Montana favored by 11 against Eastern Washington on Thursday

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Jan 3, 9:00 PM | Dahlberg Arena

Eastern Washington Eagles vs Montana Grizzlies Odds

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Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Dahlberg Arena Thursday as host Montana looks to handle the Eastern Washington Eagles in NCAA hoops action.

Montana will face the 3-9 Eagles, who own a 2-7-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Grizzlies are 1-3-1 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Eagles are 1-5 favoring the OVER.

View Eastern Washington vs Montana Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Montana opened as 11-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Grizzlies sit at No. 184 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Eagles sit at No. 285 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Grizzlies will win this game 73-62.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Montana has the nation's No. 184-rated offensive output, at 67.6 PPG. The visiting Eagles defense ranks No. 343 allowing on average 80 PPG. The Grizzlies FG% has averaged 45.4% so far, more than the Eagles marksmen have achieved on the year, 38.7% per game.

Defensively, Eastern Washington features the nation's No. 347-rated defense on the road, allowing 88.5 points per game. Montana, meanwhile, comes in at No. 150 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Eastern Washington, they were a 57-54 winner as they battled Idaho State at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 5.5-point favorite. The Eagles grabbed a 57-54 win over the Bengals on Saturday, behind a 13-point effort from Venky Jois at Reese Court.

In their last action, Montana was a 61-60 winner on the road against Sacramento State. They earned a push of the 1-point spread as favorites. Mathias Ward scored 16 points leading the Grizzlies to a 61-60 victory over Sacramento State at Colberg Court on Friday.

Eastern Washington Eagles Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Montana State are 1-9
After playing Idaho State are 2-8
After a win are 3-7

Montana Grizzlies Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Portland State are 8-2
After playing Sacramento State are 5-5
After a win are 7-3

A few Eagles at Grizzlies trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Eastern Washington's last 7 games when playing on the road against Montana
Eastern Washington is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Montana
Eastern Washington is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Eastern Washington is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Montana
Montana is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Eastern Washington
Montana is 15-1 SU in its last 16 games at home
Montana is 16-3 SU in its last 19 games when playing Eastern Washington
Montana is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games

Next up:
Eastern Washington at Montana State, Saturday, January 5
Montana home to Portland State, Saturday, January 5

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