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Northern Arizona vs. Montana State - 12/31/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Montana State Bobcats (4-7) at Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (2-9)
Date & Time Monday December 31, 2018, 2:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Northern Arizona Lumberjacks -1.5 -- Over/Under: 159
TV Channel
PLUTO
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NCAA BB | Montana State Bobcats (4-7) at Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (2-9)
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The Montana State Bobcats will travel to the J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome to take on the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks this Monday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Montana State improved to 4-7 (1-0 Big Sky) on the season after defeating the Southern Utah Thunderbirds, 92-62, this past Saturday. Montana State was outstanding on the offensive end agianst the Thunderbirds and had no trouble securing the victory after the Bobcats went into halftime with a 46-30 lead. Montana State shot 50.0% from both the field and beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bobcats was Devin Kirby who had a double-double with 13 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocks.

On the season, Montana State is averaging 72.7 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Bobcats are averaging 9.2 three-pointers per game on 35.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Montana State has been led by Tyler Hall (19.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.1 spg), Harald Frey (12.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.5 apg), Ladan Ricketts (11.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg), and Keljin Blevins (10.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.2 apg).

Defensively, Montana State is allowing their opponents to average 81.9 ppg on 49.3% shooting from the field. The Bobcats have a rebound margin of 0.7 and a turnover margin of -3.0.

The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks lost their 8th straight game and dropped to 29 (0-1 Big Sky) on the season after being defeated by the Montana Grizzlies, 86-73, this past Saturday. Northern Arizona led by a 41-40 margin at halftime, however, struggled defensively in the 2nd half and couldn’t fight back after Montana took a 74-60 lead with 7:25 left in regulation. Northern Arizona shot just 37.1% from the field while allowing the Grizzlies to shoot 54.2% from the field. Leading the way for the Lumberjacks was Carlos Hines who had 22 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound, and 2 steals.

On the season, Northern Arizona is averaging 72.1 ppg on 42.5% shooting from the field. The Lumberjacks are averaging 8.4 three-pointers per game on 34.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northern Arizona has been led by Carlos Hines (13.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.6 spg), Bernie Andre (12.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.0 apg), Ted McCree (11.1 ppg, 2.0 rpg), and Davon Bolton (9.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.1 apg).

Defensively, Northern Arizona is allowing their opponents to average 81.1 ppg on 49.1% shooting from the field. The Lumberjacks have a rebound margin of -4.6 and a turnover margin of -2.2.

The Bobcats are 20-47-1 ATS in their last 68 games following an ATS win and just 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 games after scoring more than 90 points in their previous game. The Lumberjacks are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss.

This is not going to be one of the more exciting games to watch on Monday afternoon as both Montana State and Northern Arizona have struggled this season. Montana State has one of the better Big Sky players in Tyler Hall, however, their defense has been awful this season as they rank just 338th in scoring defense & 343rd in defensive FG%. Northern Arizona has also struggled defensively as they rank just 328th in scoring defense and 340th in defensive FG%. I’m probably staying away from this game but if I had to pick a side, I’m taking Montana State as they have the best player on the floor in Tyler Hall and have been playing better as of late, winning 3 of their last 4 games.

Pick:
Montana State Bobcats -1.5

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