Portland State Vikings (2-5) at Montana State Bobcats (5-3)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Max Worthington Arena)
The Line: Montana State Bobcats -7 -- Over/Under: 146 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Portland State Vikings and the Montana State Bobcats meet in Big Sky college basketball action from Worthington Arena on Thursday night.
The Portland State Vikings are in dire need of a bounce back performance after a 75-72 loss to subdivision Northwest Nazarene last time out. James Scott leads the Vikings in scoring and rebounding with 14.1 PPG with 5.3 RPG while Khalid Thomas has 11.1 PPG with 4.7 RPG to make up the duo of double-digit scorers for Portland State coming into this matchup. Paris Dawson has 8.9 PPG and Amari McCray has 8.7 PPG with 5.1 RPG this season. As a team, Portland State is averaging 70.7 PPG on 38.9% from the field, 26.2% from 3-point range and 72.1% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 73 PPG on 42.8% shooting from the field and 32.8% from 3-point range this season.
The Montana State Bobcats will look to add to their three-game winning streak after a 76-74 overtime win over Northern Colorado last time out. Xavier Bishop leads the Bobcats in scoring and assists with 17.4 PPG and 3 APG while Amin Adamu is 2nd in scoring with 17 PPG along with 5.3 RPG this season. Jubrile Belo has 11.9 PPG with 5.3 RPG of his own to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Montana State coming into this matchup while Abdul Mohamed has 5.9 PPG and a team-high 5.6 RPG this season. As a team, Montana State is averaging 79.9 PPG on 45.5% shooting from the field, 34.5% from 3-point range and 77% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 72.3 PPG on 39.9% from the field and 33.5% from behind the arc this season.
Portland State is 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 road games while the over is 7-1 in their last 8 games following a loss. Montana State is 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400 and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 Thursday games while the over is 7-1 in their last 8 games overall. The favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
The points with Portland State would be tempting as Montana State hasn’t played a lined game at home this season, but the problem is that the Vikings just lost to a subdivision team at home so it’s hard to make a case for Portland State in this spot. Montana State’s had the majority of their success this season and I just think that the Bobcats have to be the play here as more of a fade from Portland State than anything else.