Portland vs. Pacific - 1/16/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Pacific Tigers (14-5) at Portland Pilots (9-9)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 10:00 pm (Earle A. Chiles Center)
The Line: Portland Pilots +3.5 -- Over/Under: 128.5
The Pacific Tigers and the Portland Pilots meet in college basketball action from Chiles Center on Thursday.
Pacific sits at 14-5 so far. The Tigers are 2-2 in their last four games, beating Pepperdine and Saint Mary’s while otherwise falling to UC Irvine and San Francisco during that stretch.
In the loss to the Dons, Pacific’s Jahbril Price-Noel led the team on 20 points with eight rebounds. Jahlil Tripp added 19 points with seven rebounds and five assists there, and Gary Chivichyan had 10 points.
Over on the Pilots’ side, they’re 9-9 so far. Portland is just 1-6 in their last seven games, beating San Francisco while otherwise falling to Jackson State, Houston, Boise State, Ball State, Gonzaga and BYU in that stretch.
In the loss to the Cougars, Portland’s Malcolm Porter led the team on 16 points with four rebounds and two assists. Jacob Tryon added 12 points with eight assists and six rebounds there, and Theo Akwuba doubled up on 10 points and 10 boards.
The over is 5-2 in the Pilots’ last seven overall and the under is 8-3 in their last 11 Thursday games. Portland is 3-9 ATS in their last 12 Thursday games and 1-4 ATS in their last five after an ATS loss.
Meanwhile, the Tigers are 5-0 ATS in their last five after a straight-up loss and 13-5-1 ATS in their last 19 Thursday games. Pacific is 4-1 ATS in their last five after an ATS loss and the over is 5-2 in their last seven overall.
Pacific had a pretty stiff scoring lull versus UC Irvine and Pepperdine, combining for just 115 points in that pair of games. Since then, the Tigers have been better offensively with a total of 186 points in two games.
As for Portland, they put up a pretty good effort against San Francisco but aside from that they’ve been giving up points by the truckload lately. I have to stick with Pacific on the cover here.