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Idaho State vs. Portland State - 2/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Portland State at Idaho State
Date & Time Saturday February 2, 2019, 9:05 PM (EST)
Location
Holt Arena
Pocatello, Idaho
The Line
The Line: Idaho State +1.5 -- Over/Under: 151.5
TV Channel
Pluto
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The Portland State Vikings and Idaho State Bengals meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Holt Arena.

The Portland State Vikings could use a win after splitting their last eight games. The Portland State Vikings are averaging 78.2 points on 41.9 percent shooting and allowing 75 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Holland Woods is averaging 14.5 points and 5.2 assists while Michael Nuga is averaging 11.3 points and three rebounds. Sal Nuhu is the third double-digit scorer and Robert McCoy is grabbing 6.4 rebounds. The Portland State Vikings are shooting 28.5 percent from beyond the arc and 68.7 percent from the free throw line. The Portland State Vikings are allowing 33.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.8 rebounds per game. The Portland State Vikings have lost six of their last eight road games.

The Idaho State Bengals need a victory here to snap a five-game losing streak. The Idaho State Bengals are averaging 73 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 78.1 points on 47.6 percent shooting. Brandon Boyd is averaging 14.6 points and 3.9 assists while Balint Mocsan is averaging 11.2 points and two rebounds. Gary Chivichyan is grabbing 1.9 rebounds and Chier Maker is grabbing 7.1 rebounds. The Idaho State Bengals are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 73 percent from the free throw line. The Idaho State Bengals are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.7 rebounds per game. The Idaho State Bengals have split their last six home games.

The Vikings are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games,  4-10 ATS in their last 14 vs. Big Sky and 6-16-1 ATS in their last 23 games overall. The Bengals are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big Sky, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Vikings are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Idaho State and 1-7 ATS in the last 8 meetings. The under is 8-3 in Bengals last 11 overall. The under is 4-1 in Vikings last 5 overall.

The Portland State Vikings aren't a team I'm trying to lay chalk with, especially on the road where they're just 2-7 ATS this season. However, the Idaho State Bengals are allowing 51.3 percent shooting and losing by an average of 17.6 points during their five-game losing streak. It's been Charles Barkley terrible for Idaho State during this stretch and makes the Bengals an automatic fade in my eyes. Portland State has had its issues as well, but it doesn't get much worse than what Idaho State is dealing with right now. It's Vikings or pass.

Pick:
Portland State Vikings -1.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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