The Stanford Cardinal (3-4) and the Portland State Vikings (3-2) square off in the Phil Knight Invitational – Motion at Memorial Coliseum. The Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 162 points with Stanford set as a 6-point favorite. Action starts at 9:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 26, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPNU.
Portland State Vikings vs. Stanford Cardinal ATS Preview
In the Vikings last outing, they lost a tough one against the Butler Bulldogs, 71-69. Deontae North put together a solid game for Portland State, leading the team in scoring with 18 points on 4-for-11 shooting. Butler had an offensive rebounding percentage of 31.3 (above their season average of 25.5). Portland State, on the other hand, had a better turnover percentage (16.2 vs. 17.1).
The Cardinal are hoping for a better outcome after their 79-71 loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes in their last game. With 14 points, Oscar Da Silva had a good performance for Stanford. Ohio State held the Cardinal to an effective field goal percentage of 0.410 (below their season average of 0.508). Stanford, on the other hand, had a better turnover percentage (14.9 vs. 16.3).
This has potential to be a mistake-prone game for the offense of Stanford. Dating back to the 2016-17 season, Stanford ranks 186th in the nation in ball protection (turnover percentage of 18.9 percent), while the gambling defense of Portland State has forced the 20th-most turnovers in the nation (22.4 percent). Furthermore, the Vikings 59th-ranked offense (effective field goal percentage of 0.535) will go head-to-head against the Cardinals 273rd-ranked defense (effective field goal percentage allowed of 0.521).
Of Portland States 5 games, three have finished over the O/U total, while 3 of Stanfords 7 games have finished over the projected point total. The Vikings hold a substantial advantage in terms of straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 3-2 SU and 5-0 ATS, while the Cardinal are 3-4 SU and 1-6 ATS.
Portland State Vikings vs. Stanford Cardinal Betting Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Stanford, ATS Winner – Stanford, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Vikings rank fifth in steals per game (9.6) while the Cardinal rank 152nd in steals allowed per game (6.2).
- Portland State ranks 90th in three pointers attempted per game (23.0) while Stanford ranks 318th (16.2).
- The Cardinal rank 89th in rebounds allowed per game (33.6) while the Vikings rank 286th (38.2).
- Portland State averages 15.9 assists per game, which ranks 36th in the nation. Stanford ranks 219th in assists allowed per game (14.0).