NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Mavericks underdogs vs Pioneers at Denver
Texas-Arlington Mavericks vs Denver Pioneers Odds
The Denver Pioneers will try to pay off for their supporters on Thursday when they play host to the Texas-Arlington Mavericks at Magness Arena in NCAA basketball action.
Denver battles the Mavericks, currently sitting with a 17-10 mark (12-10-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 13-10 for the Pioneers and 8-13 for the Mavericks.
If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Mavericks were listed as 11-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 149-ranked Pioneers and the No. 51-rated Mavericks in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 70-64 win for the Pioneers on Thursday.
How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Denver's No. 256-ranked scoring average of 64.2 PPG, against a Mavericks defense rated No. 44 and allowing 60.7 PPG. The Pioneers FG% has averaged 47.8% to date this season, more than the Mavericks shooters have managed so far (40.6% per game).
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Texas-Arlington owns the country's No. 41-rated mark, allowing 62.9 points per game on the highway. Denver, on the other hand, rates No. 210 in scoring at home.
Texas-Arlington was a 61-46 winner in their most recent outing at home against Utah State. They covered the 2.5-point spread as favorites. The Mavericks got 21 points from Kevin Butler as Texas-Arlington ran past Utah State 61-46 on Saturday at College Park Center.
In their last action, Denver was a 66-60 winner at home against New Mexico State. They failed to cover the 9-point spread as favorites. The Pioneers grabbed a 66-60 win over the Aggies on Saturday, behind a 14-point effort from Royce O'Neale at Magness Arena.
Texas-Arlington Mavericks Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing New Mexico State are 1-3
After playing Utah State are 2-0
After a win are 7-3
Denver Pioneers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Louisiana Tech are 1-3
After playing New Mexico State are 4-6
After a win are 9-1
A few Mavericks at Pioneers trends to consider:
Texas-Arlington is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Denver is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Denver is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Denver's last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Denver's last 6 games at home
Texas-Arlington at New Mexico State, Saturday, March 9
Denver home to Louisiana Tech, Saturday, March 9