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North Dakota vs. Montana - 2/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Montana Grizzlies (12-10) at North Dakota Sioux (8-14)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Betty Engelstad Sioux Center)

The Line: North Dakota Sioux +5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Montana Grizzlies and North Dakota meet Thursday at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.

The Montana Grizzlies hope to keep things going after winning five of their last seven games. On the season, Montana is averaging 68.8 points on 45.6 percent shooting and is allowing 66.8 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Martin Breunig is averaging 16.9 points and 6.8 rebounds while Jordan Gregory is averaging 16.5 points and 3.1 assists. Mario Dunn is dishing four assists and Brandon Gfeller is shooting 43 percent from the field. The Montana Grizzlies have five players averaging at least 8.4 points, and they’re shooting 70.3 percent from the line and 38.3 percent from deep. Defensively, Montana is allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and has given up 57 or less points in six of its last eight games.

North Dakota vs. Montana - 2/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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North Dakota could use a big win after splitting its last six games. On the season, North Dakota is averaging 65.7 points on 42.7 percent shooting and is allowing 75.4 points on 47.7 percent shooting. Jaron Nash is averaging 12.2 points and 6.7 rebounds while Estan Tyler is averaging 11.6 points and 2.3 assists. Quinton Hooker is the third double-digit scorer and Terrel de Rouen is dishing 2.3 assists. North Dakota has five players averaging at least 7.6 points, and its shooting 67.3 percent from the line and 32.2 percent from deep. Defensively, North Dakota is allowing 38.2 percent shooting from deep and has given up 85 or more points in three of its last five games.

The Grizzlies are 4-13-1 ATS in their last 18 games following a ATS win and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. North Dakota is 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games. The Grizzlies are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

Montana has owned the series ATS as of late and is playing far better basketball than North Dakota. While winning in North Dakota isn't easy, the Grizzlies should cover the reasonable number. However, there are better bets on the board today.

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