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Portland vs. Santa Clara - 3/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Santa Clara at Portland
Date & Time Saturday March 2, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
Location
Chiles Center
Portland, OR
The Line
Portland Pilots +4.5 -- Over/Under: 133.5
TV Channel
https://wccsports.com/watch/?id=162881
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NCAA BB | Santa Clara at Portland
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The Santa Clara Broncos will travel to the Chiles Center to take on the Portland Pilots this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Santa Clara Broncos had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 15-14 (7-8 WCC) on the season after being defeated by the Loyola-Marymount Lions, 72-70, this past Thursday. Santa Clara led by a 48-31 margin at halftime, however, was dominated on both ends of the court in the 2nd half agianst the Lions and allowed Loyola-Marymount to fight back from a 20-point deficit to get the victory. Santa Clara shot 42.6% from the field and 37.5% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Broncos was Tahj Eaddy who had 28 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists.

On the season, Santa Clara is averaging 68.7 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field. The Broncos are averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game on 35.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Santa Clara has been led by Tahj Eaddy (14.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.2 apg), Josip Walker (14.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.3 apg), Trey Wertz (12.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.6 apg), and Keshawn Justice (10.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.8 apg).

Defensively, Santa Clara is allowing their opponents to average 70.6 ppg on 43.1% shooting from the field. The Broncos have a rebound margin of -0.7 and a turnover margin of -3.2.

The Portland Pilots lost their 16th consecutive game and dropped to 7-23 (0-15 WCC) on the season after being defeated by the Saint Mary’s Gaels, 65-48, this past Thursday. Portland had no answers on the offensive end agianst the tough Gaels defense and couldn’t fight back after they went into halftime trailing by a 34-17 margin. Portland shot just 34.0% from the field and 23.1% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Pilots was Marcus Shaver Jr. who had 13 points, 3 rebounds, 1 block, and 2 steals.

On the season, Portland is averaging 65.6 ppg on 41.5% shooting from the field. The Pilots are averaging 6.7 three-pointers per game on 32.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Portland has been led by Marcus Shaver Jr. (14.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.3 spg), JoJo Walker (11.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.0 spg), Josh McSwiggan (9.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.5 apg), and Franklin Porter (6.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.9 apg).

Defensively, Portland is allowing their opponents to average 74.8 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Pilots have a rebound margin of -5.3 and a turnover margin of -1.9.

The Broncos are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 game s overall. The Pilots are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.

Santa Clara has lost 3 of their last 5 games and currently rank 283rd in scoring offense, 158th in scoring defense, and 139th in defensive FG%.

Portland continues to search for their first WCC win of the season and currently rank 324th in scoring offense, 307th in FG%, and 259th in scoring defense.

Both of these teams haven’t had the greatest seasons, however, both the Broncos & Pilots have been incredible ATS lately. Santa Clara is the better team, however, the Pilots gave the Broncos a game in Santa Clara earlier this season and as I was actually impressed by the Pilots OT loss in their last home game agianst San Francisco, I think the Pilots will keep this one close and at worst cover with the points. Good Luck!

Pick:
Portland Pilots +4.5

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