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Portland Pilots vs. Portland State Vikings - 11/11/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Portland State Vikings (0-0) at Portland Pilots (0-0)

College Basketball: Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 10:00 pm (Chiles Center)

The Line: Portland Pilots -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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Instate rivals the Portland State Vikings and Portland Pilots begin the 2017-18 college basketball season.

The Portland State Vikings look for the upset of the Portland Pilots in the season opener for both squads. Portland State was an entertaining team to watch in 2016-17 if you were a fan of scoring the basketball because that’s what this team did and so did the opposition. The Vikings were a top ten scoring team at 85.3 points on 48.2% marksmanship while allowing 81.8 points on 48.1% which explains their 15-16 record to a certain degree.

Portland Pilots vs. Portland State Vikings - 11/11/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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PSU needs a healthy Braxton Tucker for the long haul after averaging nearly 17 points and six rebounds in just five games because of a bad knee. Fellow 6-6 forward Brandon Hollins averaged six points an 3.5 boards while center Traylin Farris provided 10.8 points and 5.2 rebounds. Deontae North is the Vikings top returning guard with a 2016-17 average of 12.7 points. The frenetic pace of the offense will continue as Portland State likes to shoot as quickly as possible.

The Portland Pilots kick off the season with a visit from the rival Portland State Vikings on Saturday. Portland will be looking to climb out from the bottom of the West Coast standings after finishing 2016-17 11-22. The WCC is unforgiving if a team struggles to score or defend so the bottom line is the Pilots 67 points on 42.3% was not enough to keep pace with some of the bigger offenses in the conference. 

Portland gave up 72 points on 42.9% shooting which isn’t horrible but being outscored is not going to spell success anywhere and especially so in the West Coast with Gonzaga and St. Mary’s. The Pilots offensive woes were hit hard with the departure of leading scorer Alec Wintering and his 19.5 points. Guard Jazz Johnson brings back 15.8 points and backcourt mate D’Marques Tyson scored 8.5 points

Over is 26-10-1 in Portland State last 37 overall and over is 18-7-1 in Portland State last 26 road games and over is 5-2-1 in Portland State last 8 non-conference games. Under is 16-7 in Portland last 23 overall. Road team is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings.

This looks like the best chance Portland State has had in beating Portland on the road and I honestly need a few more points to feel better…

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