The Central Michigan Chippewas (6-1) look to extend their five-game winning streak against the Montana State Bobcats (5-3) at McGuirk Arena. The Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 148 points with Central Michigan opening as a 2-point favorite. Action gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.
Montana State Bobcats at Central Michigan Chippewas ATS Preview
In the Bobcats last matchup, they beat the Milwaukee Panthers, 68-64. Tyler Hall was the top scorer from either team with 23 points on 8-for-19 shooting. Montana State played a perfect game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 25.0 (below their season average of 31.6) and a free throw rate of 0.283 (above their season average of 0.264). Milwaukee was 20.6 and 0.250, respectively, for those same stats.
The Chippewas hope to maintain momentum after beating the Jackson State Tigers in their last game, 70-63. Central Michigan received a boost from David DiLeo, who was the games leading scorer with 19 points on 6-for-10 shooting. The Chippewas made 16 of their 19 free throws (84.2 percent) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.614 (above their season average of 0.545).
The productive offense of Central Michigan will square off against the bottom-tier defense of Montana State. Dating back to last season, the Chippewas rank 33rd in offensive efficiency, while the Bobcats are 265th in defensive efficiency. The Chippewas figure to have the edge on that end of the court. ,
These two teams are complete opposites in terms of the O/U total. Montana State games have gone over 57.1 percent of the time, while 75.0 percent of games involving Central Michigan have gone under. The Chippewas come into this game with much better straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 6-1 SU and 4-0 ATS, while the Bobcats are 5-3 SU and 3-4 ATS.
The Chippewas won the only game against the Bobcats last season, 106-103. The Chippewas played a nearly flawless game. They had a ridiculous free throw rate of 0.468 and a superb turnover percentage of 9.3. The Bobcats were 0.333 and 11.1, respectively, for those same stats.
Montana State Bobcats vs. Central Michigan Chippewas Betting Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Montana State, ATS Winner – Montana State, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Chippewas rank 177th in blocks per game (3.0) while the Bobcats rank 237th (2.5).
- Montana State ranks 28th in three pointers attempted per game (25.6) while Central Michigan ranks 313th in three pointers allowed per game (25.7).
- The Bobcats average 36.5 rebounds per game, which ranks 130th in the nation. The Chippewas rank 316th in rebounds allowed per game (40.7).
- Montana State ranks 89th in assists allowed per game (12.1) while Central Michigan ranks 234th (14.3).