KJ Robinson (10.5 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.0 spg), and Mitchell Hahn (9.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.5 apg).

Defensively, Omaha is allowing their opponents to average 77.2 ppg on 47.2% shooting from the field. The Mavericks have a rebound margin of -5.9 and a turnover margin of 3.0.

The Pioneers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games vs. Summit League opponents, however, are 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Mavericks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win.

It’s been a tough start to the season for the Pioneers as Denver has struggled on both ends of the court and currently rank just 302nd in scoring offense & T-284th in scoring defense. Omaha once against had struggled defensively as they rank just 289th in scoring defense, however, does have an offense that can put up points as they rank 138th in scoring offense, 100th in FG%, and 60th in 3P-FG%. Denver is not as bad as what we say agianst Gonzaga, however, Omaha generally plays well at home and as I think their offense will be able to put up plenty of points against the Pioneers defense, I’m taking Omaha to cover this spread.

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Brett’s Pick Omaha Mavericks -7.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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