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Gonzaga vs. Portland - 1/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Portland Pilots (6-11) at Gonzaga Bulldogs (14-3)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 9:00 pm (McCarthey Athletic Center)

The Line: Gonzaga Bulldogs -31 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: College Extra

The Portland Pilots and Gonzaga Bulldogs meet Thursday in college basketball action at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

The Portland Pilots could use a statement win to snap a four-game losing streak. The Portland Pilots are averaging 68.5 points on 43.1 percent shooting and allowing 78.6 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Josh McSwiggan is averaging 13.4 points and 4.3 rebounds while Franklin Porter is averaging 11.2 points and 2.2 assists. Marcus Shaver Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and JoJo Walker is grabbing 2.6 rebounds. The Portland Pilots are shooting 39.4 percent from beyond the arc and 64.7 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Pilots are allowing 38.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 28.6 rebounds per game. The Portland Pilots haven’t won a road game since December of 2016. 

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Gonzaga vs. Portland - 1/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Gonzaga Bulldogs look to stay hot after winning seven of their last eight games. The Gonzaga Bulldogs are averaging 89.9 points on 51.1 percent shooting and allowing 70.4 points on 41 percent shooting. Johnathan Williams is averaging 14.5 points and 7.3 rebounds while Josh Perkins is averaging 13.5 points and 5.6 assists. Zach Norvell Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Killian Tillie is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The Gonzaga Bulldogs are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 73.4 percent from the free throw line. The Gonzaga Bulldogs are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.1 rebounds per game. The Gonzaga Bulldogs have won nine straight home games.

The Pilots are 7-18 ATS in their last 25 Thursday games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games. The Bulldogs are 18-7-2 ATS in their last 27 Thursday games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 38-17-3 ATS in their last 58 games overall. The Pilots are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Gonzaga, 6-2-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings and the road team is 5-2-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs have a long history of wiping the floor with teams in their conference that can't hang, which explains this number. But once you start getting above 20 points and throwing out crazy numbers, I like to make a case for the underdog. I just don't like laying big chalk, never have, never will. Portland is a top-40 team in three point percentage and could hang around if some of those fall. Gonzaga also has a date with Saint Mary's in a week, so maybe there's some lookahead. Look, Gonzaga probably wins big, but if I'm betting it, I want the points.

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