Portland State vs. North Dakota - 2/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
North Dakota Sioux (8-16) at Portland State Vikings (12-11)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 10:05 pm (Peter W Stott Center)
The Line: Portland State Vikings -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
North Dakota and Portland State Vikings play Thursday night at the Stott Center.
North Dakota looks for a victory after losing five of its last seven games. On the season, North Dakota is averaging 66 points on 43 percent shooting and is allowing 75.1 points on 47.5 percent shooting. Jaron Nash is averaging 12.8 points and 6.7 rebounds while Estan Tyler is averaging 11.9 points and 2.2 assists. Quinton Hooker is the third double-digit scorer and Terrel de Rouen is dishing 2.3 assists. North Dakota have four players averaging at least 9.6 points, and they’re shooting 66.9 percent from the line and 32.9 percent from downtown. Defensively, North Dakota is allowing 38.1 percent shooting from deep and has given up 69 or more points in five of its last seven games.
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The Portland State Vikings look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. On the season, Portland State is averaging 70.3 points on 42.8 percent shooting and is allowing 74.5 points on 47.8 percent shooting. DaShaun Wiggins is averaging 15.2 points and 3.5 rebounds while Braxton Tucker is averaging 11.9 points and 5.5 rebounds. Gary Winston is dishing 3.8 assists and Tiegbe Bamba is grabbing 6.3 rebounds. The Portland State Vikings have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 74 percent from the line and 38.1 percent from downtown. Defensively, Portland State is allowing 39.6 percent shooting from deep and has given up 73 or more points in eight of its last 12 games.
North Dakota is 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. The Vikings are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record.
Portland State beat North Dakota by seven points in the earlier meeting this season and has done well ATS when playing below average teams. I'll take the Vikings to win this game by double digits on their home court.