Gonzaga vs. Portland - College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Pilots (12-9) at Gonzaga Bulldogs (20-1)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 9:00 pm (McCarthey Athletic Center)
The Line: Gonzaga -22 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN Full Court
The Portland Pilots and Gonzaga Bulldogs meet Thursday night at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
The Portland Pilots have lost four of their last six games and play their eighth true road game. On the season, Portland is averaging 72.5 points on 42.4 percent shooting and are allowing 73.7 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Alec Wintering is averaging 13.2 points and 5.6 assists while Kevin Bailey is averaging 13.1 points and 2.1 assists. Thomas van der Mars is grabbing eight rebounds and Volodymyr Gerun is shooting 53.3 percent from the field. The Portland Pilots have seven plyers averaging at least six points, and they’re shooting 72.4 percent from the line and 38.4 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Portland is allowing 5.8 threes per game and has given up 74 or more points in five of its last eight games.
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The Gonzaga Bulldogs are 20-1 and reain unbeaten in WCC play. On the season, Gonzaga is averaging 81.6 points on 51.3 percent shooting and are allowing 68.7 points on 38.2 percent shooting. Kyle Wiltjer is averaging 15.8 points and 5.1 rebounds while Kevin Pangos is averaging 12.4 points and 4.9 assists. Byron Wesley is grabbing 5.1 rebounds and Przemek Karnowski is shooting 61.2 percent from the field. The Gonzaga Bulldogs have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 70.2 percent from the line and 40.5 percent from downtown. Defensively, Gonzaga is allowing 5.4 threes per game and has given up 60 or less points in five of its last six games.
Portland is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road and 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Gonzaga. The Gonzaga is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Portland and 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Portland.
Look for Gonzaga to win this game fairly easily with Portland struggling on both sides of the ball. There are better options than to lay this big number but the Bulldogs should be able to get it done.