Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Lions versus the Pilots? Tip off is at at 8:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on WCC. The game will be played at Chiles Center in Portland, OR. Loyola Marymount is favored by -4 in this West Coast conference contest against Portland. The game’s over/under currently sits at 146 points.

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT LIONS VS PORTLAND PILOTS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Portland Pilots +4

This game will be played at Chiles Center at 8:00 ET on Saturday, March 2nd.

WHY BET THE PORTLAND PILOTS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Pilots.
  • Not only will Portland pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +4.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 146 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.

Is It the Lions Game to Lose on the Road?

After winning their last game against San Diego by a score of 96-62, Loyola Marymount will look to extend their winning streak to three games. So far this season, they have a record of 12-17, including a 5-10 mark in West Coast Conference games.

On the road, the Lions have struggled, going just 3-7 this season. In their last 10 games away from home, they have a record of 3-7, and their average scoring margin on the road this season is -5.8 points per game.

When looking at Loyola Marymount’s ATS record this season, they are currently 13-16. On the road, their ATS mark is 5-5. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Lions are 5-5 vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 146 is higher than the average over/under line in Loyola Marymount’s games this year (145.4). So far, 16 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, their over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 142 points.

The Loyola Marymount offense is coming off a game in which they scored 96 points vs. San Diego. Overall their field goal percentage was 58.5% while connecting on 16 threes. Dominick Harris is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 14.3 as they approach today’s matchup. In addition, Alex Merkviladze brings a PPG average of 12.2 into the game.

Coming into today’s game, the Loyola Marymount defense is giving up an average of 71.2 points per contest. Loyola Marymount’s defense is coming off a game in which they allowed the San Diego offense to knock down 58% of their shots on their way to putting up 62 points.

Can Portland Secure a Home Victory?

Portland enters this game with a record of 10-20, including a 5-8 mark at home. They have lost two straight games and are just 3-7 in their last 10 games at home. For the season, they have been outscored by an average of 5.5 points per game at home.

As an underdog, the Pilots have gone just 2-18 this season, compared to 5-3 when they are favored. They are 3-12 in West Coast Conference games this season, and 7-8 in non-conference games. On the year, they have gone 2-13 on the road.

As the underdog, Portland has gone 7-13 vs. the spread this season. Their overall ATS record is 12-16. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Pilots are 5-5 vs. the spread. At home, Portland has an ATS mark of 8-5 this year.

Portland’s over/under record this season is 12-16 and today’s line of 146 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (151.1). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 155 points compared to their season average of 151.4 points per game. So far, 17 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line.

Compared to their season average of 72 points per game, Portland struggled in their previous game. Against Gonzaga, the Pilots scored 65 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 37.1%. Offensively, the Pilots hold a season-long field goal percentage of 43%, placing them 291st in the national rankings. When it comes to three-pointers, they are ranked 227th in terms of percentage and 71st in three-pointers made.

The Pilots’ defense is presently ranked 329th nationally, allowing an average of 80.7 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Portland’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 45.2% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 37.8% this season.