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Weber State vs. Portland State - 1/31/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Portland State at Weber State
Date & Time Thursday January 31, 2019, 9:05 PM (EST)
Location
Dee Events Center
Ogden, UT
The Line
Weber State Wildcats -9.5 -- Over/Under: 154
TV Channel
Pluto
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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Portland State Vikings will travel to the Dee Events Center to take on the Weber State Wildcats this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Portland State Vikings won their 2nd straight game and improved to 8-11 (3-5 Big Sky) on the season after defeating the Idaho Vandals, 69-53, this past Saturday. Portland State was outstanding defensively against the Vandals and had no trouble cruising to victory after a 14-0 Vikings run help give Portland State a 40-23 halftime lead. Portland State shot 43.4% from the field while holding Idaho to just 38.2% shooting from the field & 26.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Vikings was Jamie Orme who had 11 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, and a block.

On the season, Portland State is averaging 78.4 ppg on 41.8% shooting from the field. The Vikings are averaging 7.0 three-pointers per game on 28.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Portland State has been led by Holland Woods (14.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 5.3 apg, 1.5 spg), Michael Nuga (11.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg), Sal Nuhu (10.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.6 bpg), and Robert McCoy (8.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.1 spg).

Defensively, Portland State is allowing their opponents to average 75.1 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field. The Vikings have a rebound margin of 8.3 and a turnover margin of 1.7.

The Weber State Wildcats had their 4-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 13-7 (7-2 Big Sky) on the season after being defeated by the Montana Grizzlies, 75-68, this past Saturday. Weber State struggled offensively in the 1st half and couldn’t fight all the way back after a 20-0 Grizzlies run gave Montana a 32-10 lead with 5:27 left in the 1st half. Weber State shot 49.1% from the field and lost the turnover battle by a 14-6 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Jerrick Harding who had 22 points, 3 rebounds, and a block.

Offensively, Weber State is averaging 82.2 ppg on 48.4% shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 36.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Weber State has been led by Jerrick Harding (21.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.6 spg), Cody John (15.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.8 apg), Brekkott Chapman (12.9 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.9 bpg), and Zach Braxton (10.5 ppg, 7.4 rpg).

Defensively, Weber State is allowing their opponents to average 74.2 ppg on 42.2% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of 2.8 and a turnover margin of -1.6.

The Vikings are 9-23-1 ATS in their last 33 games overall and just 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games vs. Big Sky opponents. The Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

Portland State has lost 8 of their last 11 games and although the Vikings can put some points on the board, they still rank just 297th in FG%, 265th in scoring defense, and 286th in defensive FG%. Weber State has won 8 of their last 10 games and have one of the better offenses in the Big Sky as they come into this game ranked 31st in scoring offense, 29th in FG%, and 78th in 3P-FG%.

Portland State is just 1-6 on the road this season and although the Viking shave picked up a couple of wins as of late, the combined record of the two teams they just defeated (Idaho & Eastern Washington) is just 10-28 on the season. Weber State is one of the better Big Sky teams and as I think their offense is going to have no trouble putting up a ton of points against the Vikings defense, I’m taking Weber State to cover this large home spread.

Pick:
Weber State Wildcats -9.5

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