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Denver vs North Dakota State 1/12/23 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

North Dakota State Bison (5-11) vs. Denver Pioneers (10-8)
January 12, 2023 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: Denver Pioneers -1.5 / North Dakota State Bison +1.5; Over/Under: +143
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The North Dakota State Bison and the Denver Pioneers meet in college basketball action from the Hamilton Gymnasium on Thursday night.

The North Dakota State Bison will look to build on their current three-game win streak after a 73-61 win over South Dakota last time out. Grant Nelson leads the Bison in scoring and rebounding with 16.1 PPG and 7.9 RPG while Boden Skunberg has 12.8 PPG with 4.8 RPG this season. Andrew Morgan has 11 PPG with 6.4 RPG to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for North Dakota State up to this point this season. As a team, North Dakota State is averaging 70.5 PPG on 43.4% shooting from the field, 32% from three and 68.3% from the foul line this season.

The Denver Pioneers will be looking to snap a three-game losing skid after a 91-74 loss to Western Illinois last time out. Touki Tainamo has 11.4 PPG with 5.6 RPG and Justin Mullins has 10.9 PPG with 3.3 RPG. Tyree Corbett has 10.7 PPG with a team-high 8.7 RPG to lead Denver up to this point in the season on the boards. As a team, Denver is averaging 75.3 PPG on 50.2% shooting from the field, 33.6% from three and 69.4% from the foul line this season

North Dakota State is 4-1 ATS in their lats 5 Thursday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a home winning percentage above .600 while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Denver is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 1-8 ATS in their last 9 home games while the over is 23-7 in their last 30 home games against a team with a losing road record.

I get the case to be made for either side in this one, but I’m looking at the Bison here. This line is so tight that you’re almost flat out picking a winner here and while the Bison have had issues on the road, they have a history of beating up on Denver, winning the last nine meetings head-to-head between these two. I think this one is going to be tough throughout, but all in all, I like the value we’re getting with North Dakota State here. Give me the Bison.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: North Dakota State +1.5

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