Planning on watching today’s Toreros and Pilots game? Catch the action at Chiles Center in Portland, OR, as the Pilots hosts this showdown at 10:30 ET on WCC. The over/under for this game is set at 156 points, and the Pilots are the home favorites against the Toreros in a West Coast conference matchup.
SAN DIEGO TOREROS VS PORTLAND PILOTS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Portland Pilots -4.5
This game will be played at Chiles Center at 10:30 ET on Thursday, January 18th.
WHY BET THE PORTLAND PILOTS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 77-69 in favor of the Pilots.
- Not only will Portland pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -4.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 156 points, and we like the under with a projected 146 points.
Will the Toreros Find a Way to Win in Portland?
San Diego heads into tonight’s game against Portland as a 4.5-point underdog. They have gone 4-8 this season as the underdog, and they have lost five straight games overall. The Toreros have gone 0-4 on the road this year, and their average margin of defeat in these games has been -21.0 points per game.
Overall, San Diego is 10-9 this season, and they are currently on a five-game losing streak. In West Coast Conference play, the Toreros have gone 0-4, compared to their 10-5 record in non-conference action.
As the underdog this season, San Diego has an ATS record of 5-7. On the road, their ATS mark is 0-4 and over their last 10 road games, they are just 2-8 vs. the spread.
This season, the over/under record for San Diego games is 10-7 and today’s line of 156 is higher than the average OU line in their games (147.5). So far, 13 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s OU line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 3-0 and the average scoring total in those games is 160 points.
The Toreros’ offense finished with 77 points in their previous game, mirroring their current average of 72.5 points per contest. Kevin Patton Jr. led the scoring for the Toreros, contributing 16 points. Additionally, Wayne McKinney II chipped in with 13 points.
The Toreros’ defense is presently ranked 228th nationally, allowing an average of 75.0 points per contest. Against Pepperdine, the Toreros’ defense gave up 83 points and did a good job not fouling. For the game, Pepperdine only made 9 free-throws.
Can the Pilots Pull Off a Home Win?
Portland comes into tonight’s game against San Diego as the favorite, with a record of 4-2 when favored this season. The Pilots are 4-4 at home this year, and their average scoring margin at home is -1.8 points per game.
Portland’s overall record is 7-11, and they have lost two games in a row. In their most recent game, the Pilots lost to San Francisco by a score of 96-69.
As the favorite, Portland has gone 4-2 vs. the spread this season. Overall, the Pilots’ ATS mark is 7-9. At home, they are 5-3 vs. the spread and have gone 2-1 ATS in their last three home games.
Today’s over/under line of 156 is higher than the average over/under line in Portland games this season (149.6). So far, 14 of their games have had lower over/under lines than today’s total. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 151 points.
Coming off their recent game, the Portland offense tallied 69 points in a matchup against San Francisco. Their field goal percentage for the game was 37.3%, and they made 10 threes. Currently leading the team in scoring is Tyler Robertson who comes into today’s matchup averaging 15.9. Tyler Harris also heads into the game with a PPG average of 12.2.
As they prepare for the upcoming game, Portland is focused on shoring up their defense, as they are currently allowing an average of 79.0 points per game (281st). In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Portland’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 43.0% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 35.3% this season.