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Montana vs Sacramento State Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 26th Betting Odds
Grizzlies vs Hornets Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Montana Grizzlies at Sacramento State Hornets
- Where: Sacramento at The Hornets Nest
- Date: Thursday, January 26th
- Betting Odds: Montana +1.5, MONT +104 | SACST -128 O/U 129.5
Through 20 games, the Montana Grizzlies have an overall record of 9-11. So far, the Grizzlies have played 9 games on the road, with a record of 2-7. For the season, Montana has been the underdog in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 2-7. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Grizzlies being +1.5 point underdogs.
Josh Bannan comes into today’s game as the Grizzlies’ leading scorer at 15.75 points per contest. Not only has Bannan been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Montana’s top rebounder at 8.5 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 12.4 points per game. Overall, he has hit 44.8% of his shots and is adding 5.0 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.
Through 20 games, the Sacramento State Hornets have an overall record of 11-9. Currently, the Hornets have been the home team 8 times, sitting with a record of 7-1. The Hornets’ are sitting with a betting line that is -1.5 points in their favor. For the season, Sacramento State has been favored to win in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 5-1.
Sacramento State’s leading scorer this season is Zach Chappell, who is averaging 15.3 points per contest. So far, Chappell has accounted for 22.72% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 2.8 rebounds per game and 1.9 assists. Callum McRae is the second leading scorer for the Hornets, averaging 11.7 points per game. Between him and McRae, they are accounting for 40.1% of the team’s scoring.
Coming into today’s game, Sacramento State will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Hornets are ranked 370th at 65.4 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 550th ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, Sacramento State is close to the NCAA average at 35.9%.
Free Spread Prediction: Montana Grizzlies +1.5
In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a road underdog. Coming into the game, the Sacramento State Hornets are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -1.5. However, we anticipate Montana putting up a strong fight and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Hornets as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Grizzlies to cover.