Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Grizzlies versus the Bengals? Tip off is at at 6:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Holt Arena in Pocatello, ID. The Grizzlies come into this Big Sky conference matchup as the betting favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 140.5 points.

MONTANA GRIZZLIES VS IDAHO STATE BENGALS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Idaho State Bengals +5

This game will be played at Holt Arena at 6:00 ET on Saturday, December 30th.

WHY BET THE IDAHO STATE BENGALS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-67 in favor of the Bengals.
  • Not only will Idaho State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 140.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 141 points.

Will the Grizzlies Defense Show Up in Pocatello?

Montana has a 7-5 record this season and will be playing their 13th game. In their last ten road games, which includes games from last year, Montana is 5-5. As we analyze Montana's performance against the spread, they come into today's game with a 6-3 record. In their last ten games this season, Montana has covered the spread in 2 out of 3 matchups.

Through 12 games, Montana has an over/under record of 4-5-0 with their games averaging a combined 141.8 points per game so far. The Grizzlies have seen their last five games conclude with a collective average of 152 points per game and an over/under record of 2-1.

In their most recent game, the Montana offense concluded with only 63 points against Weber State. Throughout the game, they made 3/20 three-point attempts and had a field goal percentage of 37.9%. The team's top scorer is Aanen Moody, who enters today's matchup with an average of 15, while Money Williams also carries a PPG average of 14.3 into the game.

In terms of defense, Montana is currently on par with the NCAA average for points allowed, giving up an average of 71.2 points per game. In their most recent game, the Montana defense struggled to defend the three-point line, as Weber State knocked down 9 three-pointers on their way to 93 points.

Can Idaho State Pull Out the Win as Home Underdogs?

As of the most recent game, the Bengals are 4-8. They recently lost to Montana State by a score of 74-66. In their last five home games, Idaho State has gone 4-1, which includes games from last year. As of now, Idaho State's ATS record is 3-7 heading into today's game. Looking at their last five games, the team has gone 0-5 vs. the spread.

Looking at their over/under performance through 12 games, Idaho State has an over/under record of 6-2-2, with their games averaging 135.5 points per game on average. When looking at the Bengals' last three games, their over/under record is 3-0, with their games averaging 142 points per game.

In their recent matchup, the Idaho State offense ended with 66 points against Montana State. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 47.9% and made 6 threes. Brayden Parker is leading the team in scoring at 12.8 points per contest. Kiree Huie has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 12.2 going into the game.

This season, the Idaho State defense has been impressive, holding the 73rd position in the country while permitting an average of 66.8 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Idaho State's defense has allowed opponents to shoot 40.1% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 24.5% this season.