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Portland vs. Pacific - 1/12/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Pacific at Portland
Date & Time Saturday January 12, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
Location
Chiles Center
Portland, OR
The Line
Portland Pilots +4 -- Over/Under: 141
TV Channel
ROOT Sports; NBC Sports - Bay Area Plus; The W.TV
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NCAA BB | Pacific at Portland
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The Pacific Tigers will travel to the Chiles Center to take on the Portland Pilots this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Pacific Tigers lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 10-8 (0-3 WCC) on the season after being defeated by the 5th ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs, 67-36, this past Thursday. Pacific has no answers on the offensive end for the Gonzaga defense, and couldn’t fight back after falling behind by a 34-15 margin at halftime. Pacific shot just 26.7% from the field and committed 22 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Tigers was Anthony Townes who had 6 points, 7 rebounds, and a block.

On the season, Pacific is averaging 73.2 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 6.4 three-pointers per game on 34.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Pacific has been led by Roberto Gallinat (14.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg), Lafayette Dorsey (11.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.2 apg), Jahlil Tripp (11.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.5 spg), and Anthony Townes (9.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg).

Defensively, Pacific is allowing their opponents to average 73.4 ppg on 46.6% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 3.1 and a turnover margin of -0.4.

The Portland Pilots lost their 3rd consecutive game and dropped to 7-10 (0-2 WCC) on the season after being defeated by the BYU Cougars, 79-56, this past Thursday. Portland trailed by just a 36-30 margin at halftime, however, couldn’t fight back after a 15-2 Cougars run gave BYU a 69-45 lead with 6:11 left in regulation. Portland shot 37.3% from the field and 26.1% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Pilots was Franklin Porter who had 14 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, and a steal.

On the season, Portland is averaging 70.2 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field. The Pilots are averaging 7.1 three-pointers per game on 34.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Portland has been led by Marcus Shaver Jr. (14.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.4 spg), JoJo Walker (13.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.1 spg), Josh McSwiggan (12.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.8 apg), and Franklin Porter (7.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.9 apg).

Defensively, Portland is allowing their opponents to average 74.6 ppg on 42.8% shooting from the field. The Pilots have a rebound margin of -4.4 and a turnover margin of -1.4.

The Tigers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss of more than 20 points, however, are 11-24 ATS in their last 35 Saturday games. The Pilots are 4-12-2 ATS in their last 18 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.

Pacific has lost 4 of their last 5 games and have really struggled defensively as they come into this game ranked just 232nd in scoring defense & 306th in defensive FG%. Portland has lost 5 of their last 6 games and currently rank 269th in scoring offense & 250th in scoring defense.

Pacific might be 0-3 in WCC play, however, it hasn’t been the easily schedule to start conference play with a home game at BYU and road games at San Diego & Gonzaga. Portland is just 1-4 ATS over their last 5 games, and between the fact that Pacific is the more talented team and has won their last two games at Portland, I think Portland does enough to cover this road spread. 

Pick:
Pacific Tigers -4

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