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Northern Arizona vs. Montana State - 12/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Montana State Bobcats (8-6) at Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (3-11)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Walkup Skydome)

The Line: Northern Arizona Lumberjacks +6.5 -- Over/Under: 152 See the Latest Odds


Out at Walkup Skydome on Saturday, the Montana State Bobcats and the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks will meet up in college basketball activity. 

The Bobcats sit at 8-6 on the year so far. Montana State is 2-1 in their last three games, taking out Denver and Southern Utah in that time. In the Southern Utah game, the Bobcats’ lead scorer was Tyler Hall with 36 points. 

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Northern Arizona vs. Montana State - 12/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction


Hall is also the leading Montana State scorer on the season, averaging 18.7 PPG. Harald Frey is the only other Bobcats player averaging in double-digits (15.9 PPG), but Kelvin Blevins is close on 9.2 PPG. 

Over on the Northern Arizona side, they’re 3-11 on the season. The Lumberjacks managed a win over Jacksonville last Wednesday but then fell to Montana in their last game. In that one, Lumberjacks guard Jojo Anderson put up 31 points. 

Anderson leads the way in scoring average for Northern Arizona so far with 14.4 PPG. He’s the only Lumberjack in double-digits but Chris Bowling (8.9 PPG) and Torry Johnson (8.5 PPG) are reasonably close. 

The Bobcats are 7-15-1 ATS in their last 23 games overall and 17-39-1 ATS in their last 57 games following an ATS win. Montana State is also 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 versus Big Sky and 2-6-1 ATS in their last nine Saturday games. 

Meanwhile, the Lumberjacks are 4-0-1 ATS in their last five following an ATS loss and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five following a straight-up loss. Northern Arizona is also 1-4 ATS in their last five Saturday games and 0-4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. 

Montana State has some decent secondary scoring on their roster, but they’re giving up a boatload of points lately. The Bobcats have surrendered at least 84 in three of their last four games. That said, I don’t think the Lumberjacks have enough juice to keep up here, so I’ll take Montana State to cover.

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