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Montana State vs Northern Colorado Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 5th Betting Odds
Bobcats vs Bears Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Montana State Bobcats at Northern Colorado Bears
- Where: Greeley at Bank of Colorado Arena
- Date: Thursday, January 5th
- Betting Odds: Montana State -2.5, MONST -146 | NCOL +119 O/U 148.5
Montana State heads into this matchup having played 15 games and have an overall record sitting at 8-7. On the road, the Bobcats will be playing their 8th game of the season, having gone 3-5. So far, the Bobcats have been favored 6 times, going 4-2 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Montana State as -2.5 point favorites.
Montana State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Raequan Battle who is averaging 16.67 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 gameplan is the play of Jubrile Belo who has hit 63.7% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.73 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 Colorado will take the floor against the Bobcats with an overall record of 5-9. So far this season, Northern Colorado has played 6 games at home, sitting with a record of 3-3. For the season, Northern Colorado has been the underdog in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 1-5. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Bears being +2.5 point underdogs.
Northern Colorado will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Dalton Knecht who is averaging 18.93 points per game for the Bears. Knecht 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 Bears’ offensive gameplan is the play of Daylen Kountz who has hit 41.5% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 17.86 points per game.
Through 14 games, Northern Colorado has been playing well on offense, averaging 78.2 points per game. Even though the team has been methodical with their pace, the Bears’ shooters have been hot from outside, hitting 38.2% of their shots per game. This strong shooting percentage has equated to an average of 10.23 made 3’s per contest.
Free Spread Prediction: Northern Colorado Bears +2.5
Heading into this matchup between the Montana State Bobcats and Northern Colorado Bears we have a strong lean on taking the points with Northern Colorado at +2.5. Both team’s are going to come into this game looking to get up looks from outside, as they are both average team’s in terms of 3-pointers made per game. Look for Northern Colorado to benefit from facing another squad looking to turn this into a 3-point shooting contest. When looking at the line, we see tremendous value in taking the Northern Colorado Bears at +2.5. Go ahead and lock this bet in before tip-off.
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