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Montana State vs Northern Arizona Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 7th Betting Odds
Bobcats vs Lumberjacks Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Montana State Bobcats at Northern Arizona Lumberjacks
- Where: Flagstaff at J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome
- Date: Saturday, January 7th
- Betting Odds: Montana State -6, MONST -272 | NARZ +217 O/U 138.5
The Montana State Bobcats head into today’s game in what will be their 17th game of the season, posting a record of 9-7. So far, the Bobcats have played 9 games on the road, with a record of 4-5. This season, Montana State has been favored to win in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 5-2. For today’s contest, Montana State has a betting line set -6 points in their favor.
Montana State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Raequan Battle who is averaging 16.06 points per game for the Bobcats. Battle 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 Bobcats’ offensive game plan is the play of Jubrile Belo who has hit 64.8% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.0 points per game.
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%
Northern Arizona will take the floor against the Bobcats with an overall record of 5-11. Currently, the Lumberjacks have been the home team 6 times, sitting with a record of 4-2. So far, the Lumberjacks have been the underdog 12 times, going 3-9 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +6 underdogs on the spread.
Northern Arizona will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Jalen Cone who is averaging 17.75 points per game for the Lumberjacks. Cone 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 Lumberjacks’ offensive game plan is the play of Xavier Fuller who has hit 42.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 9.56 points per game.
Coming into today’s game, Northern Arizona will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Lumberjacks are ranked 311th at 67.5 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 405th ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, Northern Arizona is close to the NCAA average at 35.6%.
Free Spread Prediction: Montana State Bobcats -6
Heading into this matchup, with the Montana State Bobcats sitting as -6 point favorites, we like them to pick up the win and cover the spread. Both team’s will be coming into the game looking to get up shots from outside, as Montana State and Northern Arizona are averaging 7.65 and 8.66 made 3’s per game, respectively. One trend that we feel strongly about is the fact that Montana State has historically performed well against the spread on the road, going 6-4 ATS (last 10). Before tonight’s matchup, we recommend getting a wager down on the Bobcats to cover at -6.