San Francisco at Portland: 1/14/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

San Francisco at Portland: 1/14/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Portland Pilots (6-5) vs San Francisco Dons (8-6)

Game Info: Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Earle A. Chiles Center)

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The San Francisco Dons will travel to the Childes Center to take on the Portland Pilots this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The San Francisco Dons dropped to 8-6 on the season after being defeated by the Loyola-Marymount Lions, 68-60, this past Sunday. San Francisco struggled on the offensive end and could not fight back after a 7-0 Lions run gave Loyola-Marymount a 61-54 lead with 2:20 left in regulation. San Francisco shot 40.0% from the field and 29.2% from beyond the arc while Loyola-Marymount shot 45.1% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc. San Francisco was outrebounded by Loyola-Marymount by a 37-27 margin and committed 17 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Dons was Khalil Shabazz who had 16 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, & 6 steals.

On the season, San Francisco is averaging 74.4 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Dons are averaging 10.9 three-pointers per game on 36.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, San Francisco has been led by Jamaree Bouyea (17.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.4 spg), Khalil Shabazz (14.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.6 spg), Dzmitry Ryuny (10.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.1 spg), & Taavi Jurkatamm (6.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.9 apg).

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Defensively, San Francisco is allowing their opponents to average 68.6 ppg on 42.5% shooting from the field. The Dons have a rebound margin of -0.7 and a turnover margin of -0.7.

The Portland Pilots lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 6-5 on the season after being defeated by the top-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs, 116-88, this past Saturday. Portland had no answers on the defensive end for the high-powered Gonzaga offense and could not fight back after the Bulldogs took a 56-35 lead into halftime. Portland shot 41.8% from the field and 48.1% from beyond the arc while Gonzaga shot 62.9% from the field and 23.5% from beyond the arc. Portland was outrebounded by Gonzaga by a 42-27 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 13-8 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Pilots was Ahmed Ali who had 19 points & 3 assists.

On the season, Portland is averaging 73.9 ppg on 41.4% shooting from the field. The Pilots are averaging 6.3 three-pointers per game on 32.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Portland has been led by Ahmed Ali (18.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.1 spg), Eddie Davis (10.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.2 apg), Isiah Dasher (9.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.6 spg), & Latrell Jones (9.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.1 apg).

Defensively, Portland is allowing their opponents to average 80.5 ppg on 46.7% shooting from the field. The Pilots have a rebound margin of -5.5 and a turnover margin of 0.6.

The Dons are 7-16 ATS in their last 23 games following a straight up loss and just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Pilots are 17-35 ATS in their last 52 Thursday games and just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win.

San Francisco was able to easily defeat Portland by an 88-64 margin at home about a week ago, and although the Dons have struggled at times putting up points, it shouldn’t be too much of an issue in this one as Portland comes into this game ranked just 319th in scoring defense & 293rd in defensive FG%. San Francisco has two great players in Jamaree Bouyea & Khalil Shabazz and as I think their offense bounces back after a tough game at Loyola-Marymount, I think San Francisco does enough to cover this road spread. Good Luck!

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