Montana at Gonzaga Free CBB Pick

Montana at Gonzaga Free CBB Pick

Last Updated: 2017-03-06

The No. 20 Gonzaga Bulldogs welcome the Montana Grizzlies to McCarthey Athletic Center. Action gets underway at 9:00 pm ET on Tuesday, Dec. 8 and will air on RT, EFC and ES3.

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The Bulldogs fell to Arizona 68-63 on Saturday. Kyle Wiltjer finished with 33 points to lead the game. The Grizzlies, meanwhile, are coming off an 82-50 win over San Francisco on Friday. Martin Breunig led the game in scoring by recording 24 points on 9-for-10 shooting.

This one isn’t expected to be close when Gonzaga, a heavy 18-point favorite, takes on Montana. The matchup has an estimated Over/Under (O/U) of 134 points.

For updated lines, check out BTB’s College Basketball Odds.

The Bulldogs have gone 5-2 Straight Up (SU) and 2-3-1 Against The Spread (ATS). Gonzaga has consistently been near the top of the nation in terms of field goal percentage, currently ranking 34th in the nation with a FG% of .488. The Bulldogs have a distinct advantage on the boards in this matchup. They are the 21st-ranked rebounding team in Division I, averaging 43.4 per game, while the Grizzlies rank 288th in the nation with 34.2 per game. Turning to the defensive side, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Bulldogs, who allow a field goal percentage of only .365. Montana has a habit of getting in foul trouble (22.5 fouls per game), so expect the Bulldogs to get a number of opportunities from the free throw line.

As for their opponent, the Grizzlies head into the game with records of 3-2 ATS and 3-3 SU. The Montana defense has been a problem for competitors, allowing only 5.0 field goals from three-point range per game.

This game will be the first meeting for Gonzaga and Montana in recent seasons.

Predictions: SU Winner – Gonz, ATS Winner – Gonz, O/U – Over

Notes

Montana is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Montana’s last 5 games on the road.

Montana is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Gonzaga.

Gonzaga is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games at home.

Gonzaga is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Montana.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs have a defensive rating of 86.2 (ranked 11th), while the Montana Grizzlies have an offensive rating of 103.2 (ranked 219th).

The Gonzaga Bulldogs average a field goal percentage of 48.8% this season. The Montana Grizzlies are a perfect 1-0 in games where opponents have a FG% of 48.8% or greater.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs and the Montana Grizzlies both rank higher in average field goal percentage when compared to their effective field goal percentages. Gonzaga is 61st and 34th in the nation for eFG% and FG% respectively, while Montana ranks 159th and 117th in these categories.

Ranked 21st in the nation, Gonzaga averages 43.4 rebounds per game. Montana ranks lower at 288th with 34.2 RPG.

The Montana Grizzlies make an average of 5.2 steals per game. When the Gonzaga Bulldogs give up 5 or more steals, they are a winning 4-2.

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