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Portland vs. BYU - 1/10/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Portland Pilots vs. BYU Cougars
Date & Time Thursday January 10, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
Marriott Center
Provo, Utah
The Line
The Line: BYU -17 -- Over/Under: 157
TV Channel
BYU TV
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NCAA BB | Portland Pilots vs. BYU Cougars
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The Portland Pilots and BYU Cougars meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Marriott Center.

The Portland Pilots could use a win here after losing seven of their last nine games. The Portland Pilots are averaging 71.1 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 74.3 points on 42.5 percent shooting. Marcus Shaver Jr. is averaging 14.6 points and 2.8 rebounds while JoJo Walker is averaging 13.6 points and 3.8 assists. Josh McSwiggan is the third double-digit scorer and Franklin Porter is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Portland Pilots are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 68.3 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Pilots are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.7 rebounds per game. The Portland Pilots have lost their last four road games.

The BYU Cougars could also use a win after losing four of their last five games. The BYU Cougars are averaging 83.8 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allowing 79.8 points on 43 percent shooting. Yoeli Childs is averaging 22.6 points and 10.2 rebounds while TJ Haws is averaging 17.8 points and 4.8 assists. Jahshire Hardnett is the third double-digit scorer and Zac Seljaas is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The BYU Cougars are shooting 31.5 percent from beyond the arc and 73.7 percent from the free throw line. The BYU Cougars are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.7 rebounds per game. The BYU Cougars have won seven of their last eight home games.

The Pilots are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. West Coast and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Cougars are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. West Coast and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Pilots are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The over is 4-1 in Cougars last 5 overall. The over is 7-0-1 in Pilots last 8 road games.

The BYU Cougars are easily the better team in this matchup and have a history of beating lesser teams into the ground with a high powered offense. The Portland Pilots have failed to cover eight of their last 10 games and are being outscored by 12.5 points in their last five games. Portland just hasn't done enough this season to suggest it can hang around on the road against what's an offensive powerhouse. As long as BYU is hitting those outside shots, this game is likely going to get ugly for the Portland Pilots. 

Pick:
BYU Cougars -17

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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