Portland State vs. Sacramento State - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Portland State vs. Sacramento State - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Sacramento State Hornets (15-13) at Portland State Vikings (17-14)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 10:05 pm (The Viking Pavilion)

The Line: Portland State Vikings -4.5 -- Over/Under: 144.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Sacramento State Hornets will travel to Viking Pavilion to take on the Portland State Vikings this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Sacramento State Hornets had their 2-game winning streak and dropped to 15-13 (8-11 Big Sky) on the season after being defeated by the Montana Grizzlies, 79-71, this past Saturday. Sacramento State fought back from a 15-point deficit midway through the 2nd half to make it a game late, however, Montana was able to put it away after a Kyle Owens three-pointers gave Montana a 72-65 lead with 1:48 left in regulation.  Sacramento State shot 51.9% from the field however, allowing Montana to shoot 58.0% from the field and 50.0% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Hornets was Osi Nwachukwu who had 20 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, and 3 steals.

On the season, Sacramento State is averaging 62.9 ppg on 41.6% shooting from the field. The Hornets are averaging 4.8 three-pointers per game on 31.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Sacramento State has been led by Joshua Patton (13.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.9 bpg), Izayah Mauriohooho-Le’afa (10.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.8 spg), and Bryce Fowler (9.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.4 apg).

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Defensively, Sacramento State is holding their opponents to an average of 59.3 ppg on 41.8% shooting from the field. The Hornets have a rebound margin of 3.9 and a turnover margin of 1.8.

The Portland State Vikings won their 5th straight game and improved to 17-14 (11-8 Big Sky) on the season after defeating the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks, 80-66, this past Thursday night. Portland State led by a 30-28 margin at halftime and pulled away in the 2nd half after a 7-0 Vikings run gave Portland State a 70-60 lead with 3:54 left in regulation. Portland State shot 49.2% from the field and forced Northern Arizona into committing 17 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Vikings was Matt Hauser who had 21 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals.

On the season, Portland State is averaging 78.8 ppg on 44.9% shooting from the field. The Vikings are averaging 6.5 three-pointers per game on 33.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Portland State has been led by Holland Woods (17.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 5.2 apg, 2.1 spg), Matt Hauer (14.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.5 spg), and Sal Nuhu (10.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.3 bpg).

Defensively, Portland State is allowing their opponents to average 75.5 ppg on 47.1% shooting from the field. The Vikings have a rebound margin of 1.1 and a turnover margin of 2.5.

The Hornets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. Portland State. The Vikings are 5- ATS in their last 5 games and 6-5 ATS at home on the season.

Sacramento State comes into this game ranked 334th in scoring offense, 4th in scoring offense, and 114th in FG%.

Portland State comes into this match-up ranked 19th in scoring offense, 311th in scoring defense, and 334th in defensive FG%.

Portland State has been playing outstanding as of late, winning 6 of their last 7 games, however, their offense did struggle in a 66-55 loss at Sacramento State earlier this season. Sacramento State can struggle offensively, however, the Hornets should be able to put up some points against the Portland defense and as I’ve been impressed with how Sacramento State recently played against both Eastern Washington and Montana, I think the Hornets do enough with the points to cover. Good Luck!

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