San Francisco vs. Portland - 2/27/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Francisco vs. Portland - 2/27/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Portland Pilots (9-20) at San Francisco Dons (18-11)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 10:00 pm (War Memorial Gymnasium)

The Line: San Francisco Dons -17.5 -- Over/Under: 136.5

TV: WCC.tv

The Portland Pilots and the San Francisco Dons meet in WCC college basketball action from the War Memorial Gymnasium on Thursday night.

The Portland Pilots will be out to snap a 12-game losing streak to get out of the basement of the WCC, sitting at 1-13 in conference play after a 66-58 loss to Loyola Marymount last time out. Isaiah White leads the Pilots in scoring with 12.2 PPG while JoJo Walker is 2nd in scoring with 11.2 PPG. Jacob Tryon leads the Pilots on the glass with 5 RPG while Chase Adams has a team-high 3.7 APG for the Pilots this season. As a team, Portland is averaging 66.6 points on 43.1% shooting from the field, 33.3% from 3-point range and 66.8% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 71.7 points on 43.2% shooting from the field and 33.5% from 3-point range this season. Portland is 2-7 straight up and 4-4-1 against the spread on the road this season.

The San Francisco Dons will look to climb some ranks in the WCC standings down the stretch, sitting at 7-7 in conference play after a 63-61 loss to Pepperdine last time out. Charles Minlend leads the Dons in scoring with 14.7 PPG while Jamaree Bouyea is 2nd in scoring and tops in assists with 12.5 PPG and 3.5 APG this season. Jimbo Lull has 11.6 PPG and 7.4 RPG while Khalil Shabazz has 10.2 PPG this season. As a team, San Francisco is averaging 74.7 points on 43.6% shooting from the field, 33.5% from 3-point range and 72.2% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 69.6 points on 45% shooting from the field and 38.3% from 3-point range this season. San Francisco is 11-5 straight up and 6-9 against the spread at home this season.

I can understand San Francisco being favored in this spot, but even though Portland is the worst team in the conference, I’m not sure that the Dons are nearly 20 points better than Portland, even at home. Portland’s allowing 76 points per game in their last 5 games, but San Francisco is only scoring 62.2 points per game in that same timeframe. I’ll take Portland and the points here even though I’m probably staying far away from this one.

Chris’s Pick Portland +17.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.