The Pilots and Wolf Pack are set to face off at 10:00 ET on MWN. The Wolf Pack will host the game at Lawlor Events Center in Reno, NV. The over/under for this non-conference contest is set at 146.5 points, with the Wolf Pack being the favored team playing at home against the Pilots.
PORTLAND PILOTS VS NEVADA WOLF PACK BETTING PICK
The Pick: Portland Pilots +13.5
This game will be played at Lawlor Events Center at 10:00 ET on Saturday, November 18th.
WHY BET THE PORTLAND PILOTS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 77-68 in favor of the Wolf Pack.
- Even though we have Nevada winning straight-up, we like Portland at +13.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 146.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.
Will the Pilots Come Through as Road Underdogs?
The Pilots, who are 2-1, head into today’s game after losing to Tennessee State by a score of 75-65. Over their last five road games, including ones from last year, Portland has a 1-4 record. As of now, Portland’s against the spread record stands at 2-1 prior to today’s matchup. Last season, when playing away from home, Portland had a poor 3-12 record vs. the spread.
Portland comes in with an over/under record of 0-3-0 through three games, with their games averaging a combined 144 points per game so far. The Pilots’ last five games have culminated with an average of 75 points per game and an over/under record of 0-4.
In their latest game, Portland offense put up 65 points against Tennessee State. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 39.2% and made 8 threes. Coming into the game, the Pilots offense has strugled with their outside shot this season, hitting threes at a rate of just 29%. On average, they get up 24.8 three-point attempts per game and are averaging 17.8 made free-throws.
Coming into today’s game, the Portland defense is giving up an average of 71.2 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Portland’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 29.2% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 24.5% this season.
Will Nevada Make it Happen at Home?
Nevada, who are 3-0, will face Portland in their 4th game of the season. Over their last five home games, including last season, Nevada has a record of 2-3. Heading into today’s game, Nevada holds a 3-0 ATS record. In home games this season, Nevada is 2-0 vs. the spread, and in their last ten home games, they have a 5-5 record.
Up to this point, games involving Nevada have had an average of 142 points per game, with the average over/under line set at 146.7 points. Their over/under record is 2-1-0. The Wolf Pack’s last five games have finished with a combined 75 points per game and an over/under record of 2-3.
The Nevada offense is coming off a game in which they scored 88 points vs. Pacific. Overall their field goal percentage was 50.7% while connecting on 6 threes. Kenan Blackshear was the leading scorer for the Wolf Pack, putting up 12 points. In addition, Jarod Lucas contributed 12 points.
The Wolf Pack’s defense is presently ranked 22nd nationally, allowing an average of 59.3 points per contest. Against Pacific in their most recent game, the Nevada defense gave up a total of 39 points while allowing Pacific to hit 50% of their shots.