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Portland Pilots vs. Pacific Tigers Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/2/14

Pacific Tigers (9-3) at Portland Pilots (8-6)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Earle A. Chiles Center)

The Line: Portland Pilots -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-Northwest, FSSD

The Portland Pilots and the Pacific Tigers face off on Thursday in college basketball action.

The Portland Pilots are 8-6 for the season but they have started West Coast Conference play at 0-2. Portland is 5-4 at home this season though both of their conference losses have been at home. Kevin Bailey leads the Pilots averaging 17.2 pints per game. Thomas van der Mars is averaging 13 points and 6.4 rebounds, Ryan Nicholas is averaging 12.8 points and 9.5 rebounds, and Alec Wintering is averaging 8.1 points. Portland is averaging 79.9 points and they are shooting 46.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 72.6 points and their opponents shoot 43.5 percent. This is the third of five consecutive home games for Portland.

Portland Pilots vs. Pacific Tigers Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/2/14

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The Pacific Tigers are 9-3 for the season but they opened WCC play with a home loss to St. Mary’s. Pacific has played the 89th ranked schedule in the nation and are 2-1 on the road this season. Andrew Bock leads the Tigers averaging 12.6 points per game. Sama Taku is averaging 11.8 points and 4.7 rebounds, Tony Gill is averaging 11.1 points and 5.6 rebounds, and Ross Rivera is averaging 10 points. Pacific is averaging 76.3 points and they are shooting 46.4 percent while defensively they are allowing 73.8 points and their opponents are shooting 45 percent. Pacific has struggled against teams with a RPI better than 50 but outside of that they have been solid thus far.

Portland is 9-4-1 against the spread in their last 14 games, 4-1 against the spread following a loss, and 0-5 against the spread against the WCC. Pacific is 5-0-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, 8-3 against the spread in their last 11 games, and 4-0 against the spread following a loss.

I like the way Pacific is playing right now and I like them to win outright but I will gladly take the points.

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Pacific Tigers +3.5

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