Looking to win big? The Bison and Pioneers face off at 4:00 ET on Summ. The Pioneers are hosting the game at Hamilton Gymnasium in Denver, CO. The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 156.5 points, and Denver is favored by -2.5 to win at home against North Dakota State.


The Pick: Denver Pioneers -2.5

This game will be played at Hamilton Gymnasium at 4:00 ET on Saturday, February 17th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 77-69 in favor of the Pioneers.
  • Not only will Denver pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -2.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 156.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 146 points.

Can North Dakota State Deliver Being Underdogs on the Road?

North Dakota State will be the underdog in this one, as they have a record of 4-11 when not favored. They come into this game with a record of 13-13, and they have won three straight games. On the road this season, they have gone just 5-10, and their average scoring margin is -6.3.

In their last game, North Dakota State took down Oral Roberts by a score of 73-60. Over their last ten games on the road, they have gone 3-7, and their record away from home this season is 5-10.

North Dakota State’s ATS record this season is 9-14, including a mark of 6-9 vs. the spread on the road. As the underdog, the Bison are 5-10 vs. the spread this year and 4-6 in their last 10 games as the underdog. However, they have gone 3-0 ATS in their last three road games and 3-0 ATS in their last three games as the underdog.

Today’s over/under line of 156.5 is higher than the average over/under line in North Dakota State’s games this year (144.1). This season, their over/under record is 14-9 and their games have averaged 151.1 points. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total is 150 points.

In their previous game, the Bison’s offense finished with 73 points, which is right in line with their current average of 76.7 points per contest. Offensively, the Bison have a season long field goal percentage of 47%, which is 75th in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 44th in percentage and 126th in three-pointers made.

At present, the Bison’s defense is nationally ranked 232nd, allowing 74.5 points per game. North Dakota State’s three-point defense is currently 91st in the country at 6.5 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 42.0% of their shots vs. North Dakota State.

Are the Pioneers Ready for a Home Win?

Denver will be looking to snap a four-game losing streak on their home floor tonight, as they come in as 2.5-point favorites against North Dakota State. On the season, the Pioneers have gone 5-3 at home, compared to 5-10 on the road.

Through 27 games, Denver has an overall record of 14-13, including a 5-7 mark in Summit League play. Over their last 10 games at home, the Pioneers have gone an impressive 7-3.

Denver’s ATS record this season is 10-12-1, including a mark of 4-4 at home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Pioneers are just 4-6 vs. the spread. In their last three home games, Denver is 1-2 ATS.

Denver’s over/under record this season is 18-5 and today’s line of 156.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (155.6). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 173 points and their over/under record in their last 10 games is 8-2.

Compared to their season average of 84.7 points per game, Denver struggled in their previous game. Against North Dakota, the Pioneers scored 78 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 45.3%. The team’s top scorer is Tommy Bruner, who enters today’s matchup with an average of 24.7, while Touko Tainamo also carries a PPG average of 17 into the game.

Coming into today’s game, the Denver defense is giving up an average of 81.6 points per contest. In their previous game vs. North Dakota, the Fighting Hawks finished with a field goal percentage of 45% and a total of 92 points vs. Denver.