Betting on today’s Lions and Pilots game? Catch the action at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, NV, as the Pilots hosts this showdown at 11:30 ET on ESPN+. Loyola Marymount is favored by -5.5 in this West Coast conference matchup the against Portland. The over/under for the game is set at 143.5 points.

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT LIONS VS PORTLAND PILOTS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Portland Pilots +5.5

This game will be played at Orleans Arena at 11:30 ET on Friday, March 8th.

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 +5.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 143.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Is A Road Victory Likely for Favored Loyola Marymount?

Through 30 games, Loyola Marymount has a record of 12-18 and a West Coast Conference record of 5-11. On the road, the Lions have gone just 3-8 compared to 9-10 at home. For the season, the team has been outscored by an average of -6.2 points per game on the road.

As the favorite, Loyola Marymount has gone 10-9 this season. In their most recent game, the Lions lost to Portland by a score of 70-60. Over their last 10 games away from home, Loyola Marymount has gone 3-7.

Overall, Loyola Marymount has an ATS record of 13-17 this season, but they have gone 8-11 vs. the spread when favored. On the road, the Lions are 5-6 ATS this year and they have gone 5-5 ATS in their last 10 road games. In their last 3 games as the favorite, Loyola Marymount has an ATS mark of 2-1.

This season, the over/under record for Loyola Marymount games is 16-14. So far, the average over/under line in their games is 145.4 and the average scoring total is 143.7. Today’s over/under line of 143.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games. Currently, 15 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total is 145 points.

Coming off their recent game, the Loyola Marymount offense tallied 60 points in a matchup against Portland. Their field goal percentage for the game was 39.3%, and they made 7 threes. Leading Loyola Marymount in scoring vs. Portland was Justice Hill with his 16 points. Alex Merkviladze also added 14 points for the Lions.

On the defensive side, Loyola Marymount is currently hovering around the NCAA’s average for points allowed, conceding an average of 71.2 points per game. Against Portland, the Lions’ defense gave up 70 points and did a good job not fouling. For the game, Portland only made 7 free-throws.

Can the Pilots Pull the Upset at Home?

Portland is 6-8 at home this season, and they come into this game as a 5.5-point underdog. They have gone 3-18 as the underdog this season.

Portland is coming off a 70-60 win over Loyola Marymount. Over their last ten games at home, the Pilots are 4-6.

As the underdog this season, Portland has gone 8-13 vs. the spread. However, their ATS record at home is a solid 9-5. In their last 10 games as the underdog, the Pilots have gone 6-4 vs. the spread. At home, their ATS mark is 7-3 over their last 10 contests.

On the season, the over/under record for Portland is 12-17. So far, the average scoring total in their games is 150.7 points compared to an average over/under line of 150.9, resulting in an average margin of -0.3. Today’s over/under line of 143.5 is lower than the average scoring total in their games and over their last three games, the over/under record is 0-3.

The Portland offense is coming off a game where they scored 70 points against Loyola Marymount. They posted a field goal percentage of 48.1% and connected on 11 threes. Juan Sebastian Gorosito led the scoring for the Pilots, contributing 26 points. Additionally, Chris Austin chipped in with 16 points.

Currently, the Pilots’ defense holds the 329th rank in the nation, allowing 80.0 points per game. In their previous game vs. Loyola Marymount, the Lions finished with a field goal percentage of 48% and a total of 60 points vs. Portland.