The South Dakota Coyotes (14-10, 7-6 Summit) and Denver Pioneers (9-18, 5-9) clash Saturday in a Summit League tussle. The contest at Hamilton Gymnasium in Denver is slated to tip-off at 4 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the South Dakota vs. Denver odds and lines, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.
South Dakota is coming off its fifth 90-point performance of the season: the Coyotes clocked a 91-69 win at Omaha Thursday. USD shot 58.1% from the floor in that game and has now shot over 47% in four of its last five road games. The Coyotes went 4-1 in those five road tilts.
The Pioneers had their worst shooting performance of the season in an 84-61 home loss to South Dakota State Thursday. Denver shot just 35.6% from the field in losing for the fourth time in its last five games.
South Dakota and Denver are meeting for the second time this season. The Coyotes downed the Pioneers 80-71 Jan. 13.
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South Dakota at Denver odds, spread and lines
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Money line: South Dakota -175 (bet $175 to win $100) | Denver +140 (bet $100 to win $140)
Against the spread (ATS): South Dakota -3.5 (-107) | Denver +3.5 (-115)
Over/Under (O/U): 139.5 (O: -108 | U: -112)
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South Dakota at Denver odds, lines, picks and predictions
South Dakota 72, Denver 66
Both of these teams are above-average offensively, can knock down 3s and struggle at the defensive end. The difference-makers for the favored Coyotes are turnover avoidance, defensive rebounding and getting to the free-throw line. Those are significant factors, and USD has played better of late than its win-loss record indicates.
BACK SOUTH DAKOTA (-175).
Against the spread
The Coyotes are 5-0 ATS in their last five games as a favorite while the Pioneers are 0-4 ATS in their last four games as home underdogs.
TAKE THE COYOTES -3.5 (-107) and figure this play as having a bit more value than the ML action.
This matchup fits as an Under lean with the wish of a number set in the 142-144 range. Not all wishes come true: PASS.
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