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Portland State vs. Northern Colorado - 12/31/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Northern Colorado Bears (7-5) at Portland State Vikings (5-6)
Date & Time Monday December 31, 2018, 5:05 PM (EST)
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The Line
The Line: Portland State Vikings +3.5 -- Over/Under: 157.5
TV Channel
Pluto
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Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The Northern Colorado Bears and Portland State Vikings meet Monday in college basketball action at the Viking Pavilion.

The Northern Colorado Bears could use a victory after losing four of their last five games. The Northern Colorado Bears are averaging 74.9 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 76.9 points on 48.2 percent shooting. Jordan Davis is averaging 24.3 points and 4.8 assists while Jonah Radebaugh is averaging 11.3 points and 5.7 rebounds. Bodie Hume is the third double-digit scorer and Trent Harris is grabbing 1.9 rebounds. The Northern Colorado Bears are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 75.3 percent from the free throw line. The Northern Colorado Bears are allowing 38 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.6 rebounds per game. The Northern Colorado Bears have split their last six road games.

The Portland State Vikings look to snap a three-game losing streak while getting back to a .500 record. The Portland State Vikings are averaging 68.2 points on 35.6 percent shooting and allowing 78.4 points on 48.6 percent shooting. Michael Nuga is averaging 14.7 points and 3.2 rebounds while Holland Woods is averaging 14.5 points and 5.1 assists. Sal Nuhu is the third double-digit scorer and Derek Brown is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Portland State Vikings are shooting 21.4 percent from beyond the arc and 64.6 percent from the free throw line. The Portland State Vikings are allowing 31.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.2 rebounds per game. The Portland State Vikings have won four of their last six home games.

The Bears are 2-10-1 ATS in their last 13 Monday games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Big Sky and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Vikings are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 Monday games, 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The road team is 14-6-1 ATS in the last 21 meetings and the underdog is 13-4-1 ATS in the last 18 meetings. The under is 9-2 in Vikings last 11 overall. The over is 7-3 in Bears last 10 overall.

The Northern Colorado Bears have not been good defensively as of late, but they've had some road success this season and are one of the better offensive teams in college basketball. The Portland State Vikings are just 1-6-1 ATS this season and don't shoot the ball well enough to keep up in most games. Heck, Portland State is shooting just 35.3 percent from the field in its last five games, which is the reason the Vikings are being outscored by 10.8 points. I'll lay the bucket with the Northern Colorado Bears.

Pick:
Northern Colorado Bears -3.5

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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