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Portland State vs. Portland - 12/5/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Portland Pilots (5-4) at Portland State Vikings (4-3)
Date & Time Wednesday December 5, 2018, 10:05 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Portland State Vikings -5.5 -- Over/Under: 155
TV Channel
Pluto
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NCAA BB | Portland Pilots (5-4) at Portland State Vikings (4-3)
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The Portland Pilots and Portland State Vikings meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Viking Pavilion.

The Portland Pilots look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Portland Pilots are averaging 71.3 points on 42.8 percent shooting and allowing 77.7 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Josh McSwiggan is averaging 15.8 points and five rebounds while Marcus Shaver Jr. is averaging 14.4 points and 3.3 assists. JoJo Walker is the third double-digit scorer and Franklin Porter is grabbing 4.1 rebounds. The Portland Pilots are shooting 37.8 percent from beyond the arc and 71.8 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Pilots are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30 rebounds per game. The Portland Pilots have lost two of their three road games this season.

The Portland State Vikings look for a spark of consistence after splitting their last four games. The Portland State Vikings are averaging 66 points on 34.8 percent shooting and allowing 75.8 points on 49.8 percent shooting. Holland Woods is averaging 15 points and 4.8 assists while Michael Nuga is averaging 13.6 points and 3.9 rebounds. Sal Nuhu is the third double-digit scorer and Derek Brown is grabbing five rebounds. The Portland State Vikings are shooting 13 percent from beyond the arc and 60.8 percent from the free throw line. The Portland State Vikings are allowing 27.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.2 rebounds per game. The Portland State Vikings have won all three home games this season.

The Pilots are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Vikings are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 home games, 15-5-2 ATS in their last 22 non-conference games and 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The Pilots are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Portland St and 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The over is 6-1-1 in Pilots last 8 overall. The under is 7-0 in Vikings last 7 overall.

Both of these teams have had their struggles out the gate, mainly due to a lack of consistent offense. The difference here is that the Portland State Vikings have played improved ball at home where they're shooting 45.8 percent from the field and outscoring teams by seven points. The Portland Pilots are being outscored by 13 points on the road this season and are allowing 47.2 percent shooting from the field. Portland State has also won the last two meetings against Portland. I'll lay the reasonable chalk with the home team in this spot.

Pick:
Portland State Vikings -5.5

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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