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San Diego vs. Portland - 2/21/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Portland at San Diego
Date & Time Thursday February 21, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
Location
Jenny Craig Pavilion
San Diego, CA
The Line
San Diego Toreros -18.5 -- Over/Under: 135.5
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The Portland Pilots and the San Diego Toreros meet in WCC college basketball action from the Jenny Craig Pavilion on Thursday night.

The Portland Pilots will look to snap a 13-game losing streak after a 68-63 overtime loss to San Francisco in their last outing. Marcus Shaver Jr. led the Pilots with 15 points along with a team-high 8 rebounds while Jojo Walker added 11 points and a team-high 5 assists. Tahirou Diabate added 10 points in 12 minutes to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Portland in the losing effort. Hugh Hogland added 4 points and 7 rebounds as well in the loss. Shaver Jr. leads Portland in scoring with 15.2 points per game while Walker leads the Pilots in assists with 3.5 assists per game and Theo Akwuba leads Portland in rebounding with 4.5 boards per game this season. As a team, Portland is averaging 66.3 points per game on 41.4% shooting from the field, 31.8% from behind the arc and 67.2% from the foul line this season.

The San Diego Toreros will look to bounce back from a 3-game losing streak following a 79-67 loss to Gonzaga in their last outing. Isaiah Pineiro led the Toreros with 20 points while Olin Carter III added 14 points and Tyler Williams chipped in 12 points on 4 of 6 from 3-point range and a team-high 4 assists to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for San Diego in the loss. Isaiah Wright chipped in 9 points with 4 assists while Yauhen Massalski added 8 rebounds and 3 blocks. Pineiro leads San Diego with an average of 19.3 points and 9 rebounds per game while Williams leads the Toreros in assists with 3.2 assists per game this season. As a team, San Diego is averaging 73.6 points per game on 46.9% shooting from the field, 34.8% from behind the 3-point and 74.6% from the foul line this season.

Portland is 6-15 ATS in their last 21 games overall and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 conference games. San Diego is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 5-16-1 ATS in their last 22 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 7-3-1 in their last 11 Thursday games. Portland is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams at San Diego. The underdog is 15-3 ATS in the last 18 meetings between these two teams and the road team is 10-2 ATS in the last 12 meetings between these two teams.

I can definitely understand San Diego being favored here, with Portland being the worst team in the WCC on the road against a San Diego team that already beat the Pirates at home by 21 a month ago. However, these two teams have a history of playing each other close, with 4 of the last 5 meetings being decided by 7 points or less. The underdog has also had an immense amount of success between these two teams. I just think this is a case of too many points, so I’ll take them and side with Portland here.

Pick:
Portland +18.5

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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