North Carolina at Portland - 11/24/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Portland Pilots (4-2) vs North Carolina Tar Heels (4-0)

Game Info: Thursday, November 24, 2022 at 1:00 pm (Moda Center at the Rose Quarter)

Betting Odds: Portland Pilots +13.5 -- Over/Under: 152 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The North Carolina Tar Heels and Portland Pilots face off on Thursday in a college basketball showdown at the Moda Center. When these two teams faced off in 2017 it was North Carolina that secured the 102-78 victory. 

North Carolina sits with a 4-0 record, but he has gone 1-3 against the spread so far this season. In the last game against James Madison, North Carolina was quite impressive giving up only 64 points, and they ended up winning by 14 points. North Carolina is averaging 80.8 points while their defense is giving up 68 points per game. The offense is ranked 71st in the league. Armando Bacot has been the top player for North Carolina averaging 18.2 points while shooting 51.2 percent from the field. There are four different players that are averaging at least 10.5 points per game. 

On the other side of this matchup is Portland who sits with a 4-2 record and they have gone 2-3 against the spread. In the last game against Seattle, the defense really struggled giving up 80 points, and they ended up losing by 12 points. Two games ago against Air Force, Portland was able to secure the 64-51 victory. The Pilots are averaging 79.2 points while their defense is giving up 69.2 points per game. Guard Tyler Robertson has been the top player for Portland averaging 17.5 points while shooting 41.4 percent from the field and 35 percent from behind the three-point line. 

The Tar Heels are 6-0 in their last six games played on a neutral site. The over is 5-1 in Portland’s last six games following a double-digit loss at home. The under is 4-1 in the Tar Heels last five games. The under is 9-2 in Portland’s last 11 games following a straight up loss.

North Carolina finally looked like one of the top teams in country in the last game against a very good James Madison team. The offense put up 80 points and they are going to run up the score again in this game. Portland’s offense is also going to run up the score as they are averaging 79.2 points per game. This game is going to be a shootout, and the over is going to cash. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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