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UC Riverside vs Portland 12/22/22 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

Portland Pilots (8-6) vs. UC Riverside Highlanders (6-5)
December 22, 2022 5:00 pm EDT
The Line: UC Riverside Highlanders +1 / Portland Pilots -1; Over/Under: +146
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The Portland Pilots and the UC-Riverside Highlanders meet in college basketball action from the SRC Arena on Thursday.

The Portland Pilots will look to bounce back from a 78-56 loss to Oregon in their last game. Tyler Robertson has a team-high 16.4 PPG along with 5.7 RPG and a team-high 6.4 APG to lead the Pilots in the assist department as well up to this point in the season. Moses Wood has 13.7 PPG along with a team-high 6.5 RPG to lead the Pilots on the glass while Kristian Sjolund has 12.9 PPG with 4.1 RPG to cap off the scoring in double figures for Portland so far this season. As a team, Portland is averaging 80.3 PPG on 46.5% shooting from the field, 38.6% from behind the arc and 74.4% from the foul line this season.

The UC-Riverside Highlanders will try to bounce back from back-to-back losses after a 92-84 OT loss to San Diego in their last game. Zyon Pullin leads the Highlanders in scoring with 20.5 PPG along with 4.5 RPG and 3.6 APG to also lead UC-Riverside in assists while Flynn Cameron has 11 PPG with a team-high 5.5 RPG to cap off the pair of double-digit scorers for UC-Riverside up to this point in the season. As a team, UC-Riverside is averaging 73.4 PPG on 45% shooting from the field, 33.8% from three and 71.2% from the foul line this season.

Portland is 15-3 ATS in their last 18 games following a loss and 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS loss while the over is 25-8 in their last 33 games following a loss by 20 or more points. UC-Riverside is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games following a loss while the over is 15-3 in their last 18 games overall.

I get the case to be made for either side in this game, but I like the over here. These are two teams that can pile on the points as scoring into the 70s is something both sides have done with a fair bit of regularity this season and I just think this is one of those games where both teams chip in towards an over between two teams that have combined to go 14-9 to the over this season.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Over 146

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