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Denver vs South Dakota State Pick – Basketball Predictions & Odds 2/16/23

South Dakota State Jackrabbits (15-11) vs. Denver Pioneers (13-15)
February 16, 2023 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: Denver Pioneers +5.5 / South Dakota State Jackrabbits -5.5; Over/Under: +143.5
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The South Dakota State Jackrabbits and the Denver Pioneers meet in college basketball action from the Hamilton Gymnasium on Thursday night. Let’s dive into the odds, injuries, matchup history and make a prediction for this game.


South Dakota State is listed as a 5.5-point road favorite with a ML price of -240. The total for this game is set at 143.5 points.


South Dakota State has Luke Appel listed as out indefinitely with a lower body injury while Denver has no new names announced to the injury report coming into this game.

Matchup History

South Dakota State’s 76-61 win over Denver back on January 21st, 2023, made it 11 straight wins for the Jackrabbits in this head-to-head matchup.


South Dakota State is 45-21-2 ATS in their last 68 games following an ATS loss and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Denver is 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games overall and 3-10 ATS in their last 13 home games while the over is 25-9 in their last 34 home games against a team with a losing road record.


I’m rocking with South Dakota State here. I won’t lie, coming into this season, I thought the Jackrabbits lost far too much talent for this team to even come close to looking like the Jackrabbits teams of the past, and while South Dakota State hasn’t been as dominant, they’re still one of the top-end teams in the Summit this year. Denver is just struggling their way along and I don’t see this as a spot for that to change. South Dakota State’s just been too good as of late so I’ll lay it and play it with the Jackrabbits here.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: South Dakota State -5.5

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