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Northern Arizona Lumberjacks vs Portland State Vikings Preview

Portland State VikingsNorthern Arizona Lumberjacks
Feb 7, 8:35 PM | Walkup Skydome

Portland State Vikings vs Northern Arizona Lumberjacks Odds


College hoops betting interest focuses on the Northern Arizona vs Portland State battle Thursday at Walkup Skydome as the Lumberjacks look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Lumberjacks sit at 8-14 (10-11 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Vikings are currently 5-14 (7-10 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Northern Arizona is 9-7 OU, and Portland State is 8-6 OU.

View Portland State vs Northern Arizona Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Lumberjacks installed as 4.5-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Lumberjacks at No. 326 and the Vikings at No. 331 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 66-61 result in favor of the Vikings.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Northern Arizona's No. 202 nationally ranked offense (66.5 points per game) against a Vikings defense that sits as the No. 292 at 71.7 PPG. The Lumberjacks have been averaging 43.7% from the field, less than the Vikings have managed so far this season (45.1% on average).

Defensively, Portland State features the nation's No. 262-rated defense on the road, allowing 73.6 points per game. Northern Arizona, meanwhile, comes in at No. 187 nationally in scoring at home.

Portland State lost its last outing, a 70-64 result against Montana State on February 2. They failed to cover in that game as a 3.5-point favorite. The Vikings got 18 points from Renado Parker, but it was Montana State that prevailed in a 70-64 final on Saturday at Stott Center.

In their last action, Northern Arizona was a 62-61 winner on the road against Sacramento State. They covered the 8.5-point spread as underdogs. The Lumberjacks grabbed a 62-61 win over the Hornets on Monday, behind a 22-point effort from Gabe Rogers at Colberg Court.

Portland State Vikings Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Sacramento State are 6-4
After playing Montana State are 1-9
After a loss are 2-8

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Eastern Washington are 2-8
After playing Sacramento State are 2-8
After a win are 2-8

A few Vikings at Lumberjacks trends to consider:
Portland State is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Portland State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Northern Arizona's last 5 games when playing Portland State
Northern Arizona is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games
Northern Arizona is 4-8-1 ATS in its last 13 games when playing Portland State
Northern Arizona is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games when playing Portland State

Next up:
Portland State at Sacramento State, Saturday, February 9
Northern Arizona home to Eastern Washington, Saturday, February 9