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Eastern Washington vs. Portland State - 1/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Portland State Vikings (10-4) at Eastern Washington Eagles (6-9)
Date & Time Thursday January 4, 2018, 9:05 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Eastern Washington Eagles -1.5 -- Over/Under:
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NCAA BB | Portland State Vikings (10-4) at Eastern Washington Eagles (6-9)
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Coming up Thursday evening from Reese Court, the Portland State Vikings and the Eastern Washington Eagles will meet up in college basketball action. 

Portland State comes into this one at 10-4 on the season. The Vikings had two wins going, but fell against Sacramento State in their last outing. In that one, Portland State’s Deontae North led the team on 20 points. 

North also leads the Vikings in scoring on the season, averaging 20.2 PPG with 4.7 RPG and 3.0 APG. Also in double-digits for Portland State are Bryce Canda (17.6 PPG; 7.1 RPG) and Holland Woods (11.0 PPG). 

Over on the Eastern Washington side, they’re sitting at 6-9 this year. The Eagles have won three of their last four games, with the most recent coming against North Dakota. In that one, Eastern Washington guard Bogdan Bliznyuk put up 29 points. 

Bliznyuk is the top scorer for the Eagles this year with his 18.9 PPG and 5.9 RPG with 3.3 APG. He’s the only Eastern Washington player in double-figures, but Jesse Hunt is reasonably close on 8.9 PPG and a team-high 6.7 RPG. 

The Vikings are 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games following a straight-up loss and 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games following an ATS loss. Portland State is also 16-5-1 ATS in their last 22 games overall and 20-8-2 ATS in their last 30 road games. 

Meanwhile, the Eagles are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Thursday games. Eastern Washington is also 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS win. 

Portland State is a bit of an enigma this year, as they’ve got some solid wins under their belt but also some tough losses that should have gone in the W column. As for Eastern Washington, they’ve looked good on the stat sheet lately but haven’t exactly been taking on primo competition. All things considered, I like the Vikings to bag a cover here.

Pick:
Portland State Vikings +1.5

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