Nebraska-Omaha vs. Denver - 2/16/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Denver Pioneers (5-21) at Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks (12-13)
College Basketball: Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 5:30 pm (Baxter Arena)
The Line: Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks -10 -- Over/Under: 154.5
The Denver Pioneers (5-21, 1-11 CONF) and the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks (12-14, 5-6 CONF) will meet on Sunday, February 16th for a Summit League matchup at Baxter Arena in Omaha, NE. The game will be played at 5:30 PM eastern time.
Denver is coming off a loss on the road to South Dakota State, 90-78. That loss makes it six straight for Denver, whose defense has struggled badly in recent action. Omaha is coming off a tough, overtime loss on the road to Oral Roberts. Omaha has now lost four games in a row, all of which being against conference opponents.
Denver has not done a lot right this season, as their offense and defense have both struggled throughout the season, hence the Pioneers having only five wins. Denver scores 68.6 points per game on 44.3% FG shooting. G Jase Townsend leads the team in scoring, as he averages 17.8 points per game this season. Denver allows 76.4 points per game to the opposition. Denver also earns 33.0 rebounds, 10.9 assists, 2.1 blocks, and 5.8 steals per game.
Omaha has struggled badly on the defensive end, allowing 77.1 points per game in a conference that does love to play fast and shoot the three. Omaha scores 73.5 points per game on offense, and their leading scorer this season so far is KJ Robinson, who scores 15.2 PPG. Omaha also earns 35.9 rebounds, 12.8 assists, 3.4 blocks, and 5.2 steals per game.
Denver is 14-11 ATS this season and 7-3 ATS in their last ten games. Denver is also 7-5 ATS on the road so far this season. Omaha is 11-13 ATS this season and 4-6 ATS in their last ten games. Omaha is also 6-4 ATS at home so far this season.
Taking all of this into consideration, Denver, despite losing many games this season, has kept things close in most of their recent losses. A 12 point loss on the road to the conference favorite is not too bad. Omaha is the better offensive team, but their defense keeps their opponents in games for far too long. I will take Denver and the ten points, as the trends are in their favor.