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San Francisco vs Portland Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 12th Betting Odds

Dons vs Pilots Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: San Francisco Dons at Portland Pilots
  • Where: Portland at Chiles Center
  • Date: Thursday, January 12th
  • Betting Odds: San Francisco -2, SF -136 | PORT +111 O/U 148.5

Dons Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Portland, the San Francisco Dons will be taking the floor for the 20th time this season and have an overall record of 12-7. So far, the Dons have played 6 games on the road, with a record of 4-2. This season, San Francisco has been favored to win in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 6-2. For today’s contest, San Francisco has a betting line set -2 points in their favor.

San Francisco will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Khalil Shabazz who is averaging 15.16 points per game for the Dons. Shabazz is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Dons’ offensive game plan is the play of Tyrell Roberts who has hit 44.3% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.79 points per game.

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San Francisco comes into today’s matchup vs Portland, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 77.1 points per game. Through 19 games, they have hit 45.7% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Dons have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 339th in possessions per game.

Pilots Preview:

Portland will be looking to pick up a win in today’s game vs San Francisco in order to snap their current 5 game losing streak. Currently, the Pilots have been the home team 10 times, sitting with a record of 6-4. So far, the Pilots have been the underdog 7 times, going 1-6 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +2 underdogs on the spread.

Tyler Robertson comes into today’s game as the Pilots’ leading scorer at 14.12 points per contest. Not only has Robertson been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Portland’s top rebounder at 5.29 boards per contest. Behind Robertson, the team has benefited from the strong play of Kristian Sjolund, who is second on the team in scoring at 12.61 points per game. Overall, he has hit 54.2% of his shots and is adding 4.39 boards per game.

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 18 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: San Francisco Dons -2

Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the San Francisco Dons to pick up the win and cover the spread as -2 point betting favorites. Although San Francisco as a team is just 113th in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Pilots’ defense. In addition, the Dons have made bettors money who have taken them to cover on the road, as they are 7-3 (last 10). At -2 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Dons to come out on top and cover.


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