Montana State at Portland State - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Montana State  at Portland State  - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Montana State Bobcats (16-15) at Portland State Vikings (18-14)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 4:30 pm (CenturyLink Arena)

The Line: Portland State Vikings -4.0 -- Over/Under: 150

The Montana State Bobcats are set to matchup with the Portland State Vikings, as part of the Big Sky Tournament.  The Bobcats are (16-15), coming off a 75-61 loss to Northern Colorado. The Vikings are (18-14), after getting past Sacramento State 76-72. 

In the Bobcats loss to Northern colorado, Montana State was guided on offense by Jubrile Belo.  Belo secured a monster of a double-double, totaling 24 points and 12 rebounds. The Bobcats connected on 42 percent from the floor and 18 percent from 3-point range.  Montana State was dominated from 3-point range, being out scored 48 to 6. The Bobcats allowed Northern Colorado to connect at a 52 percent clip from deep.  

The Bobcats have carried on offense this season by Harald Frey.  Frey is averaging 16.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game.  Belo is adding 13.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per contest. Montana State is averaging 66.6 points per game, while converting on 44.5 percent from the floor. 

 In the Vikings win over Sacramento State, Portland State was led offensively by Holland Woods.  Woods registered 22 points, 3 rebounds, and 5 assists. The Vikings converted on 41 percent from the floor and 33 percent from distance.  Portland Stateout scored Sacramento State from the foul line, 21 to 18. The Vikings did force 17 turnovers in the game.   

The Vikings have been led this season by Woods.  Woods is recording 17.7 points and 5.2 assists per game.  Matt Hauser is averaging 14.4 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.  Portland State is totaling 78.7 points, while shooting 33.2 percent from 3-point distance.

Recent Betting Trends:

Montana State is 3-6 ATS in their last 9 games.

Montana State is 2-4 SU in their last 6 games.

The over is 6-2 in Montana State’s last 8 games.

Portland State is 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games.

Portland State is 6-0 SU in their last 6 games.

The over is 7-1 in Portland State’s last 8 games.

The Vikings have controlled this series, having won 7 of the last 10 meetings.  Portland State has one of the more potent offenses in the country, ranking 19th in offensive production.  The Vikings are averaging nearly 79 points per game. Montana State does not have a great offense, ranking 298th.  The Vikings have scored at least 87 points in 4 of their last 6 wins. Portland State doesn’t have a good defense, so the Bobcats should see an increase in offensive production.  However, the Bobcats won’t be able to keep pace with Portland State, even with scoring over their season average. Final score prediction, Portland State will win and cover against the spread, 82-73.     

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Chris’s Pick Portland State Vikings -4.0.

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