Loyola Marymount Lions vs. Portland State Vikings Free Prediction


The Loyola Marymount Lions (9-1) and the Portland State Vikings (5-4) go head-to-head at Peter W Stott Center. The Lions look to prolong their eight-game winning streak. The game begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 15, 2018.

Loyola Marymount Lions at Portland State Vikings Betting Odds

In their last matchup, the Vikings got blown out by the 14th-ranked Oregon Ducks, 84-57, while the Lions had no trouble getting past the Westcliff Warriors, 75-43.

Loyola Marymount dominated every stat category in the game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 45.9 and a turnover percentage of 16.3. For those same stats, Westcliff had marks of 17.6 and 27.8, respectively. Portland State, on the other hand, had a much better turnover percentage (12.1 vs. 17.8). Portland State was lifted by Jamie Orme, who contributed 11 points and five rebounds. Meanwhile, James Batemon was a key piece for Loyola Marymount with 11 points.

The Vikings won the sole game between these two teams last year, 94-85. The Vikings’ turnover percentage was their largest advantage over the Lions. Portland State had a rate of 19.7, while Loyola Marymount posted a mark of 29.1.

Batemon has been exceptional recently for Loyola Marymount, averaging 0 points over the last five games.

Baskets could be hard to come by in this contest between two of the country’s premier defenses. Portland State ranks 22nd in defensive efficiency (101.1) and Loyola Marymount is sixth (107.0) dating back to the 2017-18 season. Moreover, the Lions rank 302nd in turnover percentage (19.7 percent), while the Vikings rank eighth in opponents’ turnover percentage (24.2 percent).

Loyola Marymount Lions at Portland State Vikings Odds Pick

Prediction: SU Winner – Portland State, ATS Winner – Portland State, O/U – Over

Betting Notes (2017-Present):

  • Portland State ranks 73rd in three pointers attempted per game (25.7) while Loyola Marymount ranks 271st (18.2).
  • The Vikings rank first in rebounds per game (40.5) while the Lions rank 84th (33.9).
  • Loyola Marymount ranks 166th in assists per game (13.9) while Portland State ranks 178th in assists allowed per game (14.9).
  • The Vikings average 10.1 steals per game, which ranks first in the NCAA. The Lions rank 130th in steals allowed per game (6.1).
  • Portland State ranks 60th in blocks per game (3.6) while Loyola Marymount ranks 181st in blocks allowed per game (4.7).