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Portland vs. Gonzaga - 1/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Gonzaga Bulldogs (13-1) at Portland Pilots (10-4)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 9:30 pm (Earle A. Chiles Center)

The Line: Portland Pilots +11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Gonzaga Bulldogs and the Portland Pilots face off on Saturday in West Coast Conference college basketball action.

The Portland Pilots are 10-4 this season and they are coming off of a loss in their last game at BYU to drop their WCC record to 1-1. Portland is averaging 73.3 points and they are shooting 45.4 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 65.7 points and their opponents shoot 41.6 percent. Alec Wintering leads the Pilots averaging 12.9 points and 5.1 assists per game. Kevin Bailey is averaging 11.5 points, Volodymyr Gerun is averaging 10.6 points and 6.4 rebounds, and Thomas van der Mars is averaging 10.6 points and 7.6 rebounds. Portland is 5-1 a home this season.

Portland vs. Gonzaga - 1/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Gonzaga Bulldogs are 13-1 this season and they are ranked number seven in the nation. Gonzaga is averaging 82.2 points per game and they are shooting 52.5 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 60.6 points and their opponents are shooting 37.8 percent. Kyle Wiltjer leads the Zags averaging 17.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Byron Wesley is averaging 12 points and 5.6 rebounds, Kevin Pangos is averaging 11.5 points and 5.0 assists, and Przemek Karnowski is averaging 9.9 points and 6.9 rebounds. Gonzaga is 3-1 on the road and they are the fourth best shooting team in the nation.

Portland is 9-2 against the spread against the WCC, 16-5 against the spread in their last 21 games, and 5-2 against the spread in their last seven home games. Gonzaga is 4-0 against the spread in their last four road games, 10-4-1 against the spread in their last 15 games, and 4-1-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record. The home team has covered the point spread in seven of the last nine meetings of these two.

I don’t expect Portland to get much respect from the public here making them the better value and while they lose the game, it’s closer to six or eight points.

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Portland Pilots +12

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