Portland State Vikings vs. Montana State Bobcats Free Prediction 01/11/20

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The Portland State Vikings (7-9, 1-3 BigSky) will be at Max Worthington Arena to go head-to-head against the Montana State Bobcats (9-7, 3-2 BigSky) in a BigSky matchup. Action starts at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 11, 2020.

Portland State Vikings at Montana State Bobcats ATS Odds

In their last outing, the Bobcats barely escaped the Idaho Vandals, 71-68, while the Vikings lost a tough one against the Eastern Washington Eagles, 71-69.

Montana State dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 23.5 (above their season average of 21.4) and a free throw rate of 0.389 (above their season average of 0.250). Idaho had marks of 15.2 and 0.273, respectively, for those same stats. Portland State, meanwhile, had a turnover percentage of 8.4 (better than their season average of 14.6). Harald Frey played a key role for Montana State with 22 points and seven assists. Portland State was led by Markus Golder, who recorded 14 points and 13 rebounds.

This series was highly contested last year. Each won one of the two games played against each other last season. The Vikings won the last game 84-80. Portland State had a much better turnover percentage (9.4 vs. 15.6). Montana State, meanwhile, did a terrific job of converting from the free throw line (17-22; 77.3 percent). This is the first time these teams will meet this year.

Montana State appears to have the edge on the defensive side of the ball. The Bobcats currently rank 70th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.456), while Portland State is 251st in effective field goal percentage (0.484). Additionally, the Vikings rank 55th in turnover percentage (17.2 percent), while the Bobcats rank 343rd in opponents’ turnover percentage (15.8 percent).

Portland State Vikings vs. Montana State Bobcats Free Pick

Free Prediction: SU Winner – Montana State, ATS Winner – Montana State, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • Montana State ranks 76th in assists allowed per game (11.7) while Portland State ranks 225th (16.1).
  • The Vikings rank 58th in rebounds per game (38.9) while the Bobcats rank 75th in rebounds allowed per game (33.3).
  • Portland State averages 4.1 blocks per game, which is ranked 59th in the nation. Montana State ranks 63rd in blocks allowed per game (2.9).
  • The Vikings rank 20th in three pointers allowed per game (17.5) while the Bobcats rank 161st (22.8).
  • Portland State ranks 39th in steals per game (8.4) while Montana State ranks 175th (5.6).

Bettings Trends:

  • The Bobcats’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 1.0, down from 2.2 for the season.
  • During their last five games, the Vikings have scored an average of 71.2 points per game (6.3 below their season average) and allowed an average of 71.4 points per game (2.4 below their season average).