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Portland State vs. Idaho State - 2/21/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Idaho State at Portland State
Date & Time Thursday February 21, 2019, 10:05 PM (EST)
Location
Viking Pavilion
Portland, OR
The Line
Portland State Vikings -5.5 -- Over/Under: 154.5
TV Channel
PLUTO
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The Idaho State Bengals will travel to Viking Pavilion to take on the Portland State Vikings this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Idaho State Bengals lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 9-15 (5-10 Big Sky) on the season after being defeated by the Montana Grizzlies, 80-68, this past Saturday. Idaho State struggled defensively against he Grizzlies and couldn’t fight back after Montana took a 73-55 lead with 5:46 left in regulation. Idaho State shot just 39.0% from the field while allowing Montana to shoot 55.0% from the field & 45.5% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Bengals was Balint Mocsan who had 18 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 steals.

On the season, Idaho State is averaging 73.0 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field. The Bengals are averaging 9.4 three-pointers per game on 37.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Idaho State has been led by Brandon Boyd (14.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.9 apg), Balint Mocsan (11.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 spg), Gary Chivichyan (9.1 ppg, 1.7 rpg), and Kelvin Jones (8.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.3 bpg).

Defensively, Idaho State is allowing their opponents to average 78.0 ppg on 47.9% shooting from the field. The Bengals have a rebound margin of -1.5 and a turnover margin of -1.8.

The Portland State Vikings won their 2nd consecutive game and improved to 11-14 (6-8 Big Sky) on the season after defeating the Southern Utah Thunderbirds, 78-69, this past Saturday. Portland State was solid on the offensive end against the Thunderbirds and was able to pull away in the 2nd half after taking a 69-61 lead with 4:12 left in regulation. Portland State shot 49.1% from the field and 47.1% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Vikings was Holland Woods who had 19 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, and 2 steals.

On the season, Portland State is averaging 77.7 ppg on 42.5% shooting from the field. The Vikings are averaging 7.1 three-pointers per game on 30.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Portland State has been led by Holland Woods (15.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 5.5 apg, 1.5 spg), Michael Nuga (11.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg), Sal Nuhu (10.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.0 bpg), and Robert McCoy (8.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.1 spg).

Defensively, Portland State is allowing their opponents to average 75.6 ppg on 47.1% shooting from the field. The Vikings have a rebound margin of 7.5 and a turnover margin of 1.1.

The Bengals are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 Thursday games, however, are just 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Vikings are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 5-2-1 TS in their last 8 games overall.

Idaho State has lost 8 of their last 10 games and come into this game ranked 176th in scoring offense, 317th in scoring defense, and 339th in defensive FG%.

Portland State has split their last 10 games and come into this match-up ranked 64th in scoring offense, 274th in scoring defense, and 10th in rebound margin.

Idaho State was able to defeat Portland State by a 69-67 margin at home earlier this season and come into game with more wins on the road this season than they do at home. Portland State is the better team, however, not by a large margin, and as I think the Bengals and their 3-point shooting (40th in three-pointers made per game; 60th in 3P-FG%) will be able to do some damage against the Vikings defense, I think Idaho State will do enough with points to cover in this one. Good Luck!

Pick:
Idaho State Bengals +5.5

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