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Idaho State vs Montana Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 14th Betting Odds
Bengals vs Grizzlies Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Idaho State Bengals at Montana Grizzlies
- Where: Missoula at Dahlberg Arena
- Date: Saturday, January 14th
- Betting Odds: Idaho State +7, IDHST +247 | MONT -315 O/U 134.5
Idaho State will take the floor against the Grizzlies with an overall record of 6-11. So far, the Bengals have played 9 games on the road, with a record of 2-7. For the season, Idaho State has been the underdog in 12 games, sitting with a mark of 4-8. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Bengals being +7 point underdogs.
Idaho State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Brock Mackenzie who is averaging 13.47 points per game for the Bengals. Mackenzie is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Bengals’ offensive game plan is the play of Miguel Tomley who has hit 39.5% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.71 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Idaho State this season, as they are currently ranked 397th in college basketball at 64.4 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Bengals’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.0%, placing them 417th in the NCAA.
Montana heads into this matchup having played 17 games and have an overall record sitting at 8-9. Currently, the Grizzlies have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 6-3. The Grizzlies’ are sitting with a betting line that is -7 points in their favor. For the season, Montana has been favored to win in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 5-4.
Josh Bannan comes into today’s game as the Grizzlies’ leading scorer at 16.65 points per contest. Not only has Bannan been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Montana’s top rebounder at 8.29 boards per contest. Behind Bannan, the team has benefited from the strong play of Aanen Moody, who is second on the team in scoring at 14.43 points per game. Overall, he has hit 42.0% of his shots and is adding 2.86 boards per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Montana this season, as they are currently ranked 167th in college basketball at 72.2 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Grizzlies’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.9%, placing them 190th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Montana Grizzlies -7
Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Montana Grizzlies to pick up the win and cover the spread as -7 point betting favorites. Although Montana as a team is just 133rd in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Bengals’ defense. At -7 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Grizzlies to come out on top and cover.