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Portland vs. Saint Mary's-California - 2/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Saint Mary's-California Gaels (24-4) at Portland Pilots (10-18)
Date & Time Saturday February 17, 2018, 10:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Portland Pilots +14 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
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NCAA BB | Saint Mary's-California Gaels (24-4) at Portland Pilots (10-18)
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The Saint Mary's Gaels and Portland Pilots meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Chiles Center.

The Saint Mary's Gaels need a win here to snap a string of back-to-back losses. The Saint Mary's Gaels are averaging 78.6 points on 52.4 percent shooting and allowing 64.6 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Jock Landale is averaging 22 points and 10.7 rebounds while Calvin Hermanson is averaging 11.1 points and 1.2 assists. Emmett Naar is the third double-digit scorer and Jordan Ford is grabbing 2.2 rebounds. The Saint Mary's Gaels are shooting 41.4 percent from beyond the arc and 77 percent from the free throw line. The Saint Mary's Gaels are allowing 31.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.3 rebounds per game. The Saint Mary's Gaels have won seven of their last eight road games.

The Portland Pilots need a win here after losing five of their last seven games. The Portland Pilots are averaging 70.1 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 73.8 points on 43 percent shooting. Marcus Shaver Jr. is averaging 11.6 points and 2.3 assists while Josh McSwiggan is averaging 11.3 points and 3.9 rebounds. Franklin Porter is the third double-digit scorer and JoJo Walker is grabbing 2.1 rebounds. The Portland Pilots are shooting 38.5 percent from beyond the arc and 66.7 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Pilots are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.5 rebounds per game. The Portland Pilots have lost five of their last seven home games.

The Gaels are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games. The Pilots are 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 home games, 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games and 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Gaels are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Portland, 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the road team is 11-4 ATS in the last 15 meetings.

The Saint Mary's Gaels have a history of smoking Portland over the years, and that includes a 17 point victory last month. The Portland Pilots haven't had consistent success at all this season and are being outscored by 4.6 points at home. However, Portland has done a good job of covering numbers this season, but it's easier to cover games when not playing Saint Mary's or Gonzaga, as there's a decent drop off from those two teams. The Gaels have been rock solid and are usually a decent bet when the line isn't too crazy. 

Pick:
Saint Mary's-California Gaels -14

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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