Portland State vs. Northern Arizona - 3/5/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Portland State vs. Northern Arizona - 3/5/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (16-12) at Portland State Vikings (16-14)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 10:05 pm (The Viking Pavilion)

The Line: Portland State Vikings -5 -- Over/Under: 154.5

TV: PLUTO TV

The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks and the Portland State Vikings meet in college basketball action from Stott Center on Thursday. 

Northern Arizona is sitting at 16-12 on the year. In the last five games, Northern Arizona is 3-2, beating Southern Utah, Idaho and Montana while falling to Eastern Washington and Montana State otherwise. 

In the loss to Montana State, Northern Arizona’s top scorer was Cameron Shelton with 21 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Bernie Andre added 12 points and six assists there, and Brooks DeBisschop had 10 rebounds, nine points and one assist. 

Over on the Portland State side, they’re 16-14 on the year. Currently, Portland State is on a four-game win streak, taking out Idaho, Montana State, Idaho State and Weber State in that time. 

In the win over Weber State, Portland State’s top scorer was Rashaad Goolsby with 18 points, nine rebounds and one assist. Holland Woods added 17 points, seven assists and five rebounds there, and Lamar Hamrick had 16 points, four rebounds and three assists. 

Portland State is 4-1 ATS in their last five home games and 4-0 ATS in their last four overall. The over is 7-0 in Portland State’s last seven home games and 12-2 in their last 14 overall. 

Meanwhile, Northern Arizona is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 overall and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 versus a team with a winning straight-up record. The over is 4-1 in Northern Arizona’s last five Thursday games and 5-1 in their last six after a straight-up loss. 

Northern Arizona has hit just 57 points in each of their last two games, and though the Lumberjacks are pretty adept at scoring here and there, it’s the third time in the last six games they’ve been at 57 or below. 

As for Portland State, they’re on a really nice scoring run right now, dropping 81 or more in each of their last six games. The Vikings have hit 89 in each of their last two outings as well, so I can’t think of a lot of reasons not to take Portland State on the cover here. 

Andrew’s Pick Portland State Vikings -5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.