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North Dakota vs. Denver - 2/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Denver at North Dakota
Date & Time Saturday February 23, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Betty Englestad Sioux Center
Grand Forks, ND
The Line
North Dakota Fighting Hawks -4.5 -- O/U: 143.5
TV Channel
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The Denver Pioneers and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks meet in Summit League college basketball action from the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Denver Pioneers will look to rebound from a 72-45 beatdown at the hands of the South Dakota Grizzlies in their last outing. David Nzekwesi led the Pioneers with 14 points on 6 of 10 shooting with 6 rebounds while Joe Rosga added 13 points with 3 threes as the only other Denver player to score in double figures in the losing effort. Jase Townsend had 5 points and a team-high 3 assists while Alperen Kurnax had 4 points and a team-high 8 rebounds. Ronnie Harrell Jr. was held to just 3 points but still leads Denver with an average of 13.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while Rosga leads Denver in assists with 2.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Denver is averaging 69.4 points per game on 44% shooting from the field, 38% from behind the arc and 74.9% from the foul line this season.

The North Dakota Fighting Hawks will look to build some momentum after picking up an 85-73 win over Oral Roberts last time out. Marlon Stewart led the Hawks with 23 points on 6 of 13 shooting with a 9 of 11 mark from the foul line while Aanen Moody added 21 points consisting of 7 threes and Cortez Seales chipped in 20 points with a team-high 5 assists to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for North Dakota in the winning effort. Billy Brown added 6 points with a team-high 8 rebounds and 4 assists while Filip Rebraca chipped in 7 points with 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Seales leads North Dakota with an average of 13.5 points and 3.2 assists per game while Rebraca leads the Fighting Hawks on the glass with 5.9 rebounds per game this season. As a team, North Dakota is averaging 73.5 points per game on 46% shooting from the field, 37.4% from behind the arc and 69.8% from the foul line this season.

Denver is 0-6 ATS in their last 6 conference games and 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games. North Dakota is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall.

Denver appears to be falling apart before our very eyes, and it’s to the point now where the Pioneers aren’t covering games either. North Dakota isn’t a world beater by any stretch of the imagination, but the Fighting Hawks do a good job taking it to the teams that they’re supposed to beat. The line isn’t that bad either, so I’ll lay the points with North Dakota in this one.

North Dakota -4.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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