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Portland State vs. Montana State - 3/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Montana State at Portland State
Date & Time Saturday March 9, 2019, 10:05 PM (EST)
Location
Viking Pavilion
Portland, OR
The Line
Portland State Vikings -2.5 -- Over/Under: 160.5
TV Channel
PLUTO
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NCAA BB | Montana State at Portland State
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The Montana State Bobcats will travel to Viking Pavilion to take on the Portland State Vikings this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Montana State Bobcats had their two game winning streak snapped and dropped to 14-15 (11-8 Big Sky) on the season after being defeated by the Sacramento State Hornets, 70-67, this past Thursday. Montana State struggled offensively agianst the Hornets and allowed Sacramento State to pull away later after a 10-0 run gave the Hornets a 68-61 lead with just :15 seconds left in regulation. Montana State shot just 37.1% from the field and 32.1% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bobcats was Tyler Hall who had 34 points, 6 rebounds, and 1 steal.

On the season, Montana State is averaging 78.0 ppg on 45.2% shooting from the field. The Bobcats are averaging 9.3 three-pointers per game on 36.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Montana State has been led by Tyler Hall (20.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.1 spg), Harald Frey (17.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 5.1 apg, 1.2 spg), Keljin Blevins (11.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.5 apg), and Devin Kirby (8.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg).

Defensively, Montana State is allowing their opponents to average 79.6 ppg on 48.4% shooting from the field. The Bobcats have a rebound margin of -0.3 and a turnover margin of 0.2.

The Portland State Vikings improved to 15-15 (10-9 Big Sky) on the season after defeating the Montana Grizzlies, 81-69, this past Thursday night. Portland State was solid on the offensive end agianst the talented Grizzlies and pulled away early in the 2nd half after a 15-5 run to start the 2nd half gave Portland State a 52-32 lead with 15:10 left in regulation. Portland State shot 46.4% from the field and committed just 7 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Vikings was Holland Woods who had 20 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals.

On the season, Portland State is averaging 77.3 ppg on 42.7% shooting from the field. The Vikings are averaging 7.4 three-pointers per game on 31.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Portland State has been led by Holland Woods (15.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.5 spg), Michael Nuga (10.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.0 apg), Sal Nuhu (9.9 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.1 bpg), and Robert McCoy (7.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.0 spg).

Defensively, Portland State is allowing their opponent to average 74.8 ppg on 46.2% shooting from the field. The Vikings have a rebound margin of 6.8 and a turnover margin of 1.1.

The Bobcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Vikings are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 home games.

Montana State has won 6 of their last 9 games and although their defense has struggled as they rank just 336th in scoring defense, the Bobcats offense have been solid as they come into this match-up ranked 56th in scoring offense and 48th in three-pointers made per game.

Portland State has won 6 of their last 7 games and come into this game ranked 65th in scoring offense 263rd in scoring defense, and 12th in rebound margin.

Montana State has one of the better scoring duos in the Big Sky in Tyler Hall & Harald Frey, however, the Bobcats have struggled defensively this season and come into this game with just a 4-11 record on the road. Portland State is a great team at home, as they showed in their impressive victory agianst Montana, and between he fact that I think the Vikings offense will be able to put up 90+ on the Bobcats defense and that Portland State should have a huge advantage on the boards, I’m taking Portland State to cover this small home spread. Good Luck!

Pick:
Portland State Vikings -2.5

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