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Bradley Braves face Portland Pilots: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Bradley BravesPortland Pilots
5-5December 20, 2013, 08:00 | South Point Arena6-4

The Portland Pilots will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Bradley Braves at South Point Arena on Friday in NCAA hoops play.

Supporters of the Braves have watched them go 5-5 and 1-5-1 ATS on the year, while the Pilots are at 6-4 and 8-2 ATS. In totals betting, the Pilots are 6-4, while the Braves have a 1-5 mark.

View Bradley Braves vs Portland Pilots Odds and Stats.

Portland opened as -4-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 68-ranked Pilots and the No. 183-rated Braves in this matchup.

Bradley was a 65-61 loser in their most recent outing at home against IUPU Fort Wayne. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as favorites. Bradley got 14 points from Walt Lemon, Jr. but lost anyway, 65-61, to IUPU Fort Wayne on Tuesday at Carver Arena.

Last time out for Portland, they were a 72-69 loser as they battled Montana State at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 15-point favorite. The Pilots wasted a 26-point performance from Kevin Bailey in losing to Montana State 72-69 on Sunday at Earle A. Chiles Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Portland's No. 40-ranked scoring average of 80.2 PPG, against a Braves defense rated No. 89 and allowing 67.3 PPG. The Pilots FG% has averaged 45.93% to date this season, more than the Braves shooters have managed so far (44.66% per game).

A few Braves at Pilots trends to consider:
Bradley is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Portland is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games
Portland is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games

Next up:
Bradley at Pacific, Saturday, December 21st
Portland at Princeton, Saturday, December 21st