Gonzaga vs Portland Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/22/24

Portland (9-19) vs Gonzaga (20-6)

Game Info: Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 9:00 pm (Chiles Center)

Betting Odds: Portland -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Portland Pilots and the Gonzaga Bulldogs will meet in West Coast Conference play this Thursday from the Chiles Arena on the WCC Network. Gonzaga leads the current series, 98-48, and they enter as 21.5-point road favorites, with the total sitting at 161. Stay tuned for our Gonzaga vs Portland Prediction. 

Gonzaga Bulldogs Preview

Gonzaga improved to 20-6 after defeating Pacific in Spokane, 102-76. The Bulldogs bullied the Tigers for 40 minutes, and look to pin a fifth straight win this Thursday in Portland. Gonzaga is scoring 85.8 points per game, on 51.4% shooting, while allowing 67.6 ppg, and they’re currently second in the WCC with a 10-2 record in league play.

Gonzaga’s Impact Players

  • Wyoming transfer Graham Ike has scored 21 points or more in three straight games, and he leads the Zags in scoring (15.8), while grabbing 7.0 rpg.  
  • Veteran forward Anton Watson scored 20 points in the February 8th win over Portland, and he leads Gonzaga in rebounding (7.5), while averaging 14.9 ppg. 
  • Former Creighton guard Ryan Nembhard has tallied nine dimes or higher in three consecutive outings, and he’s up to 12.5 ppg and a conference-leading 6.3 apg.
  • Seattle native Nolan Hickman went for 20 points in the LMU victory, and he’s third on the team at 13.6 ppg. 

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Portland Pilots Preview

Portland fell to 9-19 after losing to Pepperdine in Malibu, 91-70. The Pilots were outplayed from the first tip by the Waves, and they’ll face an uphill battle when the Zags come to town. Portland is scoring 72.0 points per game, on 43.8% shooting, while allowing 80.4 ppg, and they’re currently 8th in the WCC with a 3-10 record in league play. 

Portland’s Impact Players

  • Senior swingman Tyler Robertson paced the team with 23 points in the Pepperdine matchup, and he leads Portland in scoring (16.1) and assists (3.5).  
  • Sophomore guard Vukasin Mason has scored 16 points or more in five of the previous eight games, and he’s second on the team at 13.0 ppg.  

Gonzaga vs Portland Trends

  • GON is 12-13 against the spread, with a 12-13 over/under record
  • The Bulldogs are 9-1 over their last ten games, and they’re 5-2 on the road this season. 
  • POR is 11-15 against the spread, with a 11-15 O/U record
  • The Pilots are 2-8 over their previous ten games, and they’re 7-5 in Portland this season. 

Gonzaga vs Portland Prediction

Gonzaga has bounced back from their loss to Saint Mary’s with four straight victories, including a resume-bolstering win in Lexington over Kentucky, and I believe they keep rolling here against an inferior Portland squad. The only thing keeping the Pilots out of the conference doormat is due to the poor display in Stockton by Pacific, and they should be targeted for the remainder of the season. The margin is stiff for the Bulldogs as road favorites, so while there’s a good chance they do pick up another sizable victory, I like backing the Over, as the visitors should be able to handle the heavy lifting in this WCC bout.

Corey’s Pick GON/POR To Go OVER

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