San Francisco vs Portland College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/7/21

San Francisco vs Portland College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/7/21 Photo by James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Portland Pilots (6-3) at San Francisco Dons (7-5)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 9:00 pm (War Memorial Gymnasium)

The Line: San Francisco Dons -17.5 -- Over/Under: 144 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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

The Portland Pilots will look to bounce back after falling to 6-3 on the year with an 84-68 loss to Seattle in their last matchup. Ahmed Ali leads the Pilots in scoring and in the assists department with 19 PPG as well as 3 APG to go along with his 3.4 RPG while Eddie Davis has 11.3 PPG to sit 2nd in scoring while leading the Pilots in rebounding with 5.6 RPG this season as the only other double-digit scorer for Portland heading into Thursday’s matchup. Latrell Jones has 9.7 PPG and 4.9 RPG this season while Isiah Dasher has 9 PPG and Michael Henn adding 7.8 PPG with 4.8 RPG this season. As a team, Portland is averaging 73.4 PPG on 41.6% shooting from the field, 30% from behind the arc and 77.4% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 75.8 PPG on 44.2% shooting from the field and 34.3% from 3-point range this season.

The San Francisco Dons will look to add to their 7-5 record overall despite an 85-62 loss to Gonzaga in their last matchup. Jamaree Bouyea leads the Dons in scoring and in assists with 18 PPG as well as 3.9 APG while Khalil Shabazz is 2nd in scoring with 14.3 PPG and Dzmitry Ryunyhas 10.3 PPG while also leading the Dons on the glass with 6.3 RPG this season. As a team, San Francisco is averaging 74.4 PPG on 43.5% shooting from the field, 36.9% from 3-point range and 71.5% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 69 PPG on 42.6% shooting from the field and 27.3% from behind the 3-point line this season.

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Portland is 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 road games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 9-4-1 in their last 14 road games against a team with a winning home record. San Francisco is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

Normally you see a 7-5 team against a 6-3 team and laying this kind of number feels insane. However, half of Portland’s wins have come against subdivision teams while all San Francisco has done is play up to most of their opposition, with a pair of losses against teams in the top-20 right now. I just think the Dons are far more battle tested and are the better team that’ll simply outplay Portland on Thursday to the tune of a 20+ point win so I’ll lay the points with San Francisco in a beatdown.

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Chris’s Pick San Francisco -17.5

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

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