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College basketball point spread favors Gaels in battle with Pilots

St. Mary's GaelsPortland Pilots
10-4January 04, 2014, 10:00 | Earle A. Chiles Center9-6

The Portland Pilots hope to be lousy hosts on Saturday as the St. Mary's Gaels pay a visit to Earle A. Chiles Center on the college basketball betting menu.

The Pilots sport a record of 9-6 and 11-4 ATS heading into this battle, while the Gaels have 10-4 and 7-5 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 8-7 for the Pilots and 8-3 for the Gaels.

View St. Mary's Gaels vs Portland Pilots Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Pilots installed as 3-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The Pilots - Gaels odds would favor the Gaels if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Portland is rated No. 48 in the current Odds Shark poll, while St. Mary's is at No. 26.

Portland was a 72-64 winner in their most recent outing at home against Pacific. They covered the 3-point spread as favorites. The Pilots grabbed a 72-64 win over the Tigers on Thursday, behind an 18 -point effort from Thomas van der Mars at Earle A. Chiles Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Portland's No. 43 nationally ranked offense (79.33 points per game) against a Gaels defense that sits as the No. 81 at 66.79 PPG. The Pilots have been averaging 45.98% from the field, less than the Gaels have managed so far this season (47.09% on average).

A few Gaels at Pilots trends to consider:
St. Mary's is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
St. Mary's is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games
St. Mary's is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
St. Mary's is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Portland is 11-4 ATS in its last 15 games
Portland is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Portland's last 6 games
Portland is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games at home

Next up:
St. Mary's home to William Jessup, Monday, January 6th
Portland at Gonzaga, Thursday, January 9th