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North Dakota State vs. Missouri State - 12/4/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Missouri State Bears (7-2) at North Dakota State Bison (3-4)

College Basketball: Monday, December 4, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Scheels Center)

The Line: North Dakota State Bison +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: MDCO SN; KOZLZ27; NBC Sports - Chicago; ESPN College Extra

The Missouri State Bears will travel to the Scheels Center to take on the North Dakota State Bison this Monday night in College Basketball action.

The Missouri State Bears won their 5th straight game and improved to 7-2 on the season after defeating the South Dakota State Jackrabbits, 73-53, this past Saturday. Missouri State was once again outstanding on the defensive end and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 43-26 lead at halftime. Missouri State held South Dakota State to just 35.6% shooting from the field and 12.5% (3-24) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bears was Alize Johnson who had a double-double with 20 points, 14 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season, Missouri State is averaging 74.2 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field. The Bears are averaging 5.6 three-pointers per game on 30.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Missouri State has been led by Alize Johnson (13.7 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 2.4 apg), J.T. Miller (10.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.6 apg), Reggie Scurry (9.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg), and Obediah Church (7.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.3 bpg). Defensively, Missouri State is holding their opponents to an average of 62.4 ppg on 36.8% shooting from the field. The Bears have a rebound margin of 8.4 and a turnover margin of 0.6.

North Dakota State vs. Missouri State - 12/4/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The North Dakota State Bison lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 3-4 on the season after being defeated by the Mississippi State Bulldogs, 83-59, this past Thursday. North Dakota State had no answers for the Bulldogs, Tyson Carter, who put up 35 points and the Bison couldn’t fight back after falling behind by a 63-38 margin with 11:13 left in regulation. North Dakota State shot just 28.6% (10-35) from beyond the arc and was outrebounded by the Bulldogs by a 41-28 margin. Leading the way for the Bison was Paul Miller who had 19 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. On the season, North Dakota State is averaging 67.3 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Bison are averaging 9.0 three-pointers per game on 36.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, North Dakota State has been led by Paul Miller (14.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.0 spg), Tyson Ward (11.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.1 apg), Cameron Hunter (10.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.3 apg), and A.J. Jacobson (9.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.3 apg). Defensively, North Dakota State is allowing their opponents to average 67.9 ppg on 41.5% shooting from the field. The Bison have a rebound margin of -3.3 and a turnover margin of -3.3.

The Bears are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Bison are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record however, just 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall.

Missouri State has looked incredible during their 5-game winning streak and has been led by their defense that currently ranks T-29th in scoring defense, 16th in defensive FG%, and 32nd in rebound margin. North Dakota State has struggled on the offensive end this season as they rank just 308th in scoring offense, and although their defense just gave up 83 points, it’s been solid overall this season as the Bison rank 99th in scoring defense. North Dakota State best Missouri State on the road earlier in a close game, however, I just really like what I’m seeing from the Bears on the defensive end as of late and I think they get their revenge against the Bison and covers this small road spread. 

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