NCAA hoops odds preview - Portland vs. Montana State
Portland Pilots vs Montana State Bobcats Odds
Portland travels to Montana State on Sunday, hoping to boost its 1-1 record with a victory over the Bobcats.
The Bobcats sport records of 0-1 and 0-1 ATS heading into this battle, while the Pilots have 1-1 and 0-2 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 0-0 for the Bobcats and 0-0 for the Pilots.
The Bobcats were listed as 2-point underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 312-rated Portland taking on the No. 275-rated Bobcats in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 56-54 win for the Pilots on Sunday.
How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Montana State's No. 135-ranked scoring average of 72 PPG, against a Pilots defense rated No. 157 and allowing 64.5 PPG. The Bobcats FG% has averaged 36.4% to date this season, less than the Pilots shooters have managed so far (39.8% per game).
Defensively, Portland features the nation's No. 295-rated defense on the road, allowing 81 points per game. Montana State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 310 nationally in scoring at home.
Portland was a 51-48 winner in their most recent outing at home against Idaho State. They failed to cover the 10-point spread as favorites. The Pilots got 22 points from Ryan Nicholas as Portland ran past Idaho State 51-48 on Thursday at Chiles Center.
Last time out for Montana State, they were an 87-72 loser as they battled Seattle on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 9.5-point underdog. Antonio Biglow scored 15 points in a futile effort to lead the Bobcats to a win (they lost 87-72 to Seattle at KeyArena on Sunday).
Portland Pilots Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 3-7
Before playing Portland State are 4-6
After playing Idaho State are 2-5
After a win are 3-7
Montana State Bobcats Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Air Force are 2-0
After playing Seattle are 0-2
After a loss are 3-7
A few Pilots at Bobcats trends to consider:
Portland is 6-14 ATS in its last 20 games on the road
Portland is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Montana State's last 9 games at home
Montana State is 2-9 ATS in its last 11 games
Montana State is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games
Portland home to Portland State, Wednesday, November 21
Montana State at Air Force, Wednesday, November 21