Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Bobcats versus the Vikings? Tip off is at at 7:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Viking Pavilion in Portland, OR. The over/under for this game is set at 145 points, and Portland State is favored by -3.5 vs. Montana State in a Big Sky conference matchup.
MONTANA STATE BOBCATS VS PORTLAND STATE VIKINGS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Portland State Vikings -3.5
This game will be played at Viking Pavilion at 7:00 ET on Saturday, January 27th.
WHY BET THE PORTLAND STATE VIKINGS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Vikings.
- Not only will Portland State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -3.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 145 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.
Will the Bobcats Exceed Expectations on the Road?
Montana State enters this game as a 3.5-point underdog, and they have gone 4-7 in their 11 games as the underdog this season. The Bobcats are 10-10 overall, and they have won two straight games.
On the road, Montana State has gone 3-5 this season, and their average scoring margin is -8.8 points per game. Over their last 10 road games, the Bobcats have gone 4-6.
Montana State has an ATS record of 7-10 this season and they are 4-4 vs. the spread on the road. As the underdog, the Bobcats have gone 5-6 vs. the spread this year and they are 2-1 ATS in their last 3 games as the underdog. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, Montana State has an ATS mark of 4-6.
Today’s over/under line of 145 is higher than the average over/under line of 142.2 in Montana State games this season. So far, 8 of their games have had higher over/under lines than 145, and in their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1. On the year, their over/under record is 10-7.
The Montana State offense is coming off a game where they scored 70 points against Sacramento State. They posted a field goal percentage of 46.9% and connected on 8 threes. On the offensive front, the Bobcats have a season-long field goal percentage of 46%, ranking 112nd nationally. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are ranked 125th in terms of percentage and 75th in three-pointers made.
At present, the Bobcats’ defense is nationally ranked 196th, allowing 73.5 points per game. Against Sacramento State in their most recent game, the Montana State defense gave up a total of 62 points while allowing Sacramento State to hit 35% of their shots.
Can the Vikings Lock in a Home Win?
Portland State has been excellent at home this season, going 5-1 with an average scoring margin of +7.7 points per game. They have won two straight games at home and have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games at home.
Overall, the Vikings are 12-8, including a 3-4 record in Big Sky Conference play. They have gone 9-4 in non-conference games this season.
As the favorite this season, Portland State has gone just 2-7 against the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Vikings have a mark of 2-8 vs. the spread. At home, PSU is 3-3 ATS this year and 9-9 overall.
Portland State’s over/under record for the season sits at 7-11, and today’s line of 145 is right in line with the average over/under line in their games this year (145.8). So far, eight of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 139 points.
In their recent game, the Vikings’ offense concluded with 72 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 70.8 points per contest. Leading the team in scoring was Ismail Habib with 19 points. Bobby Harvey also added 13 points for the Vikings.
At present, the Vikings’ defense is nationally ranked 113rd, allowing 70.2 points per game. In their most recent game, the Portland State defense struggled to defend the three-point line, as Montana knocked down 12 three-pointers on their way to 46 points.