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North Dakota favored by -7.5 against Portland State on Thursday

Portland State VikingsNorth Dakota Sioux
13-12February 27, 2014, 08:00 | Betty Engelstad Sioux Center12-14

North Dakota looks to cover the Sioux-Vikings pointspread on Thursday and improve its overall 12-14 mark when they host Portland State in college basketball wagering action.

The Sioux sit at 12-14 (9-14-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Vikings are currently 13-12 (11-11 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? North Dakota is 12-12 OU, and Portland State is 11-10 OU.

View Portland State Vikings vs North Dakota Sioux Odds and Stats.

North Dakota opened as -7.5-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

The Sioux - Vikings odds would favor the Sioux if the lines were set according to our power ranks. North Dakota is rated No. 48 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Portland State is at No. 148.

Last time out for Portland State, they were an 87-76 winner as they battled Eastern Washington on the road. They covered in the match as a 6.5-point underdog. The Vikings got 22 points from Kyle Richardson as Portland State ran past Eastern Washington 87-76 on Monday at Reese Court.

North Dakota was a 75-63 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Northern Arizona. They covered the 2-point spread as underdogs. The Lumberjacks were burned for 28 points by Troy Huff on Saturday as the Sioux put another game in the win column, 75-63, at Walkup Skydome.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits North Dakota's No. 85-ranked offense, averaging 73.42 PPG, against a Vikings defense that ranks No. 183 at 71.92 PPG. The Sioux field goal percentage has averaged 45.97% so far, less than the Vikings marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.56% per game.

A few Vikings at Sioux trends to consider:
Portland State is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
Portland State is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Portland State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Portland State is 6-12 ATS in its last 18 games on the road
North Dakota is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Portland State at Northern Colorado, Saturday, March 1st
North Dakota at Eastern Washington, Saturday, March 1st