Northern Colorado at Montana odds, picks and prediction

The Northern Colorado Bears (17-13, 12-6 Big Sky) head north Thursday to meet the Montana Grizzlies (18-11, 11-7) at Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET (ESPN+). Below, we look at the Northern Colorado vs. Montana odds and lines, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.

The Bears meet the Griz for the first time since Dec. 4, when NorCo picked up a 78-75 win as a 2.5-point favorite in Greeley. The Bears are 3-1 straight up (SU) across their last four outings, although 0-3 against the spread (ATS) across their last three games.

The Grizzlies have won just two of their last five games, while also going 2-3 ATS across the past five outings. Montana will be happy to be home, however, as it is 14-1 SU this season while covering in nine of the past 12 at home.

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Northern Colorado at Montana odds, spread and lines

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Money line: Northern Colorado +122 (bet $100 to win $122) | Montana -150 (bet $150 to win $100)
Against the spread (ATS): Northern Colorado +2.5 (-110) | Montana -2.5 (-110)
Over/Under (O/U): 147.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)

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Northern Colorado at Montana odds, lines, picks and predictions

Prediction

Montana 78, Northern Colorado 73

Money line

MONTANA (-150) is a strong play on the money line based upon its tremendous home record. The Griz did fall to the Bears earlier this season, but NorCo covered by just a half-point in the 3-point win, and that was over three months ago. The Griz will return the favor Thursday on home court.

Against the spread

MONTANA -2.5 (-110) has cashed in three of its last four games at home, and nine of the last 12 games there, while Northern Colorado is 1-4 ATS across its last five games overall. Play the Griz at home.

Over/Under

The OVER 147.5 (-110) is the lean based on the trends for both teams, especially Montana.

The Over has cashed in eight straight games for the Grizzlies while going Over in each of their last six games as a favorite and 11 of their previous 13 against winning teams. The Over is 5-1 in the past six as an underdog for Northern Colorado, too.

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