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Portland vs. San Diego - 1/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Diego Toreros (11-3) at Portland Pilots (6-9)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 10:00 pm (Chiles Center)

The Line: Portland Pilots +7 -- Over/Under: 135 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT Sports - Northwest; NBC Sports - Bay Arena Plus; AT&T Sportsnet - Southwest; ESPN College Extra

The San Diego Toreros will travel to the Chiles Center to take on the Portland Pilots this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The San Diego Toreros won their 3rd straight game and improved to 11-3 (2-0 WCC) on the season after defeating the Pepperdine Waves, 74-66, this past Saturday. San Diego went into halftime with a 38-30 lead and although the Toreros led throughout the 2nd half, San Diego didn’t put this game away until they took a 71-63 lead with :27 seconds left in regulation. San Diego shot 43.4% from the field and 39.3% (11-28) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Toreros was Olin Carter III who had 27 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal. On the season, San Diego is averaging 71.9 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field. The Toreros are averaging 8.8 three-pointers per game on 35.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, San Diego has been led by Isaiah Pineiro (14.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.1 spg, 1.2 bpg), Isaiah Wright (13.8 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 6.2 apg, 1.5 spg), Olin Carter III (12.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.7 apg), and Tyler Williams (10.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.7 apg). Defensively, San Diego is holding their opponents to an average of 61.6 ppg on 36.8% shooting from the field. The Toreros have a rebound margin of 0.5 and a turnover margin of 0.5.

Portland vs. San Diego - 1/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Portland Pilots lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 6-9 (0-2 WCC) on the season after being defeated by the San Francisco Dons, 84-61, this past Saturday. Portland had no answers on the defensive end for the Dons and couldn’t fight back after the Pilots trailed by a 46-28 margin at halftime. Portland allowed San Francisco to shoot 43.3% from the field and was outrebounded by the Dons by a 51-23 margin. Leading the way for the Pilots was Marcus Shaver Jr. who had 12 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Portland is averaging 73.6 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field. The Pilots are averaging 9.5 three-pointers per game on 39.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Portland has been led by Josh McSwiggan (13.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.9 apg), Franklin Porter (11.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.3 apg), Marcus Shaver Jr. (11.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.3 apg), and JoJo Walker (9.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.1 spg). Defensively, Portland is allowing their opponents to average 75.0 ppg on 42.2% shooting from the field.

The Toreros are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games following three or more consecutive road games and 20-7-1 ATS in their last 28 raod games. The Pilots are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 1-8 ATS in their last 9 home games.

San Diego has been a nice surprise to start the season and have solid road wins against Grand Canyon, New Mexico State, and Colorado. The Toreros have been led by their defense that ranks 15th in scoring defense and 5th in defensive FG%. Portland has lost 5 of their last 8 games and has struggled from both ends of the court as the Pilots rank just 206th in scoring offense and 242nd in scoring defense. Portland has been awful at home ATS as of late and as the Toreros have shown that they can play on the road this season, I’m taking Portland to cover this road spread. 

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