Portland State vs. Montana State - 3/12/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Portland State vs. Montana State - 3/12/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Matt Stamey-USA TODAY Sports

Montana State Bobcats (16-15) at Portland State Vikings (18-14)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 4:30 pm (CenturyLink Arena)

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The Montana State Bobcats and the Portland State Vikings meet in college basketball action from CenturyLink Arena on Thursday. 

Coming into this Big Sky Tournament matchup, Montana State is 16-15 so far. After winning consecutive games over Northern Arizona and Southern Utah, Montana State lost their last outing to Northern Colorado. 

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In the loss to Northern Colorado, Montana State’s Jubrile Belo led the team with a double-double on 24 points and 12 rebounds. Harald Frey added 15 points, four assists and three rebounds there, and Borja Fernandez had 13 points with six rebounds. 

Over on the Portland State side, they’re 18-14 this year. Currently, Portland State is on a six-game winning streak, taking out Idaho, Montana State, Idaho State, Weber State, Northern AZ and Sacramento State in that time. 

In the win over Sacramento State, Portland State’s top scorer was Holland Woods with 22 points, five assists and three rebounds. Matt Hauser added 13 points, four rebounds and two assists there, and Lamar Hamrick finished on 12 points and four rebounds. 

Portland State is 4-0 ATS in their last four Thursday games and 5-0 ATS in their last five after a straight-up win. Portland State is 5-0 ATS in their last five games after an ATS win and 6-0 ATS in their last six games overall. 

Meanwhile, Montana State is 15-7 ATS in their last 22 games after an ATS loss and 15-7-1 ATS in their last 23 games after a straight-up loss. The over is 6-2 in Montana State’s last eight overall and 4-0 in their last four Thursday games. 

Montana State has had some nice runs late this year where they’ve been on a good scoring clip. Since late last month the Bobcats have been pretty hit and miss though, and they’ve been at 63 or fewer points in four of their last five games coming into this tournament. 

As for Portland State, they’ve been cruising right along during this win streak, hitting 76 or above in points in each of the six games. If Portland State can keep up that kind of offensive output they shouldn’t have too many issues covering. I’m going Portland State. 

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