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Portland vs. San Diego - 1/17/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
San Diego at Portland
Date & Time Thursday January 17, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
Location
Earle A. Chiles Center
Portland, OR
The Line
San Diego Toreros -10 -- Over/Under: 135.5
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James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Toreros and the Portland Pilots meet in WCC conference college basketball action from the Earle A. Chiles Center on Thursday night.

The San Diego Toreros come into this game looking for some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 6 games following a 76-71 loss to Pepperdine in their last outing. Isaiah Pineiro led the Toreros with 19 points on 8 of 13 shooting while Olin Carter III added 12 points and Tyler Williams chipped in 11 points with 3 steals. Finn Sullivan added 10 points on 3 of 6 shooting with a pair of threes to round out the group of double-digit scorers for San Diego in the losing effort while Joey Calcaterra added 9 points and a team-high 6 assists and Yauhen Massalski chipped in a team-high 7 rebounds as well in the loss. Pineiro leads the Toreros with an average of 20 points and 8.7 rebounds per game while Williams leads San Diego in assists with 3.4 assists per game this season. As a team, San Diego is averaging 75.8 points per game on 47.9% shooting from the field, 35.1% from behind the 3-point line and 75.3% from the foul line this season.

The Portland Pilots will be looking to snap a 4-game losing skid after dropping 6 of their last 7 games following a 65-57 loss to Pacific last time out. Marcus Shaver Jr. led the Pilots with 25 points on an efficient 9 of 12 shooting with 4 threes, 4 rebounds and 3 assists with a pair of blocks as the only Portland player to score in double figures in the losing effort. Jojo walker added 8 points and 3 steals while Crisshawn Clark had a team-high 5 rebounds in the defeat. Shaver Jr. leads Portland in scoring with 14.8 points per game while Walker leads the Pilots in assists with 3.5 assists per game and Theo Akwuba leads Portland in rebounding with 5.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Portland is averaging 69.4 points per game on 43.6% shooting from the field, 34.1% from behind the 3-point line and 67.9% from the foul line this season.

San Diego is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 5-16-1 ATS in their last 22 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 8-3-1 in their last 12 games following a loss. Portland is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 conference games while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 home games. San Diego is 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams but are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams at Portland.

This is a hard game to call, as you have a double-digit favorite in San Diego who probably doesn’t deserve to be favored by this many points on the road, going up against a Portland squad who hasn’t been very good lately, losing 4 straight, 3 of which have come by double-digits. With that said, I’m going to take a shot with Portland here. The Pilots have been brutal ATS as of late, but they’re only being outscored by a single point per game at home this season, while the Toreros are being outscored by 0.1 points per game on the road this year. I just simply think this is a case of too many points, so if forced to pick this game, I’d take the points at home with Portland, but there are much better options on Thursday’s card.

Pick:
Portland +10

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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