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Western Kentucky HilltoppersDenver Pioneers
Jan 15, 3:00 PM | Magness Arena

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Denver Pioneers Odds

5-13TEAM RECORD13-4

Denver looks to cover the Pioneers-Hilltoppers pointspread on Sunday and improve its overall 13-4 mark when they host Western Kentucky in college basketball action.

The Pioneers are 13-4 so far on the season, and 9-6 ATS vs. the number. The Hilltoppers, meanwhile, are 5-13 and 5-12 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Denver go 10-5 and the Hilltoppers go 7-9-1 on the totals.

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Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had the Pioneers installed as 16-point favorites in this particular matchup

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 249-rated Western Kentucky taking on the No. 201-rated Pioneers in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 71-58 win for the Pioneers on Sunday.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Denver's No. 204-ranked scoring average of 67 PPG, against a Hilltoppers defense rated No. 234 and allowing 69.4 PPG. The Pioneers FG% has averaged 48.7% to date this season, more than the Hilltoppers shooters have managed so far (37.8% per game).

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Western Kentucky owns the country's No. 217-rated mark, allowing 72.7 points per game on the highway. Denver, on the other hand, rates No. 247 in scoring at home.

Western Kentucky was an 84-67 loser in their most recent outing on the road against North Texas. They failed to cover the 7-point spread as underdogs. The Hilltoppers endured an 84-67 loss at the hands of the Mean Green on Thursday, despite a 20-point effort from Derrick Gordon at The Super Pit.

Denver was a 79-75 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Colorado State. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as underdogs. Brian Stafford scored 24 points in a futile effort to lead the Pioneers to a win (they lost 79-75 to Colorado State at Moby Arena on Wednesday).

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Arkansas-Little Rock are 9-1
After playing North Texas are 8-2
After a loss are 3-7

Denver Pioneers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing Louisiana-Monroe are 4-6
After playing Colorado State are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

A few Hilltoppers at Pioneers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Western Kentucky's last 5 games when playing on the road against Denver
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Western Kentucky's last 6 games on the road
Western Kentucky is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Western Kentucky is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Denver
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Denver's last 6 games at home
Denver is 17-4 SU in its last 21 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Denver's last 5 games when playing at home against Western Kentucky
Denver is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games

Next up:
Western Kentucky home to Arkansas-Little Rock, Saturday, January 21
Denver at Louisiana-Monroe, Thursday, January 19

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