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Montana vs. North Dakota - 1/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

North Dakota Fighting Hawks (4-9) at Montana Grizzlies (9-5)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Dahlberg Arena)

The Line: Montana Grizzlies -15 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: PLUTO.TV

Headed our way from Dahlberg Arena on Thursday, the North Dakota Fighting Hawks and the Montana Grizzlies will be meeting up in college basketball activity. 

North Dakota comes into this one at 4-9 overall. The Hawks have lost their last six games, with the most recent defeat coming against Eastern Washington. In that one, North Dakota was led by forward Dale Jones with 20 points. 

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Montana vs. North Dakota - 1/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Leading the way in scoring for North Dakota is Geno Crandall with 16.6 PPG, while Marlon Stewart is second on 13.6 PPG. Also in the double-digit club for the Hawks are Conner Avants (10.9 PPG), Jones (10.8 PPG) and Cortez Seales (10.3 PPG). 

Montana is entering this game with a 9-5 record this season. The Grizzlies have won four of their last five games, most recently against Southern Utah. In that one, Montana guard Ahmaad Rorie put up 20 points. 

Rorie leads the Grizzlies in scoring average this year with 18.4 PG, and Michael Oguine is second with 14.1 PPG. Jamar Akoh is the only other Grizzlies player averaging in double-figures right now with 12.4 PPG and 6.5 RPG. 

The Hawks are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five Thursday games and 13-6-1 ATS in the last 20 versus Big Sky. North Dakota is also 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS loss and 1-7 ATS in their last eight games overall. 

Meanwhile, the Grizzlies are 6-0 ATS in their last six following an ATS win and 7-0 ATS in their last seven overall. Montana is also 4-1 ATS in their last five versus Big Sky and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 Thursday games. 

This has been a tough six-game stretch for North Dakota, and although they’ve got a genuinely good group of players this year they’re struggling on both sides of the ball. The Hawks have hit 70 points just twice in the last six games, and allowed at least 88 four times. Montana seems a little more reliable now, but with all that scoring on the roster I can’t resist taking North Dakota.

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