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NCAA hoops odds preview - Gonzaga vs. Portland

Gonzaga BulldogsPortland Pilots
14-2January 09, 2014, 11:00 | Earle A. Chiles Center9-7

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Portland vs Gonzaga battle Thursday at Earle A. Chiles Center as the Pilots look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

Supporters of the Bulldogs have watched them go 14-2 and 7-7 ATS on the year, while the Pilots are at 9-7 and 11-5 ATS. In totals betting, the Pilots are 8-8, while the Bulldogs have a 7-7 mark.

View Gonzaga Bulldogs vs Portland Pilots Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as -7.5-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 66-rated Pilots and the No. 26-ranked Bulldogs, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

In their last action, Gonzaga was an 86-64 winner at home against Pacific. They covered the 14.5-point spread as favorites. The Bulldogs blew out Pacific on Saturday, running up a 20+ point victory in an 86-64 win at McCarthey Athletic Center.

Portland lost its last outing, a 72-63 result against St. Mary's on January 4. They failed to cover in that game as a 3.5-point underdog. Portland got 12 points from Ryan Nicholas but lost anyway, 72-63, to St. Mary's on Saturday at Earle A. Chiles Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Portland has the nation's No. 49-rated offensive output, at 78.31 PPG. The visiting Bulldogs defense ranks No. 74 allowing on average 66.62 PPG. The Pilots FG% has averaged 45.56% so far, less than the Bulldogs marksmen have achieved on the year, 51.98% per game.

A few Bulldogs at Pilots trends to consider:
Gonzaga is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Gonzaga's last 6 games
Gonzaga is 7-14-2 ATS in its last 23 games on the road
Gonzaga is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Portland is 11-5 ATS in its last 16 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Portland's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Portland's last 7 games at home
Portland is 2-6-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Gonzaga

Next up:
Gonzaga at Pepperdine, Thursday, January 16th
Portland at Loyola Marymount, Thursday, January 16th