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Portland State vs. North Dakota - 3/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

North Dakota Fighting Hawks (11-18) at Portland State Vikings (18-12)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 4:00 pm (Pamplin Sports Center)

The Line: Portland State Vikings -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The North Dakota Fighting Hawks and Portland State Vikings meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Pamplin Sports Center.

The North Dakota Fighting Hawks could use a win after splitting their last eight games. The North Dakota Fighting Hawks are averaging 75.3 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 81.3 points on 49.4 percent shooting. Geno Crandall is averaging 16.4 points and 3.2 assists while Marlon Stewart is averaging 11.6 points and 2.7 rebounds. Dale Jones is the third double-digit scorer and Cortez Seales is grabbing 3.6 rebounds. The North Dakota Fighting Hawks are shooting 33.1 percent from beyond the arc and 71 percent from the free throw line. The North Dakota Fighting Hawks are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.4 rebounds per game. The North Dakota Fighting Hawks have lost five of their last six road games.

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Portland State vs. North Dakota - 3/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Portland State Vikings look for a win after winning five of their last eight games. The Portland State Vikings are averaging 86.4 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 79.9 points on 47.8 percent shooting. Deontae North is averaging 21.1 points and 2.4 assists while Bryce Canda is averaging 14.1 points and six rebounds. Holland Woods is the third double-digit scorer and Brandon Hollins is grabbing 7.5 rebounds. The Portland State Vikings are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 69.4 percent from the free throw line. The Portland State Vikings are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.6 rebounds per game. The Portland State Vikings have lost five of their last seven home games.

The Fighting Hawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big Sky and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Vikings are 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 Saturday games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Fighting Hawks are 1-4-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings, the home team is 6-2-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings and the favorite is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The home team has won eight of the last nine meetings between North Dakota and Portland State and has covered six of those meetings as well. The Portland State Vikings are an uptempo team that can find it tough to cover big numbers when trading baskets, but they average 85 points at home and can blow the doors off a team when those shots are falling at a high percentage. The North Dakota Fighting Hawks are being outscored by 14.3 points on 52.1 percent shooting on the road. Hard not to like Portland State by double digits.

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