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

Game
Gonzaga at Portland
Date & Time Saturday January 19, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
Location
Chiles Center
Portland, Oregon
The Line
The Line: Portland +26 -- Over/Under: 151.5
TV Channel
ROOT Sports
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The Gonzaga Bulldogs and Portland Pilots meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Chiles Center.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs look for another win to build on their eight-game winning streak. The Gonzaga Bulldogs are averaging 91.2 points on 52.6 percent shooting and allowing 67.8 points on 38.7 percent shooting. Rui Hachimura is averaging 20.2 points and 6.1 rebounds while Brandon Clarke is averaging 16.8 points and 1.8 assists. Zach Norvell Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Josh Perkins is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The Gonzaga Bulldogs are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 75.1 percent from the free throw line. The Gonzaga Bulldogs are allowing 30.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.7 rebounds per game. The Gonzaga Bulldogs have won two of their last three home games.

The Portland Pilots need a win here to snap a five-game losing streak. The Portland Pilots are averaging 68.7 points on 42.9 percent shooting and allowing 74.2 points on 43 percent shooting. Marcus Shaver Jr. is averaging 15.2 points and 3.1 rebounds while JoJo Walker is averaging 12.6 points and 3.5 assists. Josh McSwiggan is the third double-digit scorer and Franklin Porter is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The Portland Pilots are shooting 33.6 percent from beyond the arc and 67.5 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Pilots are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.3 rebounds per game. The Portland Pilots have lost four of their last five home games.

The Bulldogs are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. West Coast, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Pilots are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 vs. West Coast, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bulldogs are 1-3-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Portland and 3-7-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings. The under is 7-2 in Pilots last 9 overall. The under is 7-1 in Bulldogs last 8 overall.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs have often treated the Portland Pilots like a punching bag over the years, but despite those big blowout wins, they rarely got the best of the number. The numbers indicate that this once again will be a comfortable win for Gonzaga, but the history shows that Portland does just enough to stay within the spread. Gonzaga is on a three-game road trip, so surging and staying healthy should the goal. The Portland Pilots are also allowing just 39.1 percent shooting at home this season. This is the Pilots national championship game. I'll take my chances with the boatload of points.

Pick:
Portland +26

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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