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Portland vs. Pacific - 1/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pacific Tigers (8-10) at Portland Pilots (6-12)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 10:00 pm (Chiles Center)

The Line: Portland Pilots +4.5 -- Over/Under: 144.5 See the Latest Odds

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We have some West Coast Conference action on the hardwood as the Pacific Tigers square off against the Portland Pilots in a college basketball matchup on Saturday night.

The Pacific Tigers will look to build some momentum after putting together wins in 3 of their last 4 games following a 74-70 victory over San Diego last time out. Miles Reynolds led the team with 17 points and 6 rebounds, while Jack Williams added 13 points. Roberto Gallinat chipped in 12 points with a team-high 3 assists, while Jahlil Tripp added 10 points to round out the scoring in double figures for the Tigers, while the quartet also combined to go a perfect 23 of 23 from the foul line, as Pacific missed just 2 of their 35 free throw attempts in the win. Gallinat leads the team in scoring with 12.6 points per game, while Tripp leads the team with 8.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Pacific is scoring 72.6 points per game on 44.8% shooting from the field, 31% from behind the arc and 73.4% from the foul line this season.

Portland vs. Pacific - 1/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Portland Pilots will still be looking for their first conference win of the year after falling to 0-5 in WCC play after their 103-57 drubbing at the hands of Gonzaga last time out. Marcus Shaver led the team with 16 points on 6 of 13 shooting with a pair of threes in 20 minutes, while Franklin Porter added 11 points and a team-high 3 assists as the lone pair of Pilots to finish in double figures scoring in the loss. Josh McSwiggan added 8 points and shared the team lead with 5 rebounds, but still leads the team in scoring this season with 13.1 points per game, while JoJo Walker leads the way in assists with 2.6 helpers per game and Philipp Hartwich leads the team in rebounding with 8.6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Portland is scoring 72.4 points per game on 44.7% shooting from the field, 38.8% from behind the arc and 64.7% from the foul line this season.

Pacific is 0-4-2 ATS in their last 6 road games and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 conference matchups while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 road games against a team with a winning home record. Portland is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. The underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams. 

When the trends are stacked up side by side against each other, including the head-to-head, you’d probably give an edge to Portland at home with the points. The problem with that is that Pacific has actually looked pretty good lately, and Portland just can’t be trusted as they’re looking exactly like what I think they are, and that’s the worst team in the WCC. Laying points on the road isn’t ideal, but I think this is a spot where you can feel alright doing it so lay the points on the road with Pacific here.

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