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Montana vs Idaho State Pick & Preview: Thursday, February 9th Betting Odds
Grizzlies vs Bengals Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Montana Grizzlies at Idaho State Bengals
- Where: Pocatello at Reed Gym
- Date: Thursday, February 9th
- Betting Odds: Montana -3, MONT -159 | IDHST +131 O/U 133.5
Montana will take the floor against the Bengals with an overall record of 12-12. So far, the Grizzlies have played 11 games on the road, with a record of 3-8. This season, Montana has been favored to win in 12 games, sitting with a mark of 8-4. For today’s contest, Montana has a betting line set -3 points in their favor.
Josh Bannan comes into today’s game as the Grizzlies’ leading scorer at 15.29 points per contest. Not only has Bannan been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Montana’s top rebounder at 8.46 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 15.35 points per game. Overall, he has hit 43.6% of his shots and is adding 3.05 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.
Heading into today’s matchup vs Montana, the Idaho State Bengals will be taking the floor for the 25th time this season and have an overall record of 9-15. Currently, the Bengals have been the home team 11 times, sitting with a record of 5-6. So far, the Bengals have been the underdog 18 times, going 7-11 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +3 underdogs on the spread.
Idaho State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Brock Mackenzie who is averaging 12.75 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 40.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.92 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.
Free Spread Prediction: Idaho State Bengals +3
In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a home underdog. Coming into the game, the Montana Grizzlies are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -3. However, we anticipate Idaho State putting up a strong fight and benefiting from playing at home and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Grizzlies as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Bengals to cover.