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Portland vs. San Francisco - 12/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Francisco Dons (8-6) at Portland Pilots (6-8)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 9:00 pm (Chiles Center)

The Line: Portland Pilots +4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Root Sports - Northwest; ESPN College Extra

The San Francisco Dons will travel to the Chiles Center to take on the Portland Pilots this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The San Francisco Dons dropped to 8-6 (0-1 WCC) on the season after being defeated by the San Diego Toreros, 73-63, this past Thursday. San Francisco struggled Offensively in the 1st half and couldn’t fight back after San Diego took a 51-34 lead with 12:47 left in regulation. San Francisco shot just 36.9% from the field and 13.3% (2-15) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Dons was Souley Boum who had 21 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal. On the season, San Francisco is averaging 68.6 ppg on 39.7% shooting from the field. The Dons are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 31.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, San Francisco has been led by Souley Boum (14.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.5 apg), Chase Foster (12.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.4 apg), Jordan Ratinho (9.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg), and Frankie Ferrari (7.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.9 apg). Defensively, San Francisco is holding their opponents to an average of 66.8 ppg on 41.9% shooting from the field. The Dons have a rebound margin of 1.7 and a turnover margin of 0.6.

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Portland vs. San Francisco - 12/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Portland Pilots had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 6-8 (0-1 WCC) on the season after being defeated by the BYU Cougars, 69-45, this past Thursday. Portland had no answers on the offensive end throughout the game and couldn’t fight back after a 12-0 Cougars run gave BYU a 56-39 lead with 6:14 left in regulation. Portland shot just 29.3% from the field and 25.9% (7-27) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Pilots was Franklin Porter who had 9 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Portland is averaging 74.4 ppg on 42.1% shooting from the field. The Pilots have a rebound margin of -4.3 and a turnover margin of -0.1. Offensively, Portland has been led by Josh McSwiggan (13.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.9 apg), Franklin Porter (12.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.4 apg), Marcus Shaver Jr. (10.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.4 apg), and JoJo Walker (9.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.0 spg). Defensively, Portland is allowing their opponents to average 74.4 ppg on 42.1% shooting from the field. The Pilots have a rebound margin of -4.3 and a turnover margin of -0.1.

The Dons are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Saturday games however, are just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Pilots are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. WCC opponents and just 1-7 ATS in their last 8 road games.

San Francisco has won 5 of their last 8 games, which includes a nice 66-64 victory over a tough Nevada team, and has been led by their defense this season that ranks 71st in scoring defense and 112th in defensive FG%. Portland has won 3 of their last 5 games and although the Pilots rank just T-195th in scoring offense, Portland can be a dangerous team from beyond the arc as they rank 29th in three-pointers made per game and 29th in 3P-FG%. San Francisco can struggle on the offensive end as they rank 295th in scoring offense, 331st in FG%, and 3005th in 3P-FG% and as I don’t think this will improve on the road, I think Portland can do enough damage from beyond the arc to keep this on within the number. Take Portland and the points. 

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