Looking to win big? The Vandals and Grizzlies face off at 9:00 ET on ESPN+. The Grizzlies are hosting the game at Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, MT. The over/under for this game is set at 141 points, and Montana is favored by -14 vs. Idaho in a Big Sky conference matchup.

IDAHO VANDALS VS MONTANA GRIZZLIES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Idaho Vandals +14

This game will be played at Dahlberg Arena at 9:00 ET on Thursday, February 1st.

WHY BET THE IDAHO VANDALS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Grizzlies.
  • Even though we have Montana winning straight-up, we like Idaho at +14.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 141 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Will Idaho Secure A Victory as Road Underdogs?

Idaho comes into this game on a seven-game losing streak, and they are 7-13 overall on the season. In Big Sky play, the Vandals have gone just 1-6, and they are 2-6 on the road.

So far this year, Idaho has been the underdog in 14 of their 20 games, and they have gone 2-12 in those games. Their average scoring margin on the road is -14.9, and they have lost their last four games away from home.

As the underdog this season, Idaho has gone just 3-11 vs. the spread, including an 0-3 mark in their last three games as the underdog. On the road, the Vandals are just 2-8 against the spread this year and just 1-4 in their last five road games vs. the spread.

Today's over/under line of 141 is identical to the average point total in Idaho's games this season. Their over/under record sits at 9-8-1, and over their last three games, the average scoring total is 148 points.

The Vandals' offense finished with 68 points in their previous game, mirroring their current average of 69 points per contest. Quinn Denker is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today's matchup with an average of 12.1. Meanwhile, Julius Mims also brings a PPG average of 11.5 into the game.

Currently, the Vandals' defense holds the 164th rank in the nation, allowing 71.8 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Idaho's defense has allowed opponents to shoot 44.0% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 35.9% this season.

Can Montana Pull Out the Win as Home Favorites?

Montana enters the game with a record of 14-7, including a 5-3 mark in Big Sky play. The Grizzlies have been much better at home this season, going 5-2 compared to 6-5 on the road.

For the season, Montana has been favored in 12 of its 21 games, going 9-3 in those matchups. The Grizzlies' average scoring margin at home is +13.1 points per game compared to -5.6 on the road.

Montana has an ATS record of 12-6 this season, including a mark of 5-2 at home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Grizzlies have gone 7-3 vs. the spread.

Today's over/under line of 141 for Montana's game against Idaho is right in line with the average over/under line in their games this season (142). So far, their over/under record is 8-10. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is just 131 points, which is well below today's line of 141. Over their last 10 games, the average scoring total is 150 points, and their OU record during that stretch is 5-5.

Compared to their season average of 77 points per game, Montana struggled in their previous game. Against Sacramento State, the Grizzlies scored 70 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 52.1%. The top scorer for the Grizzlies was Brandon Whitney with 17 points, while Josh Vazquez also chipped in with 15 points.

Coming into today's game, the Montana defense is giving up an average of 71.1 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Montana's defense has allowed opponents to shoot 39.4% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 29.5% this season.