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Montana State vs Montana Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 21st Betting Odds

Bobcats vs Grizzlies Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Montana State Bobcats at Montana Grizzlies
  • Where: Missoula at Dahlberg Arena
  • Date: Saturday, January 21st
  • Betting Odds: Montana State +1, MONST -110 | MONT -110 O/U 135.0

Bobcats Preview:

Montana State will take the floor against the Grizzlies with an overall record of 12-8. So far, the Bobcats have played 11 games on the road, with a record of 5-6. For the season, Montana State has been the underdog in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 2-5. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Bobcats being +1 point underdogs.

Montana State’s leading scorer this season is Raequan Battle, who is averaging 16.2 points per contest. So far, Battle has accounted for 21.41% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.1 rebounds per game and 1.0 assists. Jubrile Belo is the second leading scorer for the Bobcats, averaging 13.25 points per game. Between him and Belo, they are accounting for 38.9% of the team’s scoring.

So far this season, Montana State has put together a strong scoring offense at 77.0 points per game (52nd). This strong figure has come despite the Bobcats playing at a slow tempo compared to other schools. For the season, they have hit 36.9% of their shots from outside, which is closer to the NCAA average. Montana State’s overall field goal percentage currently sits at 47.5%

Grizzlies Preview:

Through 19 games, the Montana Grizzlies have an overall record of 9-10. So far this season, Montana has played 10 games at home, sitting with a record of 7-3. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Grizzlies as the -1 point favorites. The Grizzlies have been favored 10 times, going 6-4 straight up.

Josh Bannan comes into today’s game as the Grizzlies’ leading scorer at 16.32 points per contest. Not only has Bannan been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Montana’s top rebounder at 8.58 boards per contest. Behind Bannan, the team has benefited from the strong play of Dischon Thomas, who is second on the team in scoring at 12.32 points per game. Overall, he has hit 45.0% of his shots and is adding 5.16 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 -1

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 -1 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 Bobcats’ defense. At -1 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Grizzlies to come out on top and cover.


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