Portland State Vikings vs. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks - 3/5/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Portland State Vikings vs. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks - 3/5/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Northern Arizona (16-12) at Portland State (16-14)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 10:05 pm (The Viking Pavilion)

The Line: Portland State -5 -- Over/Under: 154.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (16-12, CONF 10-9) and Portland State Vikings (16-14, CONF 10-8) face off in a Big Sky showdown at the Stott Center. Northern Arizona beat Portland State 84-82 earlier this season. 

Northern Arizona has had a nice season but they have struggled to cover the spreads as of late. Over the last ten games, Northern Arizona only has five wins, and during that stretch they have only covered three of the spreads. 

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On the road this season the Lumberjacks have a 6-7 record and the defense has been an issue giving up 71.9 points per game. 

Northern Arizona is led by guard Cameron Shelton who is averaging 14.4 points while shooting 39.6 percent from the field. In two of the last three games Shelton has put up at least 20 points. 

Portland State is getting heated up at the right time and coming into this game they have won four games in a row.

The Vikings are a strong offensive team and in each of the last four games they have scored at least 87 points. Overall this season Portland State is averaging 77.4 points per game, and this is a game they will try to push the pace and make life tough on Northern Arizona to keep up.

Portland State is led by guard Holland Woods who is averaging 17.6 points while shooting 41.7 points. Woods is also shooting over 30 percent from deep. Woods is strong, but Portland State gets production from a lot of different players every night. 

Northern Arizona is 3-7 against the spread in their last ten games overall. The over is 12-2 in Portland State’s last 14 games overall. The underdog is 7-3-1 in the last 11 meetings between Northern Arizona and Portland State. Northern Arizona is 9-4-1 against the spread in their last 14 games against Portland State.

Portland State is an elite offensive team and this is going to be another team they run up the score. The offense by Portland State combined with Northern Arizona trying to keep up will lead to the over cashing.

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