Southern Utah Thunderbirds vs Portland State Vikings Odds
The visiting Southern Utah Thunderbirds hope to send their backers to the pay window on Thursday as they look to cover the spread at Stott Center against the Portland State Vikings.
Portland State battles the Thunderbirds, currently sitting with a 10-13 mark (12-9 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 10-6 for the Vikings and 9-8 for the Thunderbirds.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Portland State sat as 2-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Vikings sit at No. 328 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Thunderbirds sit at No. 216 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Thunderbirds will win this game 66-65.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Portland State has the nation's No. 172-rated offensive output, at 67.6 PPG. The visiting Thunderbirds defense ranks No. 278 allowing on average 70.9 PPG. The Vikings FG% has averaged 45.3% so far, more than the Thunderbirds marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.1% per game.
Defensively, Southern Utah features the nation's No. 328-rated defense on the road, allowing 78.1 points per game. Portland State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 97 nationally in scoring at home.
Southern Utah was a 75-58 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Weber State. They failed to cover the 14.5-point spread as underdogs. Southern Utah got 24 points from Jackson Stevenett but lost anyway, 75-58, to Weber State on Saturday at Dee Events Center.
Portland State was a 77-71 loser in its last match on the road against Sacramento State. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as underdogs. Portland State suffered a 77-71 loss against Sacramento State on Saturday, getting 17 points from Lateef McMullan in a losing effort at Colberg Court.
Southern Utah Thunderbirds Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Eastern Washington are 1-0
After playing Weber State are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5
Portland State Vikings Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-6
Before playing Eastern Washington are 7-3
After playing Sacramento State are 4-6
After a loss are 1-9
A few Thunderbirds at Vikings trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Southern Utah's last 6 games on the road
Southern Utah is 2-11 SU in its last 13 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Portland State's last 7 games
Portland State is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games at home
Portland State is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Portland State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Southern Utah at Eastern Washington, Saturday, February 16
Portland State home to Eastern Washington, Monday, February 18