Portland State Vikings at BYU Cougars Free Prediction


A five-game home winning streak is on the line for the BYU Cougars (7-4) when they welcome the Portland State Vikings (5-3) to Marriott Center. The game starts at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 12, 2018.

Portland State Vikings at BYU Cougars Betting Odds

Both teams lost in their last contest. The Cougars lost to the seventh-ranked Nevada Wolf Pack, 86-70, while the Vikings lost big to the 14th-ranked Oregon Ducks, 84-57.

Portland State had a much better turnover percentage (12.1 vs. 17.8) while BYU had a better effective field goal percentage (0.420 vs. 0.439). Yoeli Childs fueled BYU with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Portland State, meanwhile, was led by Jamie Orme, who contributed 11 points and five rebounds.

Childs has been solid recently for BYU, averaging 0 points over the last five games.

Ball security could play a significant role in this battle. Since the 2017-18 season, BYU has committed the 34th-fewest miscues in the NCAA (turnover percentage of 16.0 percent), while the disruptive defense of Portland State has forced the 12th-most (opponents’ turnover percentage of 24.4 percent). Also, the Vikings, who rank 15th in offensive rebounding percentage (37.0 percent), will square off against the Cougars, who rank 20th in defensive rebounding percentage (76.9 percent).

Portland State Vikings vs. BYU Cougars Odds Pick

Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Portland State, ATS Winner – Portland State, O/U – Under

Betting Notes (2017-Present):

  • Portland State ranks 46th in three pointers attempted per game (25.7) while BYU ranks 219th (19.9).
  • The Vikings rank first in steals per game (10.2) while the Cougars rank 129th (6.2).
  • BYU blocks 3.7 opponent shots per game, which ranks 80th in the nation. Portland State ranks 184th in blocks allowed per game (4.3).
  • The Vikings rank 27th in rebounds per game (40.1) while the Cougars rank 192nd (34.6).
  • BYU ranks 45th in assists per game (15.6) while Portland State ranks 210th in assists allowed per game (14.7).