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Denver Pioneers vs. South Dakota State Jackrabbits Prediction, Preview, and Odds - 2-14-2020
On Friday night, the Denver Pioneers and South Dakota State Jackrabbits will battle in this Summit League matchup. Tip-off is set for 8:00 PM ET.
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Pioneers Looking For First Road WinThe Denver Pioneers are having a terrible season. They are in last place in the Summit League, 1-10 in conference play, 5-20 overall, 0-11 on the road, and have dropped five games in a row. The only good goals that this team can still achieve is not finishing last in the conference and winning their first road game of the season. Most of their losses have been somewhat close and the Pioneers know how to stack up the points. This team might be able to cover the spread, even though their defense gives up way too much. Jase Townsend leads the team in points per game with 17.9.
In their last game, Denver lost to Fort Wayne 70-63. The Pioneers scored 19 points in the first half and found themselves down 19 points at halftime. They had a good second half of scoring, but it was too late to win the game. Denver had two players finish in double figures in scoring and Townsend led the team in points with 15. They shot 44.2 percent from the field, 7 of 20 on threes, and 10 of 22 from the free throw line. This team needs better starts, more depth scoring, and less turnovers.
Jackrabbits Eyeing First Place In Summit LeagueThe South Dakota State Jackrabbits are having an awesome season. They are tied for first with ND State, 9-2 in conference play, 18-8 overall, 13-0 at home, and have won four games in a row. SD State is in a tight, three-team race for first in the Summit League, and they are trying to finish first in the regular-season standings, so they can have a nice spot for the conference playoffs. During this little winning streak, the offense and defense have been on their game, and three of the four wins were double-digit victories. Douglas Wilson leads the team in points per game with 17.9.
In their last game, the Jackrabbits beat Omaha 81-64. SD State put up 40 points in the first half and built a seven-point lead. They put up another 40 plus points half and the defense did the rest. They had four players finish in double figures in scoring and Wilson led the team in points with 24. South Dakota State shot 51 percent from the field, 7 of 15 on threes, and 14 of 20 on free throws. They need to work on offensive rebounds, bench scoring, and limiting the turnovers.
The top supporting trends for South Dakota State, found on Oddsshark.com are:
- Jackrabbits are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games.
- Jackrabbits are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games at home.
- Jackrabbits are 11-2 ATS in their last 13 games this season.
The top supporting trends for Denver, found on Oddsshark.com are:
- Pioneers are 1-15 SU in their last 16 games this season.
- Pioneers are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games played in February.
- Pioneers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against South Dakota State.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
One team is on top of the Summit and the other forgot their climbing gear. The Pioneers don't have much going for them this season and they don't even have a road win. They will be going up against a South Dakota team that is undefeated at home and in a race to the top. This is the last easy opponent that the Jackrabbits will face and they can't afford to take them lightly. South Dakota State wins most of their home games by a 15 to 20 point margin and the offense and defense seem to be clicking as well. Denver is 13-11 against the spread and South Dakota State is 18-6. The Jackrabbits are the way better team on offense and defense. The Pioneers just have free throws and steals going for them. The Jackrabbits are one of the best teams with field goals and true shooting numbers.
Prediction: South Dakota State Jackrabbits -15.5
Full-Game Total Pick
This game will go under 148.5 points because Denver doesn't have enough depth scoring and the defense doesn't get the job done. South Dakota State is very effective in their field goal shooting and the numbers are very high at home. Denver averages 68.2 points per game and South Dakota State is at 77.2. The Jackrabbits have three players averaging ten plus points a game and the Pioneers have two. The Jackrabbits will do better with offensive rebounds and take advantage of the Pioneer turnovers. The South Dakota State starters are more effective from the field than the Denver players. The Jackrabbits have consistent offense and defense. Denver falls behind early, because the offense takes awhile to get going and the defense can't get a good stretch of stops going. The Jackrabbits will try to put this game away early and fine tune their game play for the big games coming up. South Dakota State wins 80-62.
Prediction: Under 148.5