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North Dakota State vs Denver Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 12th Betting Odds
Bison vs Pioneers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: North Dakota State Bison at Denver Pioneers
- Where: Denver at Hamilton Gymnasium
- Date: Thursday, January 12th
- Betting Odds: North Dakota State -2, NDKST -133 | DEN +109 O/U 144.5
The North Dakota State will take the floor in today’s game in the middle of a 3 game win streak and have an overall record of 6-11. So far, the Bison have played 10 games on the road, with a record of 2-8. This season, North Dakota State has been favored to win in 3 games, sitting with a mark of 2-1. For today’s contest, North Dakota State has a betting line set -2 points in their favor.
Grant Nelson comes into today’s game as the Bison’s leading scorer at 16.07 points per contest. Not only has Nelson been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is North Dakota State’s top rebounder at 7.86 boards per contest. Behind Nelson, the team has benefited from the strong play of Boden Skunberg, who is second on the team in scoring at 12.81 points per game. Overall, he has hit 40.0% of his shots and is adding 4.75 boards per game.
On offense, North Dakota State comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 434th in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Bison’s are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.8 points per game. So far, 37.33% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 35.8%.
Denver will take the floor against the Bison with an overall record of 10-8. Currently, the Pioneers have been the home team 7 times, sitting with a record of 5-2. So far, the Pioneers have been the underdog 7 times, going 1-6 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +2 underdogs on the spread.
Denver will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Tommy Bruner who is averaging 16.89 points per game for the Pioneers. Bruner is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Pioneers’ offensive game plan is the play of Touko Tainamo who has hit 56.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.39 points per game.
Coming into today’s game, Denver will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Pioneers are ranked 223rd at 70.5 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 407th ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, Denver is close to the NCAA average at 36.8%.
Free Spread Prediction: Denver Pioneers +2
After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have North Dakota State as the favorites with a line coming in at -2. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the Denver Pioneers to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with North Dakota State at 7.61 made 3’s per game compared to Denver at 7.25. Look for Denver to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Bison.
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