Loyola Marymount vs Portland Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/8/24

Portland (11-20) vs Loyola Marymount (12-18)

Game Info: Friday, March 8, 2024 at 11:30 pm (Orleans Arena)

Betting Odds: Portland +5.5 -- Over/Under: 143.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Loyola Marymount Lions will play the Portland Pilots in the Second Round of the WCC Tournament on Friday night at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Loyola Marymount has won two of their last three games, while Portland is on a two game winning streak. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Loyola Marymount vs Portland prediction.

Loyola Marymount Preview

The Loyola Marymount Lions are 12-18 (5-11) this year after they lost to Portland by a score of 70-60 in their last game. Loyola Marymount trailed 38-32 at halftime and only scored 28 points in the second half for the loss. The Lions shot 39.3% from the field and were -4 in rebounding margin in the game. Loyola Marymount defeated San Diego by a score of 96-62 and Pacific by a score of 86-63 in the two games prior to Portland. The Lions are scoring 72.5 points per game with 35.1 rebounds per game and 11.8 assists per game, while allowing 71.2 points against per game this year. Alex Merkviladze is averaging 12.2 points per game, 7.1 rebounds per game, and 1.4 assists per game. Loyola Marymount is shooting 44.7% from the field, 72.8% on free throws, and 36.9% on three pointers this season.

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Portland Preview

The Portland Pilots are 11-20 (5-11) this season after they defeated Loyola Marymount in their last game. Portland had a great first half and was able to out score LMU 32-28 in the second half in the win. The Pilots shot 48.1% from the field and made 11 three pointers in the game. Portland defeated Santa Clara by a score of 80-75 in the game prior to LMU, but did lose the five games before that. The Pilots are scoring 72 points per game with 33.8 rebounds per game and 13.5 assists per game, while giving up 80 points against per game this season. Tyler Robertson is averaging 16.5 points per game, 4.4 rebounds per game, and 3.7 assists per game. Portland is shooting 43.9% from the field, 71.3% on free throws, and 34.1% on three pointers this year. 

Loyola Marymount vs Portland Betting Prediction

Both of these teams come into this game with 5-11 conference records and were tied for sixth place in the WCC standings. Portland just defeated LMU in the last regular season game by a score of 70-60, but Loyola Marymount won the first meeting by a score of 92-65. Both teams have similar offensive numbers, but Portland has been bad on defense, allowing 80 points against per game. The Pilots should have confidence coming into this matchup with their two game winning streak, but I can’t trust their defense. Take LMU here. 

David’s Pick Loyola Marymount -5.5

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