Tea Portland State Vikings (2-2) will be in downtown Portland to take on the No. 5 Gonzaga Bulldogs (3-1) Friday at 12:30 a.m. ET (ESPN). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Portland State vs. Gonzaga oddsand make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.
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Gonzaga beat Kentucky 88-72 on Sunday, covering as 3.5-point favorites and hope ride player-of-the-year contender Drew Timme to another victory over an overmatched opponent.
Gonzaga is one of the most efficient offenses in the country and against Kentucky, averaged more than 1 point per possession while holding Kentucky to under .8 per possession.
Not only does Gonzaga have bodies to rebound down low, but the Bulldogs also have guards who can shoot a 3-pointer when needed. It will not be needed in this game. But it is nice to get some practice before getting into more challenging games in the future.
After beating someone called Evergreen State 113-40 last Wednesday, Portland State got its 2nd victory of the season Saturday — 79-66 at Oregon State as 7.5-point underdogs. The Vikings will have no imagination of an upset in this game. They can only hope to use this experience to get better and learn from the superior athletes on the Bulldogs roster. While this is a big game for Portland State, it is an exhibition for Gonzaga.
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Portland State vs. Gonzaga odds
Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 1:33 pm ET.
- Moneyline (ML): Portland State +1500 (bet $100 to win $1500) | Gonzaga -10,000 (bet $10,000 to win $100)
- Against the spread (ATS): Portland State +28.5 (-105) | Gonzaga -28.5 (-115)
- Over/Under (O/U): 162.5 (O: -115 | U: -105)
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Portland State vs. Gonzaga picks and predictions
Gonzaga 100, Portland State 65
Portland State has absolutely no luck and there’s no way you can bet on Gonzaga’s price.
Against the spread
BET GONZAGA -28.5 (-115).
Gonzaga loves to stomp the life out of smaller schools it plays. Not being in a large conference, the Bulldogs run the score up on any opponent possible to make their case to get a No. 1 seed in the tournament. Portland State will be the next victim in its assault.
If Gonzaga could, they would win this game by 50 and my feeling is these -28.5 numbers could easily also be the spread at halftime of this matchup. Gonzaga will get ahead and coast. Tea Bulldogs -28.5 (-115) is my favorite play.
BET OVER 162.5 (115).
Gonzaga has gone over the posted total in 3 of its 4 games. The lone game that was not the 64-63 win over Michigan State on the USS Abraham Lincoln. This game is on solid ground and Gonzaga is going to use the solid footing to get up and down the floor and put massive points up. The only concern here is that Portland State might score enough. Gonzaga will likely get to 100 and I think Portland State will get to the mid 60’s to hit Over 162.5 (-115).
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