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St. Mary's vs. Portland - 2/28/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Portland at St. Mary's
Date & Time Thursday February 28, 2019, 11:00 PM (EST)
McKeon Pavilion
Moraga, California
The Line
The Line: St. Mary's -22 -- Over/Under: 133.5
TV Channel
ROOT Sports
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The Portland Pilots and Saint Mary's Gaels meet Thursday in college basketball action at the McKeon Pavilion.

The Portland Pilots are still looking for their first victory since December 21. The Portland Pilots are averaging 64.2 points on 40.9 percent shooting and allowing 74.8 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Marcus Shaver Jr. is averaging 15 points and 3.3 rebounds while JoJo Walker is averaging 11.8 points and 3.5 assists. Josh McSwiggan is the third double-digit scorer and Franklin Porter is grabbing 3.9 rebounds. The Portland Pilots are shooting 32.7 percent from beyond the arc and 67.1 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Pilots are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 28.9 rebounds per game. The Portland Pilots have lost their last 10 road games.

The Saint Mary's Gaels look to stay hot after winning six of their last seven games. The Saint Mary's Gaels are averaging 74.4 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 65.4 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Jordan Ford is averaging 21.8 points and 2.7 assists while Malik Fitts is averaging 15.8 points and 7.7 rebounds. Jordan Hunter is grabbing 6.4 rebounds and Tanner Krebs is grabbing four rebounds. The Saint Mary's Gaels are shooting 37.8 percent from beyond the arc and 73.9 percent from the free throw line. The Saint Mary's Gaels are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.6 rebounds per game. The Saint Mary's Gaels have won their last 11 home games.

The Pilots are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games. The Gaels are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 home games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games. The Pilots are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in St. Mary's and 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings. The under is 35-16-2 in Gaels last 53 overall. The under is 5-2 in Pilots last 7 overall.

The Portland Pilots haven't only gone more than two months without a victory, but they're losing their last five games by an average of 14.8 points and 12.2 points on the road this season. Portland has had some success i covering games despite all these losses, but when things don't go right, things tend to get ugly for the Pilots. The Saint Mary's Gaels are 11-4 ATS this season at home and 7-3 ATS as a double-digit favorite. The Gaels also want to keep this momentum going with a home game against Gonzaga on deck. This is a steep number to lay, but I'm more confident in Saint Mary's at home than I am Portland on the road.

St. Mary's -22

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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