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Boise State vs. Portland - 12/3/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Portland Pilots (3-4) at Boise State Broncos (7-1)

College Basketball: Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 4:00 pm (Taco Bell Arena)

The Line: Boise State Broncos -19.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Mountain West Network

The Portland Pilots will travel to Taco Bell Arena to take on the Boise State Broncos this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Portland Pilots snapped their 3-game losing streak and improved to 3-4 on the season after defeating the NAIA Multnomah Lions, 112-65, this past Thursday night. Portland used a 17-0 run to take a 29-11 lead midway through the 1st half and had no trouble securing the victory after leading by a 56-30 margin at halftime. Portland shot 60.3% from the field and outrebounded Multnomah by a 52-32 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Pilots was Franklin Porter who had 21 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal. On the season, Portland is averaging 82.9 ppg on 47.9% shooting from the field. The Pilots are averaging 11.4 three-pointers per game on 44.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Portland has been led by Franklin Porter (14.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.7 apg), Josh McSwiggan (13.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.6 apg), JoJo Walker (8.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.1 apg), and Philipp Hartwich (6.4 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 2.9 bpg). Defensively, Portland is allowing their opponents to average 76.1 ppg on 39.0% shooting from the field. The Pilots have a rebound margin of -2.0 and average 4.6 blocked shots per game.

Boise State vs. Portland - 12/3/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Boise State Broncos won their 3rd straight game and improved to 7-1 on the season after upsetting the Oregon Ducks, 73-70m this past Friday. Boise State ended Oregon’s 46-game home winning streak after a half-court shot by Lexus Williams went in as time expired. Boise State shot 43.6% from the field and 36.8% (7-19) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Broncos was Chandler Hutchison who had a double-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 assists. On the season, Boise State is averaging 78.3 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field. The Broncos are averaging 11.5 three-pointers per game on 42.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Boise State has been led by Justinian Jessup (14.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.5 spg), Alex Hobbs (12.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.8 apg), Chandler Hutchison (11.7 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 3.7 apg), and Christian Sengfelder (10.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg). Defensively, Boise State is holding their opponents to an average of 62.5 ppg on 39.7% shooting from the field. The Broncos have a rebound margin of 9.8 and a turnover margin of -2.6.

The Pilots are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games. The Broncos are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. WCC opponents and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

When looking at the numbers, Portland looks like a decent team, however, it’s important to realize that most of those quality numbers came in their 3 wins against the likes of Walla Walla, Oregon Tech, and Multnomah. Boise State has looked great this season ranking 33rd in scoring defense and 25th in 3P-FG% and after beating a good Loyola (CHI) team at home by 34 points last week, I’m taking Boise State to cover this large home spread. 

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