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College baskeball point spread favors Pioneers in battle with Thunderbirds

Southern Utah ThunderbirdsDenver Pioneers
Dec 21, 6:00 PM | Magness Arena

Southern Utah Thunderbirds vs Denver Pioneers Odds


Southern Utah travels to Denver on Friday, hoping to boost its 3-6 record with a victory over the Pioneers.

The Thunderbirds will try to spoil to the party on Friday; they are 2-5 ATS against the number this season, while the Pioneers are 1-6 ATS. Southern Utah is 1-2 on the totals; Denver is 3-2.

View Southern Utah vs Denver Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with Denver in this one found them as 16.5-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Pioneers, most recently No. 247 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Thunderbirds, who rate No. 284 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 68-57 victory for the Pioneers.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Denver's No. 285-ranked scoring average of 62.2 PPG, against a Thunderbirds defense rated No. 318 and allowing 75.3 PPG. The Pioneers FG% has averaged 44.1% to date this season, more than the Thunderbirds shooters have managed so far (43.4% per game).

Defensively, Southern Utah features the nation's No. 338-rated defense on the road, allowing 84.2 points per game. Denver, meanwhile, comes in at No. 276 nationally in scoring at home.

Southern Utah was a 79-67 winner in their most recent outing at home against North Dakota. They covered the 2.5-point spread as favorites. Jackson Stevenett scored 21 points and added 10 rebounds for a double-double, leading Southern Utah over North Dakota, 79-67, on Monday at Centrum Arena.

Denver lost its last outing, a 71-61 result against Wyoming on December 18. They failed to cover in that game as a 9-point underdog. Chris Udofia scored 26 points for Denver on Tuesday, but the Cowboys managed a 71-61 victory over the Pioneers at Arena-Auditorium.

Southern Utah Thunderbirds Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Northern Colorado are 0-1
After a win are 3-7

Denver Pioneers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Louisiana Tech are 0-3
After playing Wyoming are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

A few Thunderbirds at Pioneers trends to consider:
Southern Utah is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Southern Utah is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Denver is 18-5 SU in its last 23 games at home
Denver is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Southern Utah
Denver is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games

Next up:
Southern Utah home to Northern Colorado, Saturday, December 29
Denver at Louisiana Tech, Saturday, December 29