Montana State Bobcats vs. Utah Utes, Thursday, Las Vegas NCAA Odds, College Basketball Betting, Pick, Prediction

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5-2 December 1, 9:00 PM | Jon M. Huntsman Center 4-1
When: 9:00 PM ET, Thursday, December 1, 2016
Where: Jon M. Huntsman Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
TV: 9 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread MoneyLine Total
montana-state-bobcatsMontana State Bobcats +16 -110 147 -110
utah-utesUtah Utes -16 -110 147 -110
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The Montana State Bobcats and the Utah Utes will both be gunning for a victory on Thursday when they meet at Jon M. Huntsman Center.

ABOUT MONTANA STATE (5-2): The Bobcats have won five of six since a season-opening 69-65 loss to Washington State but, like Utah, two of the wins have come against lower-division foes — including Monday’s 93-73 victory over NAIA school Arizona Christian. Sophomore guard Tyler Hall, a preseason All-Big Sky first-team selection, hasn’t disappointed in averaging a team-best 22.8 points while shooting 46.3 percent from the field – 24-of-55 from 3-point range – and hitting 25-of-27 free throws. Backcourt mate Harald Frey is the team’s second-leading scorer at 12.8 points per game while swingman Zach Green is averaging 11.8 points and a team-best 6.3 rebounds.

ABOUT UTAH (4-1): Forward Kyle Kuzma, one of two returning starters for the Utes, has taken charge as the team’s top player and is leading the squad in scoring (16.6 points) and rebounding (10.0). After a poor opener (five points on 1-for-5 shooting), guard Lorenzo Bonam has heated up and has averaged 18.5 points over the last four games while shooting 65.9 percent from the floor. Overall, Utah is limiting opponents to 31.9 percent shooting on the season and is averaging 16.6 more rebounds per game, which ranks fourth nationally through Tuesday’s games.

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Utes listed as 16-point favorites versus the Bobcats, while the game’s total is sitting at 147 according to MyBookie-White logo -70x40.

Utah will attempt to bounce back from its first setback of the season Thursday when it hosts Montana State of the Big Sky Conference. The Utes fell at home Monday to No. 18 Butler 68-59 and now have two games remaining on their season-opening seven-game homestand.

Monday’s game, though, was Utah’s first true barometer after opening against a pair of Division II foes and two small-conference DI programs, and the Utes struggled mightily. Utah shot 36.5 percent from the field, including 3-of-20 from 3-point range, with 18 turnovers and only four assists. Butler only trailed once – at 20-19 in the first half – and converted those 18 Utah turnovers into 23 points on the other end. “This was the first test for us really if you look at our schedule … and we didn’t do a great job with the test,” Utes coach Larry Krystkowiak told reporters at his post-game news conference. “But we can’t learn unless we are put in a position where there’s a little adversity, and some guys realize (that) when we talk about being stronger with the ball.”

Utah was a 68-59 loser in their most recent outing at home against Bulldogs. They failed to cover the +1-point spread as underdogs.

Montana State was a 93-73 winner in its last match at home against Firestorm.

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Montana State:
Team record: 5-2 SU,3-1 ATS
Montana State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Montana State is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Montana State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road

Utah:
Team record: 4-1 SU,1-2 ATS
Utah is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games
Utah is 15-2 SU in its last 17 games at home

Next up:
Montana State home to Wisconsin-Milwaukee Monday, December 5
Utah home to Utah Valley Tuesday, December 6

KEY NOTES

1. Butler shot 52.8 percent from the field against Utah after the Utes’ first four foes shot a combined 27.7 percent.

2. Utah Gs Parker Van Dyke and JoJo Zamora are the top two 3-point shooters with seven apiece but they were a combined 0-for-3 from the arc against Butler while totaling three points and two assists.

3. Utah closes out its homestand next Tuesday against Utah Valley before tipping off its road schedule with a visit to current No. 7 Xavier on Dec. 10.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Utah Utes will cover the spread at -16 and the game will stay over 147 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Utah 84, Montana State 64 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
MONST TEAM UTAH
83.4 PTS FOR 83.0
74.7 PTS AGNST 55.2
8.7 DIFF. 27.8
30.0 DEF REBOUNDS 36.2
11.6 OFF REBOUNDS 13.4
43.2 FG% 47.6
72.7 FT% 73.0
11.4 3 POINTERS 7.0
4.4 STEALS 5.6
INJURIES
MONTANA STATE
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
UTAH
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
MONTANA STATE
Montana State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Montana State’s last 5 games on the road
UTAH
Utah is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games
Utah is 15-2 SU in its last 17 games at home
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Montana State’s Overall Scoring vs Utah’s Overall Defense 83.4 36 55.2 5
Montana State’s Away Scoring vs Utah’s Home Defense 71.5 122 55.2 33
Montana State’s Road Rebounds vs Utah’s Home Rebounds Allowed 38.5 59 33.0 130
Utah’s Overall Scoring vs Montana State’s Overall Defense 83.0 44 74.7 241
Utah’s Home Scoring vs Montana State’s Road Defense 83.0 124 76.0 174
Utah’s Home Rebounds vs Montana State’s Road Rebounds Allowed
POWER STATS
SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
MONST 43.2 40.2 3.1
UTAH 47.6 31.9 15.6
REBOUNDING
TEAM OFF DEF TOTAL
MONST 11.6 30.0 41.6
UTAH 13.4 36.2 49.6
ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO
TEAM ASSISTS TURNOVERS RATIO
MONST 13.9 12.4 1.1
UTAH 15.2 14.4 1.1

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