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Montana vs. Northern Arizona - 3/4/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Northern Arizona at Montana
Date & Time Monday March 4, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
Dahlberg Arena
Missoula, MT
The Line
Montana Grizzlies -15 -- O/U: 150.5
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NCAA BB | Northern Arizona at Montana
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The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks and the Montana Grizzlies meet in Big Sky college basketball action from the Dahlberg Arena on Monday night.

The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks will look to rebound from back-to-back losses and defeats in 6 of their last 8 games following an 84-73 loss to Montana State last time out. Luke Avdalovic led the Lumberjacks with 24 points on 8 of 12 shooting with 6 threes while Carlos Hines added 16 points with 4 threes. Cameron Shelton chipped in 14 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Northern Arizona in the win while Jonathan Andre added 4 points with a game-high 18 rebounds and a pair of steals. Despite the off-night offensively, Andre still leads Northern Arizona with an average of 13.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game while Hines leads the Lumberjacks in assists with 3.9 helpers per game this season. As a team, Northern Arizona is averaging 73.2 points per game on 43.3% shooting from the field, 33.9% from behind the 3-point line and 69.6% from the foul line this season.

The Montana Grizzlies will look to build on a 70-54 win over Southern Utah in their last outing. Sayeed Pridgett led Montana with 20 points on 8 of 12 shooting with 3 assists while Ahmaad Rorie chipped in 15 points and a team-high 6 assists. Michael Oguine added 14 points with 9 rebounds, a pair of steals and a pair of blocks to finish off the group of double-digit scorers for Montana in the win. Bobby Moorehead added 9 rebounds and a pair of blocks as well in the winning effort for the Grizzlies. Rorie leads Montana with an average of 15.4 points and 4 assists per game while Oguine leads the Grizzlies in rebounding with 5.5 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Montana is averaging 77.3 points per game on 49.3% shooting from the field, 38.3% from behind the arc and 68.4% from the foul line this season.

Northern Arizona is 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall while the under is 7-3 in their last 10 road games. Montana is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games and 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 games following a win. Northern Arizona is 0-4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

Getting this many points with Northern Arizona is tempting as Montana hasn’t been the kind of team to cover the number at home, going 3-8 ATS at home this season. However, the Grizzlies aready won the first meeting on the road by 13 points, and Northern Arizona has had issues when taking a step up in competition as of late, so I’ll lay the points with Montana in this one.

Pick:
Montana -15

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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