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Western Illinois vs. Denver - 12/30/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Denver Pioneers (5-10) at Western Illinois Leathernecks (5-9)
Date & Time Sunday December 30, 2018, 5:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Western Illinois Leathernecks -2 -- Over/Under: 146
TV Channel
https://goleathernecks.com
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NCAA BB | Denver Pioneers (5-10) at Western Illinois Leathernecks (5-9)
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The Denver Pioneers and Western Illinois Leathernecks meet Sunday in college basketball action at the Western Hall.

The Denver Pioneers look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last six games. The Denver Pioneers are averaging 67.6 points on 43 percent shooting and allowing 78.5 points on 48 percent shooting. Ronnie Harrell Jr. is averaging 14.3 points and 5.1 rebounds while Joe Rosga is averaging 12.6 points and 2.7 assists. Ade Murkey is the third double-digit scorer and Tory Miller-Stewart is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The Denver Pioneers are shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc and 71.1 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Pioneers are allowing 40.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.1 rebounds per game. The Denver Pioneers have lost seven of their last eight road games.

The Western Illinois Leathernecks could use a feel good victory after losing five of their last six games. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are averaging 69.9 points on 41.9 percent shooting and allowing 74.9 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Kobe Webster is averaging 17.9 points and 3.4 assists while Isaac Johnson is averaging 11.9 points and six rebounds. C.J. Duff is the third double-digit scorer and Brandon Gilbeck is grabbing 8.4 rebounds. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are shooting 37.9 percent from beyond the arc and 71 percent from the free throw line. The Western Illinois Leathernecks are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.5 rebounds per game. The Western Illinois Leathernecks have won four of their last six home games.

The Pioneers are 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 road games, 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games and 2-9-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Leathernecks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Pioneers are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Western Illinois and 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings. The over is 5-2 in Pioneers last 7 road games. The over is 4-1 in Leathernecks last 5 overall.

The Denver Pioneers are not only terrible SU and ATS, but they're being outscored by 10.9 points on the season, 17.4 points in their last five games and 19.6 points on the road. The Western Illinois Leathernecks have issues of their own, but they have won four of their last six at home and are allowing just 42.5 percent shooting. I'll lay the bucket with Western Illinois, as backing the Denver Pioneers isn't much of an option based on their numbers.

Pick:
Western Illinois Leathernecks -2

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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