North Dakota vs. Portland Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats and Best Bets – Saturday, December 9, 2023

The Portland Pilots (5-5) visit the North Dakota Fightin’ Hawks (6-3) after losing three straight road games. The Fightin’ Hawks are favored by only 1 point in the contest, which tips at 2:00 PM ET on Saturday, December 9, 2023. The matchup’s over/under is set at 147.5.

North Dakota vs. Portland Odds

  • Spread: North Dakota (-1)
  • Total: 147.5
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    Game Time and Information

  • Date: Saturday, December 9, 2023
  • Time: 2:00 PM ET
  • TV: Summit League Network
  • Where: Grand Forks, North Dakota
  • Venue: Betty Engelstad Sioux Center
  • Who Will Win North Dakota vs. Portland?

    North Dakota and Portland Betting Trends, Records Against the Spread

    North Dakota is 1-2 against the spread when favored by 1 point or more this season.

    Portland has a 2-2 record against the spread in games when it was an underdog by 1 point or more this season.

    The two teams average a combined 4.2 more points per game (151.7) than this game’s total of 147.5 points.

    Opponents of the two teams average a combined 1.5 more points per game (149) than this matchup’s total of 147.5 points.

    North Dakota’s average point total in outings this year is 144.9, 2.6 points less than the total in this game.

    Pilots games this season have averaged a total of 155.8 points, 8.3 more than the point total in this matchup.

    The Fightin’ Hawks are 2-5-0 against the spread this season.

    The Pilots have gone 4-4-0 ATS this year.

    North Dakota Stats & Insights

    North Dakota is outscoring opponents by 2.9 points per game with a +26 scoring differential overall. It puts up 73.9 points per game (202nd in college basketball) and allows 71.0 per contest (188th in college basketball).

    North Dakota is 152nd in college basketball at 34.0 rebounds per game. That’s 1.6 more than the 32.4 its opponents average.

    The Fightin’ Hawks make 7.1 three-pointers per game (212th in college basketball) at a 29.0% rate (318th in college basketball), compared to the 5.8 per game their opponents make at a 31.7% rate.

    North Dakota scores 93.7 points per 100 possessions (199th in college basketball), while allowing 90.0 points per 100 possessions (203rd in college basketball).

    Portland Stats & Insights

    Portland scores 77.8 points per game (125th in college basketball) and allows 78.0 (318th in college basketball) for a -2 scoring differential overall.

    The 33.6 rebounds per game Portland accumulates rank 168th in the country, 2.8 more than the 30.8 its opponents record.

    Portland knocks down 8.0 three-pointers per game (135th in college basketball) at a 33.9% rate (156th in college basketball), compared to the 10.1 per contest its opponents make, shooting 37.7% from beyond the arc.

    Portland ranks 159th in college basketball averaging 96.0 points per 100 possessions on offense, and defensively is 304th, allowing 96.2 points per 100 possessions.

    North Dakota Key Players to Watch

    The scoring leader for the Fightin’ Hawks this season is B.J. Omot, who averages 16.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game.

    Amar Kuljuhovic is North Dakota’s leading rebounder, pulling down 7.1 per game, while Treysen Eaglestaff is its best passer, averaging 2.4 assists in each contest.

    The Fightin’ Hawks get the most three-point shooting production out of Eaglestaff, who knocks down 2.4 threes per game.

    The North Dakota steals leader is Eli King, who averages 1.3 takeaways per game, while its blocks leader is Omot, who compiles 1.1 rejections per contest.

    Portland Key Players to Watch

    The Pilots’ Tyler Robertson averages enough points (16.8 per game) and assists (4.8 per game) to top the team’s leaderboards.

    Tyler Harris grabs 8.5 rebounds per game (he also scores 13.1 points per game and adds 0.9 assists per game) which puts him at the top of the Portland rebounding leaderboard.

    Robertson is consistent from distance and leads the Pilots with 1.9 made threes per game.

    Portland’s leader in steals is Juan Sebastian Gorosito (1.2 per game), and its leader in blocks is Harris (1.6 per game).

    North Dakota vs. Portland Prediction

  • Pick ATS: Portland (+1)
  • Pick OU: Under (147.5)
  • Prediction:
    Portland 75, North Dakota 74
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