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Montana vs. Idaho - 2/7/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Idaho at Montana
Date & Time Thursday February 7, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
Dahlberg Arena
Missoula, Montana
The Line
The Line: Montana -21 -- Over/Under: 138.5
TV Channel
Pluto
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The Idaho Vandals and Montana Grizzlies meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Dahlberg Arena.

The Idaho Vandals could use a win to snap a seven-game losing streak. The Idaho Vandals are averaging 66.3 points on 43 percent shooting and allowing 76.8 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Trevon Allen is averaging 14.2 points and 2.9 assists while Cameron Tyson is averaging 13.4 points and two rebounds. Jared Rodriguez is the third double-digit scorer and Scott Blakney is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The Idaho Vandals are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 69.9 percent from the free throw line. The Idaho Vandals are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.5 rebounds per game. The Idaho Vandals have lost their last five road games.

The Montana Grizzlies look to stay hot while building on their five-game winning streak. The Montana Grizzlies are averaging 75.6 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 69.8 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Ahmaad Rorie is averaging 16.2 points and 3.5 assists while Jamar Akoh is averaging 16 points and 9.1 rebounds. Michael Oguine is the third double-digit scorer and Sayeed Pridgett is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Montana Grizzlies are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 68.6 percent from the free throw line. The Montana Grizzlies are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.9 rebounds per game. The Montana Grizzlies have won seven of their last eight home games.

The Vandals are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 vs. Big Sky, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 6-20 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Grizzlies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Big Sky and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The over is 8-3 in Grizzlies last 11 overall. The under is 5-1 in Vandals last 6 overall.

The Montana Grizzlies beat Idaho by 18 points on the road a few weeks ago and enters this contest outscoring teams by an average of 13 points during their five-game winning streak. The Idaho Vandals have lost seven straight, are losing by an average of 15.8 points in their last five games and an average 12.4 points on the road. There's good reason why Montana is a big favorite in this contest. However, Montana is just 5-9 ATS this season as a favorite and is 1-5 ATS at home. Sometimes these good teams in subpar conferences can be just a bit overvalued. I'll take my chances with Idaho and the free buckets.

Pick:
Montana -21

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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