UNLV vs. Portland - 12/17/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Pilots (7-2) at UNLV Rebels (6-2)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 10:30 pm (Thomas & Mack Center)
The Line: UNLV Rebels -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Portland Pilots and UNLV Rebels play Wednesday night at the Thomas & Mack Center.
The Portland Pilots have split their last four games and play their third true road contest. On the season, Portland is averaging 69.9 points on 43.8 percent shooting and is allowing 65.2 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Alec Wintering is averaging 11.3 points and 5.4 assists while Thomas van der Mars is averaging 10.9 points and 8.2 rebounds. Volodymyr Gerun is grabbing 6.1 rebounds per game and D'Marques Tyson is shooting 50 percent from the field. The Portland Pilots are a quality offensive team that’s averaging close to 16 assists while shooting 72.6 percent from the free throw line and 35.9 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Portland is averaging 38.4 rebounds and holding teams to 30.9 percent shooting from deep. Leading scorer Kevin Bailey is questionable with a foot injury.
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The UNLV Rebels have won four of their last five games and play their first home game in more than two weeks. On the season, UNLV is averaging 63 points on 41.5 percent shooting and is allowing 64.6 points on 36.8 percent shooting. Rashad Vaughn is averaging 16.4 points on 41.6 percent shooting and Christian Wood is averaging 13 points and 9.6 rebounds. Cody Doolin is dishing out 5.4 assists and Dwayne Morgan is shooting 39 percent from the field. The UNLV Rebels are a balanced team that’s shooting 35.9 percent from downtown and coming away with more than eight blocks per game. UNLV is also averaging 39 rebounds and holding teams to 33.5 percent shooting from deep. The Rebels weakness is the 58.9 percent free throw shooting.
The Pilots are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Runnin' Rebels are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 non-conference games.
UNLV should be able to win this game by double digits considering Portland's top player is banged up and the Rebels have a clear advantage on the glass. Take UNLV and the chalk.