Idaho State vs. Portland State - 2/27/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Portland State Vikings (14-14) at Idaho State Bengals (6-19)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Holt Arena)
The Line: Idaho State Bengals +4 -- Over/Under: 153.5
The Portland State Vikings and the Idaho State Bengals meet in Big Sky conference college basketball action from the Reed Gym on Thursday night.
The Portland State Vikings will look to get out of the middle of the Big Sky standings, sitting at 8-8 in conference play after an 87-72 win over Montana State last time out. Holland Woods leads Portland State in scoring and assists with 17.2 PPG and 5.1 APG while Matt Hauser is 2nd in scoring with 14.4 PPG and Alonzo Walker has 10.1 PPG. Sal Nuhu also has 10 PPG and a team-high 7 RPG this season. As a team, Portland State is averaging 78 points on 44.6% shooting from the field, 33.3% from 3-point range and 71.3% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 75.5 points on 46.8% shooting from the field and 33.4% from 3-point range this season. Portland State is 4-11 straight up and 9-6 against the spread on the road this season.
The Idaho State Bengals will look to try to climb out of the basement in the Big Sky table, sitting at 3-13 in conference play after an 11th straight loss coming in the form of an 85-72 loss to Northern Colorado last time out. Tarik Cool leads the Bengals in scoring and assists with 12.6 PPG and 3.2 APG while Chier Maker is 2nd in scoring and tops in rebounding with 11.2 PPG and 5.8 RPG this season. Malik Porter and Jared Stutzman each have 10+ PPG for the Bengals this season as well. As a team, Idaho State is averaging 68.9 points on 45.1% shooting from the field, 34.6% from 3-point range and 65.1% from 3-point range while allowing opposing teams to average 71.9 points on 48.3% shooting from the field and 31.5% from 3-point range this season. Idaho State is 4-8 straight up and 3-6-1 against the spread at home this season.
Head-to-head, the home team is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
If it was anyone except Idaho or Idaho State at home, I’d probably consider the points, but the problem is that the Bengals aren’t the worst team in the conference by accident, as Idaho State just hasn’t been good at home. A lot of Portland State covering on the road has been getting points, but the Vikings are also just the better team here, so I’ll lay the buckets with the Vikings on the road here.