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Portland State vs. Montana - 3/7/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Montana at Portland State
Date & Time Thursday March 7, 2019, 10:05 PM (EST)
Location
Viking Pavilion
Portland, Oregon
The Line
The Line: Portland State +5 -- Over/Under: 145.5
TV Channel
Pluto
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NCAA BB | Montana at Portland State
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The Montana Grizzlies and Portland State Vikings meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Viking Pavilion.

The Montana Grizzlies look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 11 games. The Montana Grizzlies are averaging 76.7 points on 48.8 percent shooting and allowing 69.7 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Jamar Akoh is averaging 15.5 points and 8.7 rebounds while Ahmaad Rorie is averaging 14.9 points and four assists. Sayeed Pridgett is the third double-digit scorer and Michael Oguine is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The Montana Grizzlies are shooting 38.2 percent from beyond the arc and 68.7 percent from the free throw line. The Montana Grizzlies are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.8 rebounds per game. The Montana Grizzlies have won their last five road games.

The Portland State Vikings look for a win after winning eight of their last 12 games. The Portland State Vikings are averaging 73.1 points on 41.1 percent shooting and allowing 76.8 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Holland Woods is averaging 14.8 points and 5.4 assists while Michael Nuga is averaging 10.8 points and 2.8 rebounds. Sal Nuhu is grabbing 6.9 rebounds and Jamie Orme is grabbing four rebounds. The Portland State Vikings are shooting 30 percent from beyond the arc and 70.9 percent from the free throw line. The Portland State Vikings are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.4 rebounds per game. The Portland State Vikings have won their last six home games.

The Grizzlies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up win. The Vikings are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 home games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Big Sky and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The underdog is 7-3-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings and the over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The under is 21-8 in Vikings last 29 overall. The over is 13-6 in Grizzlies last 19 overall.

The Portland State Vikings actually beat Portland on the road in overtime back in January despite being 15.5-point underdogs. And while Montana is extremely good at winning games, the Grizzlies are just 11-16 ATS on the year and just 7-6 ATS as a double-digit favorite. There's reasons to consider Portland State and the points, but I'm not going to do it. The Montana Grizzlies have covered four of their last five on the road and do enter this contest shooting 52 percent from the field in their last five games. The Montana Grizzlies are the better team no matter how you slice it, and I need more points if I'm getting behind Portland State. 

Pick:
Montana -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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