Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Vikings versus the Bobcats? Tip off is at at 9:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in Bozeman, MT. This Big Sky conference matchup has an over/under of 147 points, and Montana State is favored to win by -3 at home vs. Portland State.

PORTLAND STATE VIKINGS VS MONTANA STATE BOBCATS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Montana State Bobcats -3

This game will be played at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse at 9:00 ET on Thursday, February 22nd.

WHY BET THE MONTANA STATE BOBCATS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Bobcats.
  • Not only will Montana State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -3.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 147 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.

Is a Road Win Possible for Portland State?

Portland State comes into this game with a 16-11 overall record after defeating Northern Arizona by a score of 83-68 in their previous game. On the road, the Vikings have a 5-9 record, while they are 8-2 at home. Portland State has a current ATS record of 12-12 heading into today’s game. In their last five games, they are 3-2 vs. the spread.

After 27 games, Portland State has an over/under record of 11-13-0, with their games averaging a combined 143.1 points per game so far. When analyzing the Vikings’ last five games, they have produced a combined average of 151 points per game and an over/under record of 3-1-1.

Portland State’s offense is coming off a good game, putting up 83 points vs. Northern Arizona. Overall, they hit 50% of their shots from the field and went 21/30 from the free-throw line. The team’s scoring leader is Kaelen Allen, who holds an average of 12.3 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Isaiah Johnson is averaging 9.6 points per game this season.

In terms of defense, Portland State is currently on par with the NCAA average for points allowed, giving up an average of 71.4 points per game. So far, the Portland State defense is giving up an average of 8.1 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 10.5 times per game (463rd).

Will the Bobcats Secure A Victory as Home Favorites?

Montana State, who has a record of 11-15, will be playing their 27th game of the season. In their away games, the Bobcats have gone 3-9, while they have gone 6-5 in their home games. Montana State’s ATS record sits below .500, currently at 10-13. In the team’s most recent five games, they have gone 2-3 vs. the spread.

Up to this point, games involving Montana State have had an average of 147.1 points per game, with the average over/under line set at 143.5 points. Their over/under record is 13-10-0. In the Bobcats’ last five games, the combined scoring average stands at 146 points per game, accompanied by an over/under record of 2-3.

Compared to their season average of 74.1 points per game, Montana State struggled in their previous game. Against Montana, the Bobcats scored 69 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 46.2%. The team’s top scorer is Robert Ford, who enters today’s matchup with an average of 15.7, while Brian Goracke also carries a PPG average of 14.4 into the game.

At present, the Bobcats’ defense is nationally ranked 242nd, allowing 74.7 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Montana State’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 44.1% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 30.5% this season.