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NCAA hoops odds preview - Santa Clara vs. Portland

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Jan 5, 10:00 PM | Chiles Center

Santa Clara Broncos vs Portland Pilots Odds


Portland looks to cover the Pilots-Broncos pointspread on Thursday and improve its overall 3-11 mark when they host Santa Clara in college basketball action.

Supporters of the Broncos have watched them go 8-5 and 4-6 ATS on the year, while the Pilots are at 3-11 and 3-10 ATS. In totals betting, the Pilots are 8-5, while the Broncos have a 6-4 mark.

View Santa Clara vs Portland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 2-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Pilots - Broncos odds would favor the Broncos if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Portland is rated No. 318 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Santa Clara is at No. 161. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 74-57 win for the Broncos.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Broncos rank No. 105 in NCAA Division 1 with 36.7 per game. That compares with Portland’s No. 218 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Portland is college basketball's No. 269-ranked team at 5.1 per game, while the Broncos rate No. 8 with 9.5 per game.

Defensively, Santa Clara features the nation's No. 320-rated defense on the road, allowing 80.6 points per game. Portland, meanwhile, comes in at No. 273 nationally in scoring at home.

Santa Clara was a 64-62 loser in its last match at home against Wagner. They failed to cover the 1–point spread as underdogs. Santa Clara suffered a 64-62 loss against Wagner on Friday, getting 20 points from Kevin Foster in a losing effort at Leavey Center.

Portland was a 90-51 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Gonzaga. They failed to cover the 22–point spread as underdogs. Portland was crushed on Wednesday, getting blown out by Gonzaga and falling by a 90-51 score at McCarthey Athletic Center.

Santa Clara Broncos Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Gonzaga are 5-5
After a loss are 8-2

Portland Pilots Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Pepperdine are 6-4
After playing Gonzaga are 7-3
After a loss are 1-9

A few Broncos at Pilots trends to consider:
Santa Clara is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Santa Clara is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Portland
Portland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Santa Clara
Portland is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games at home
Portland is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Santa Clara
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Portland's last 6 games

Next up:
Santa Clara at Gonzaga, Saturday, January 7
Portland home to Pepperdine, Saturday, January 7