Eastern Washington vs. Montana - 1/10/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Montana at Eastern Washington
Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 9:05 PM (Reese Court)
Eastern Washington +7 -- Over/Under: 137
TV: SWX-Washington; PLUTO
The Montana Grizzlies will travel to Reese Court to take on the Eastern Washington Eagles this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Montana Grizzlies had their 4-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 10-5 (3-1 Big Sky) on the season after being defeated by the Portland State Vikings, 77-74 in OT, this past Saturday. Montana allowed Portland State to fight back from a 69-62 deficit with 2:16 left in regulation to force overtime and couldn’t force a 2nd OT after the Grizzlies missed multiple game typing three-point attempts at the end of OT. Montana shot just 39.0% from the field and 20.8% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Grizzlies was Jamar Akoh who had 14 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal.
On the season, Montana is averaging 75.3 ppg on 48.7% shooting from the field. The Grizzlies are averaging 8.3 three-pointers per game on 36.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Montana has been led by Jamar Akoh (16.6 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.5 spg), Ahmaad Rorie (15.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.0 spg), Michael Oguine (13.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.0 apg), and Sayeed Pridgett (11.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.5 spg).
Defensively, Montana is allowing their opponents to an average of 68.4 ppg on 41.9% shooting from the field. The Grizzlies have a rebound margin of 0.1 and a turnover margin of 1.8.
The Eastern Washington Eagles lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 3-12 (1-3 Big Sky) on the season after being defeated by the Northern Colorado Bears, 75-63, this past Monday. Eastern Washington struggled offensively and couldn’t fight back after Northern Colorado took a 45-26 halftime lead. Eastern Washington allowed Northern Colorado to shoot 52.1% from the field while the Eagles shot just 39.3% from the field and 30.8% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Eagles was Mason Peatling who had 19 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assits, 2 blocks, and 2 steals.
On the season, Eastern Washington is averaging 66.1 ppg on 38.9% shooting from the field. The Eagles are averaging 8.7 three-pointers per game on 30.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Eastern Washington has been led by Mason Peatling (16.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.2 bpg), Jesse Hunt (14.7 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 2.9 apg), Jacob Davison (9.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.1 spg), and Luka Vulikic (7.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.1 apg).
Defensively, Eastern Washington is allowing their opponents to average 76.8 ppg on 47.2% shooting from the field. The Eagles have a rebound margin of -4.5 and a turnover margin of 0.4.
The Grizzlies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a losing home record. The Eagles are 8-20 ATS in their last 28 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and 2-14 ATS in their last 16 games overall.
Montana has a disappointing loss at home vs. Portland State however, they have won 5 of their last 7 games and have been solid on both ends of the court as they rank 152nd in scoring offense, 31st in FG%, and 105th in scoring defense. Eastern Washington has struggled on both ends of the court this season as they rank just 323rd in scoring offense, 340th in FG%, and 289th in scoring defense.
Montana is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games and as I think their defense will have no trouble containing the Eastern Washington offense, I’m taking Montana to cover this mid-range spread on the road.