Planning on watching today’s Pioneers and Fighting Hawks game? Catch the action at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center in Grand Forks, ND, as the Fighting Hawks hosts this showdown at 1:00 ET on Summ. The over/under goal line for this matchup is currently at 155.5 points, and the Fighting Hawks are favored to win at home against the Pioneers.
DENVER PIONEERS VS NORTH DAKOTA FIGHTING HAWKS BETTING PICK
The Pick: North Dakota Fighting Hawks -1.5
This game will be played at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center at 1:00 ET on Saturday, January 20th.
WHY BET THE NORTH DAKOTA FIGHTING HAWKS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 79-65 in favor of the Fighting Hawks.
- Not only will North Dakota pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -1.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 155.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.
Is A Road Victory Likely for Underdog Denver?
Denver comes into this game as a 1.5-point underdog, and they have gone 4-6 as the underdog this season. For the year, the Pioneers are 12-7, and they have won two straight games.
On the road, Denver has gone 5-6 this season, and their average scoring margin is -0.6 points per game. In their last game, the Pioneers beat North Dakota State by a score of 78-70.
As the underdog, Denver has been solid vs. the spread this season, going 6-3-1. On the road, the Pioneers have an ATS mark of 6-4-1 and have gone 2-0-1 in their last three road games vs. the spread. Overall, Denver’s ATS record for the year is 9-5-1.
Denver’s over/under record this season is 11-4 and today’s line of 155.5 is similar to the average over/under line in their games (154.3). So far, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 164 points.
In their latest game, Denver offense put up 78 points against North Dakota State. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 53.6% and made 7 threes. For the season, the Denver offense has been one of the more efficient shooting teams in the NCAA with a field goal percentage of 46%. So far, they have hit 51% of their looks from inside the arc, and are averaging 8.4 made three’s per contest.
The Pioneers’ defense is presently ranked 281st nationally, allowing an average of 78.0 points per contest. In their previous game vs. North Dakota State, the Bison finished with a field goal percentage of 43% and a total of 70 points vs. Denver.
Is It the Fighting Hawks Game to Lose at Home?
North Dakota will be looking to extend their two-game win streak and improve upon their 4-3 home record when they face Denver. So far, they have gone 10-10 overall and 2-3 in Summit League play.
On the season, the Fighting Hawks have been the favorite in five games, going 3-2 in those matchups. Through 20 games, their average scoring margin is -2.1 points per game at home.
North Dakota’s ATS record this season is currently 7-10. When looking at their ATS record as the favorite, it is only 1-4 this year. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Fighting Hawks have gone just 4-6 vs. the spread.
North Dakota’s over/under record this season is 7-8-2, and the average scoring total in their games is 147.1 points. So far, 13 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s line of 155.5. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 151 points, and their OU record over their last five games is 4-1.
In their latest game, North Dakota offense put up 87 points against Oral Roberts. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 48.4% and made 7 threes. One area that the North Dakota offense has been good this season is getting to the line. Currently, they are 175th in free-throw attempts per contest. Overall, they have a field goal percentage of 43%.
The Fighting Hawks’ defense is presently ranked 175th nationally, allowing an average of 72.4 points per contest. The North Dakota defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 77 points and allowed Oral Roberts to connect on 7 threes.