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College Basketball Matchup - Portland Pilots Loyola Marymount Lions Odds Preview

Loyola Marymount LionsPortland Pilots
11-14February 13, 2014, 10:00 | Earle A. Chiles Center13-11

The Portland Pilots will try to cover the spread at Earle A. Chiles Center on Thursday when they get a visit from the Loyola Marymount Lions in NCAA basketball action.

The Pilots sport a record of 13-11 and 16-8 ATS heading into this battle, while the Lions have 11-14 and 8-16 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 11-13 for the Pilots and 11-11-1 for the Lions.

View Loyola Marymount Lions vs Portland Pilots Odds and Stats.

The Pilots were listed as -7-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Pilots at No. 144 and the Lions at No. 327 heading into this contest.

Loyola Marymount was an 82-72 loser in their most recent outing at home against Pacific. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as favorites. The Lions got 18 points from Evan Payne, but it was Pacific that prevailed in an 82-72 final on Saturday at Gersten Pavilion.

Portland lost its last outing, a 71-66 result against Gonzaga on February 5. They covered in that game as a 15.5-point underdog. Portland suffered a 71-66 loss against Gonzaga on Wednesday, getting 15 points from Ryan Nicholas in a losing effort at McCarthey Athletic Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Portland's No. 38-ranked scoring average of 77.54 PPG, against a Lions defense rated No. 245 and allowing 78.16 PPG. The Pilots FG% has averaged 45.71% to date this season, more than the Lions shooters have managed so far (44.48% per game).

A few Lions at Pilots trends to consider:
Loyola Marymount is 1-11 ATS in its last 12 games
Loyola Marymount is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Loyola Marymount's last 6 games
Loyola Marymount is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Portland is 16-8 ATS in its last 24 games
Portland is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Portland's last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Portland's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Loyola Marymount at Gonzaga, Saturday, February 15th
Portland at Pepperdine, Saturday, February 15th