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Portland State vs. Idaho - 1/26/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Idaho at Portland State
Date & Time Saturday January 26, 2019, 10:05 PM (EST)
Location
Viking Pavilion
Portland, Oregon
The Line
The Line: Portland State -9 -- Over/Under: 147
TV Channel
Pluto
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The Idaho Vandals and Portland State Vikings meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Viking Pavilion.

The Idaho Vandals could use a win here after losing 10 of their last 11 games. The Idaho Vandals are averaging 70.1 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 74 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Trevon Allen is averaging 15.7 points and 4.4 rebounds while Cameron Tyson is averaging 13.7 points and 2.1 rebounds. Jared Rodriguez is the third double-digit scorer and Marquell Fraser is dishing 3.1 assists. The Idaho Vandals are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 70 percent from the free throw line. The Idaho Vandals are allowing 31.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35 rebounds per game. The Idaho Vandals have lost their last four road games.

The Portland State Vikings could also use a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Portland State Vikings are averaging 78.9 points on 41.7 percent shooting and allowing 76.3 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Holland Woods is averaging 14.9 points and 4.9 assists while Michael Nuga is averaging 12.2 points and 3.1 rebounds. Sal Nuhu is the third double-digit scorer and Robert McCoy is grabbing 6.5 rebounds. The Portland State Vikings are shooting 28.5 percent from beyond the arc and 68.5 percent from the free throw line. The Portland State Vikings are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.9 rebounds per game. The Portland State Vikings have split their last eight home games.

The Vandals are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 4-14 ATS in their last 18 games overall. The Vikings are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games, 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 8-23-1 ATS in their last 32 games overall. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The under is 13-5 in Vikings last 18 overall. The over is 17-7-2 in Vandals last 26 Saturday games.

I'm not trying to bet on either of these teams considering Idaho and Portland State have a combined 7-22-1 ATS record this season. However, the Idaho Vandals are clearly in worse shape, as they've lost 10 of their last 11 games, are losing by an average of 10 points in their last five games and are losing by an average of 11.8 points on the road this season. Two of Portland State's three covers have come at home and the offensive production overall for this club has improved recently. I wouldn't be on this game personally, but if forced to pick, I'd have to bet against Idaho in its current form. 

Pick:
Portland State -9

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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