Portland State vs. Duke Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Duke is a 25.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 168 points. The game will be played at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon.
Portland State enters with a 4-0 overall record and is 3-0 ATS after an 83-79 home win over Utah State. Duke is 5-0 overall and 3-0 ATS following a 92-63 home triumph over Furman. The last time Portland State played Duke was on Dec. 30, 1997, and the Blue Devils prevailed 89-39.
The Vikings have been led in the early going by Bryce Canda as he averages 17.5 points per game along with 8.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists. Deontae North puts in 16.0 points to go with 4.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists. Ryan Edwards averages 11.5 points, 3.5 boards and 1.5 blocks. Portland was paced by Canda with 17 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the victory over Utah State. Michael Mayhew had 17 points and three assists, while Holland Woods added 12 points and four boards off the bench. Portland State led 45-29 at halftime before holding on in the second half.
Through five games, Duke is led by Marvin Bagley III as he is pouring in 19.2 ppg and 9.0 rpg. Grayson Allen averages 18.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 3.2 apg. Trevon Duval is accounting for 13.6 ppg and 7.6 apg. The Blue Devils were paced by Bagley III in the win over Furman as he tallied 24 points and eight rebounds. Duval had 18 points and four assists. Wendell Carter Jr. added 14 points, nine rebounds and two assists. Duke led 49-31 at halftime.
Duke is 8-1-1 ATS in its last 10 games overall. The under is 6-2 in the last eight Portland State neutral site games.
Portland State is a decent enough squad to cause this to not be a cakewalk for Duke. With the combinations of a crowd that will heavily favor the Vikings along with the lack of energy the Blue Devils might have for playing an afternoon game against a non-ranked opponent on Thanksgiving, this one might stay closer for longer than people expect. It's a large spread and we expect the Vikings to manage to stay within that number.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: PORTLAND STATE+25.5