BYU vs. Portland - 12/28/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Pilots (6-7) at BYU Cougars (11-2)
College Basketball: Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 9:00 pm (Marriott Center)
The Line: BYU Cougars -18 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Portland Pilots and BYU Cougars meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Marriott Center.
The Portland Pilots look for a big road victory here to get back to a .500 record. The Portland Pilots are averaging 71.1 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 79.6 points on 46 percent shooting. Josh McSwiggan is averaging 14.1 points and 4.1 rebounds while Franklin Porter is averaging 12.2 points and 2.5 assists. Marcus Shaver Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and JoJo Walker is grabbing 2.9 rebounds. The Portland Pilots are shooting 42.2 percent from beyond the arc and 64.1 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Pilots are allowing 40.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 28.5 rebounds per game. The Portland Pilots have lost 10 of their last 11 road games.
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The BYU Cougars look to keep the ball rolling while building on their eight-game winning streak. The BYU Cougars are averaging 77.1 points on 48.2 percent shooting and allowing 67.6 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Yoeli Childs is averaging 16.6 points and 8.5 rebounds while Elijah Bryant is averaging 16.4 points and 2.4 assists. TJ Haws is the third double-digit scorer and Zac Seljaas is grabbing 2.4 rebounds. The BYU Cougars are shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 74.7 percent from the free throw line. The BYU Cougars are allowing 33.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.3 rebounds per game. The BYU Cougars have won five straight home games.
The Pilots are 8-18-1 ATS in their last 27 games following a straight up win, 6-17 ATS in their last 23 Thursday games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games. The Cougars are 2-8-2 ATS in their last 12 home games, 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games and 3-7-2 ATS in their last 12 vs. West Coast. The over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Brigham Young and the over is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.
The Portland Pilots have been beat up badly in majority of their road games this season, and they're running into an offensive powerhouse in the BYU Cougars who has treated Portland like a punching bag in past meetings. Portland doesn't have the horses to hang with BYU on the road if those shots are falling, and the Cougars have scored 73 or more points in seven straight games. Give me the Cougars in a blowout.