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Portland vs Gonzaga Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 14th Betting Odds
Pilots vs Bulldogs Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Portland Pilots at Gonzaga Bulldogs
- Where: Spokane at McCarthey Athletic Center
- Date: Saturday, January 14th
- Betting Odds: Portland +18.5, PORT +1322 | GNZG -4255 O/U 160.5
Portland heads into this matchup having played 19 games and have an overall record sitting at 9-10. So far, the Pilots have played 8 games on the road, with a record of 2-6. For the season, Portland has been the underdog in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 2-6. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Pilots being +18.5 point underdogs.
Portland’s leading scorer this season is Tyler Robertson, who is averaging 14.61 points per contest. So far, Robertson has accounted for 18.09% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.11 rebounds per game and 5.39 assists. Kristian Sjolund is the second leading scorer for the Pilots, averaging 13.05 points per game. Between him and Sjolund, they are accounting for 35.2% of the team’s scoring.
On offense, Portland is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.9 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 19 games, they have only hit 34.5% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 38.03% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs head into today’s game in what will be their 19th game of the season, posting a record of 15-3. So far this season, Gonzaga has played 13 games at home, sitting with a record of 11-2. The Bulldogs’ are sitting with a betting line that is -18.5 points in their favor. For the season, Gonzaga has been favored to win in 15 games, sitting with a mark of 13-2.
Drew Timme comes into today’s game as the Bulldogs’ leading scorer at 21.67 points per contest. Not only has Timme been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Gonzaga’s top rebounder at 8.22 boards per contest. Behind Timme, the team has benefited from the strong play of Julian Strawther, who is second on the team in scoring at 13.78 points per game. Overall, he has hit 47.3% of his shots and is adding 7.33 boards per game.
Through 18 games, Gonzaga has been playing well on offense, averaging 87.8 points per game. Even though the team has been methodical with their pace, the Bulldogs’ shooters have been hot from outside, hitting 37.9% of their shots per game. This strong shooting percentage has equated to an average of 8.38 made 3’s per contest.
Free Spread Prediction: Portland Pilots +18.5
After examining this game, we think that Gonzaga’s desire to get up and down the court will create problems for the Portland Pilots, who are more comfortable with a slower pace. Even with a -18.5 point spread, the Bulldogs’ up-tempo style will likely lead to an easy win. Our recommendation is to bet on Gonzaga to not only come out on top but also cover the spread against Portland.