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Portland vs. BYU - 2/7/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

BYU at Portland
Date & Time Thursday February 7, 2019, 11:00 PM (EST)
Earle A. Chiles Center
Portland, OR
The Line
BYU Cougars -12 -- Over/Under: 149.5
TV Channel
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Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

The BYU Cougars and the Portland Pilots meet in WCC college basketball action from the Earle A. Chiles Center on Thursday night.

The BYU Cougars will look to find some form of consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 5 games following a 67-49 win over Loyola Marymount in their last outing. Gavin Baxter led the Cougars with 25 points on 10 of 14 shooting with 10 rebounds for the double-double, while Nick Emery added 17 points on 6 of 10 shooting, including a perfect 5 for 5 from 3-point range to go along with 4 steals as the only other Cougar to score in double figures in the win. TJ Haws added 9 points and 4 assists while Yoeli Childs had 6 points, 9 rebounds, a pair of steals and a pair of blocks. McKay Cannon dished out a team-high 7 assists as well in the win. Childs leads BYU with an average of 21.2 points and 9.5 rebounds per game while Haws leads the Cougars in assists with 5 helpers per game this season. As a team, BYU is averaging 80.6 points per game on 47.4% shooting from the field, 32.2% from behind the 3-point line and 73.3% from the foul line this season.

The Portland Pilots are in desperate need of a win after losing 10 straight and 12 of their last 13 games following a 69-63 overtime loss to Santa Clara in their last outing. Marcus Shaver Jr. led the Pilots with 15 points on 6 of 16 shooting with 3 threes and a pair of steals while Jojo Walker added 13 points with a pair of threes and a team-high 5 assists. Josh McSwiggan had 11 points with a team-high 8 rebounds to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Portland in the losing effort. Shaver Jr. leads Portland in scoring with 15.3 points per game while Walker leads the Pilots in assists with 3.5 assists per game and Theo Akwuba leads Portland in rebounding with 4.8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Portland is averaging 67.6 points per game on 42% shooting from the field, 32.3% from 3-point range and 66.9% from the foul line this season.

BYU is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall. Portland is 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games overall and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 conference games while the under is 7-1 in their last 8 home games. BYU is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams and 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings between these two teams at Portland.

Portland has had a couple of close calls lately, so the points would be worth considering if those game hadn’t been on the road. The Pilots have lost each of their last 3 home games by at least 21 points and already lost to BYU by 23 points on the road this season. BYU isn’t the kind of team that I’m trying to lay double-digits with on the road, but there’s no backing Portland right now. I’ll lay the points with the Cougars here.

BYU -12

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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