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San Diego vs. Portland - 3/7/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Portland at San Diego
Date & Time Thursday March 7, 2019, 11:00 PM (EST)
Location
Orleans Arena
Las Vegas, NV
The Line
San Diego Toreros -13.5 -- O/U: 133
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NCAA BB | Portland at San Diego
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The Portland Pilots and the San Diego Toreros meet in a WCC tournament first round matchup in college basketball action from the Orleans Arena on Thursday night.

The Portland Pilots come into the conference tournament as the last-place team, sitting at the #10 spot after finishing the year with a 7-24 record, including a winless 0-16 conference record this season. Portland didn’t have the hardest non-conference portion of their schedule, with their most nameworthy losses coming at Colorado, against Texas State at home and against North Texas on a neutral floor. A 54-39 win over Florida A&M was where the winning stopped for Portland as the Pilots went on to lost their last 17 games to finish the year, and their last 22 conference regular season games dating back to last season. Marcus Shaver Jr. led Portland in scoring with 15 points per game while JoJo Walker was 2nd with 11.5 points along with a team-high 3.4 assists per game. Theo Akwuba led the Pilots in rebounding with 4.1 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Portland is averaging 65.5 points per game on 41.6% shooting from the field, 32.3% from behind the arc and 67% from the foul line this season.

The San Diego Toreros come into this game with the #7 seed after finishing the year 18-13 overall, including 7-9 in conference play. San Diego booked themselves fairly tough out of conference, starting with a narrow 3-point loss to potential Pac-12 regular season champion Washington in just their 3rd game of the season. The Toreros picked up a win over Colorado and a solid road win over San Diego State as well as road losses to Ole Miss and Oregon. The Toreros also had impressive showings against Washington State and Drake on a neutral floor. Consistency was a major issue with the Toreros once conference play got going, as San Diego alternated wins and losses in their first 6 conference games, in games 7-10 and in their final 5 games of the season. Isaiah Pineiro leads San Diego in scoring and rebounding with 19.2 points and 9.5 rebounds per game while Olin Carter III came 2nd in scoring with 15.9 points per game and Isaiah Wright is 3rd with 13.2 points along with a team-high 4.8 assists per game this season. As a team, San Diego is averaging 72.9 points per game on 46% shooting from the field, 34.8% from behind the arc and 73.8% from the foul line this season.

Portland is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 Thursday games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record. San Diego is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record. Portland is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

I agree with San Diego being favored here after how Portland played during conference play this season. However, San Diego hasn’t exactly been blowing teams out lately, and even though the Toreros won by double-digits in the last meeting with Portland, San Diego only won by 11 as 16.5-point favorites. I’m not saying Portland wins, but the Pilots have been decent at covering the number down the stretch, so I’ll take a shot with Portland and the points as anything can happen in the conference tournament.

Pick:
Portland +13.5

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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