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San Diego vs Portland Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 19th Betting Odds

Toreros vs Pilots Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: San Diego Toreros at Portland Pilots
  • Where: Portland at Chiles Center
  • Date: Thursday, January 19th
  • Betting Odds: San Diego +5, SD +174 | PORT -217 O/U 161.5

Toreros Preview:

San Diego heads into this matchup having played 20 games and have an overall record sitting at 9-11. On the road, the Toreros will be playing their 7th game of the season, having gone 2-5. So far, the Toreros have been the underdog 8 times, going 2-6 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +5 underdogs on the spread.

San Diego’s leading scorer this season is Marcellus Earlington, who is averaging 14.85 points per contest. So far, Earlington has accounted for 19.1% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 6.5 rebounds per game and 1.5 assists. Eric Williams Jr. is the second leading scorer for the Toreros, averaging 14.94 points per game. Between him and Jr., they are accounting for 36.4% of the team’s scoring.

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Offensive production has been hard to come by for San Diego this season, as they are currently ranked 367th in college basketball at 65.8 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Toreros’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.5%, placing them 287th in the NCAA.

Pilots Preview:

Portland will take the floor against the Toreros with an overall record of 9-11. Currently, the Pilots have been the home team 11 times, sitting with a record of 7-4. The Pilots’ are sitting with a betting line that is -5 points in their favor. For the season, Portland has been favored to win in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 5-4.

Portland’s leading scorer this season is Tyler Robertson, who is averaging 14.26 points per contest. So far, Robertson has accounted for 17.72% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.11 rebounds per game and 5.32 assists. Kristian Sjolund is the second leading scorer for the Pilots, averaging 13.25 points per game. Between him and Sjolund, they are accounting for 35.0% 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 20 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.

Free Spread Prediction: Portland Pilots -5

Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Portland Pilots to pick up the win and cover the spread as -5 point betting favorites. Although Portland as a team is just 263rd in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Toreros’ defense. At -5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Pilots to come out on top and cover.


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