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NCAA Basketball betting line favors Grizzlies over Lumberjacks

Northern Arizona LumberjacksMontana Grizzlies
3-8January 02, 2014, 09:00 | Dahlberg Arena5-4

The Montana Grizzlies will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks at Dahlberg Arena on Thursday in NCAA hoops play.

The Grizzlies sport a record of 5-4 and 2-3 ATS heading into this battle, while the Lumberjacks have 3-8 and 3-6 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 1-1 for the Grizzlies and 2-6 for the Lumberjacks.

View Northern Arizona Lumberjacks vs Montana Grizzlies Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Grizzlies installed as -12-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 233-rated Grizzlies and the No. 296-ranked Lumberjacks, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Montana won its last outing, a 72-71 result against Idaho on December 28. Kareem Jamar scored 26 points for Montana on Saturday, leading the Grizzlies to a 72-71 win over Idaho at Cowan Spectrum.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Montana has the nation's No. 155-rated offensive output, at 72.67 PPG. The visiting Lumberjacks defense ranks No. 175 allowing on average 71.73 PPG. The Grizzlies FG% has averaged 48.72% so far, more than the Lumberjacks marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.52% per game.

A few Lumberjacks at Grizzlies trends to consider:
Northern Arizona is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Northern Arizona is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Northern Arizona is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Northern Arizona's last 5 games on the road
Montana is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Montana is 15-1 SU in its last 16 games at home
Montana is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Northern Arizona
Montana is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games when playing Northern Arizona

Next up:
Northern Arizona at Montana State, Saturday, January 4th
Montana at Sacramento State, Saturday, January 4th