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Portland vs. LMU - 2/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
LMU at Portland
Date & Time Saturday February 9, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
Location
Chiles Center
Portland, OR
The Line
Portland Pilots +8 -- Over/Under: 126
TV Channel
https://wccsports.com/watch/?id=160286
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The Loyola Marymount Lions will travel to the Chiles Center to take on the Portland Pilots this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Loyola Marymount Lions lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 16-8 (4-6 WCC) on the season after being defeated by the San Diego Toreros, 65-63, this past Thursday night. Loyola Marymount led for the majority of the game, however, the Lions offense struggled down the stretch and allowed the Toreros to pick up the road victory after being held scoreless for the final 1:39 of regulation. Loyola Marymount shot 46.9% from the field and 46.7% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Lions was Dameane Douglas who had 15 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists.

On the season, Loyola Marymount is averaging 67.8 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field. The Lions are averaging 5.2 three-pointers per game on 32.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Loyola Marymount has been led by James Batemon (16.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.7 spg), Mattias Markusson (10.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg), Dameane Douglas (8.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.4 apg), and Eli Scott (8.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.9 apg).

Defensively, Loyola Marymount is holding their opponents to an average of 62.1 ppg on 41.8% shooting from the field. The Lions have a rebound margin of 4.4 and a turnover margin of 1.1.

The Portland Pilots lost their 11th straight game and dropped to 7-18 (0-10 WCC) on the season after being defeated by the BYU Cougars, 83-48, this past Thursday. Portland had no answers on either end of the court for the Cougars and couldn’t fight back after the Pilots went into halftime trailing by a 40-21 margin. Portland shot just 31.9% from the field and 27.8% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Pilots was Marcus Shaver Jr. who had 9 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, and a block.

On the season, Portland is averaging 66.8 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field. The Pilots are averaging 6.9 three-pointers per game on 32.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Portland has been led by Marcus Shaver Jr. (15.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.3 spg),  JoJo Walker (11.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.0 spg), Josh McSwiggan (10.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.5 apg), and Franklin Porter (6.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.8 apg).

Defensively, Portland is allowing their opponents to an average of 75.6 ppg on 44.1% shooting from the field. The Pilots have a rebound margin of -5.7 and a turnover margin of -1.6.

The Lions are 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400 and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games following an ATS loss. The Pilots are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up loss and just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.

Loyola Marymount has lost 3 of their last 5 games and although their defense has been solid this season, ranking 13th in scoring defense & 82nd in defensive FG%, the Lions have struggled offensively as the Lions rank just 296th in scoring offense.

Portland continues to search for their first conference victory, however, it’s going to be hard for the Pilots to get that victory as they come into this matchup ranked 314th in scoring offense, 301st in FG%, and 274th in scoring defense.

Loyola Marymount defeated Portland at home by a 76-64 margin earlier this season and as I think their defense will give the Pilots trouble in this one, I think the Lions get back on track and do enough to cover this large home spread. Good Luck!

Pick:
Loyola Marymount Lions -8

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