Montana State Bobcats (2-2) at Portland Pilots (5-2)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 3:00 pm (Earle A. Chiles Center)
The Line: Portland Pilots +1.5 -- Over/Under: 146.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Montana State Bobcats and the Portland Pilots meet in college basketball action from the Chiles Center on Tuesday night.
The Montana State Bobcats will look to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their first four games this season after an 82-54 loss to Washington State last time out. Amin Adamu led the Bobcats with 12 points on 3 of 8 shooting while Mike Hood had 11 points with a pair of threes in 17 minutes off of the bench as the only other Montana State player to score in double-digits in the losing effort. Jubrile Belo chipped in 8 points with team-highs of 6 rebounds and 5 assists in addition to a pair of blocks as well for Montana State in the loss. Xavier Bishop remains Montana State’s leading scorer with an average of 14.3 points per game while Belo leads the Bobcats in rebounding with 6.3 rebounds per game and Adamu is Montana State’s top assist man, dishing out 3.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Montana State is averaging 82.3 points on 45.3% shooting from the field, 39.6% from 3-point range and 77.5% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 77 points on 40.9% shooting from the field and 38.5% from 3-point range this season.
The Portland Pilots will look to add to their 5-2 record despite an 80-41 beating at the hands of Oregon last time out. Chase Adams led the Pilots with 9 points, shooting 3 of 8 from the floor while Takiula Fahrensohn and Latrell Jones each had 7 points and Hayden Curtiss added 5 points with a team-high 6 rebounds in just 8 minutes off of the bench in the loss for the Pilots. Ahmed Ali leads Portland in scoring and assists with an average of 19.3 points and 3 assists per game while Michael Henn leads the Pilots in rebounding with 5 boards per game this season. As a team, Portland is averaging 75.9 points on 43.9% shooting from the field, 31.5% from 3-point range and 75.1% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 77 points on 44.6% shooting from the field and 34.7% from 3-point range this season.
Montana State is 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games against a team with a winning record and 15-7-1 ATS in their last 23 games following a loss while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall. Portland is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games and 8-17-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games following a loss. The road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
I get why the points with a home dog are generally tempting, but I say generally because points with the Portland Pilots hold no value. Sure, Portland’s 5-2 with an upset win over Oregon State, but the Pilots have also played three subdivision teams and I think the Oregon State game as more Oregon State losing it than Portland winning it if we’re being honest. I just think side-by-side, Montana State’s the better team but even still it’s hard to trust the Bobcats as a road favorite. Instead, I’m going to side with the over as both teams have shown an ability to put points on the board while neither can get out of their own way defensively.