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NCAA Basketball Odds Betting Line Favors BYU Cougars Over Portland Pilots

The BYU Cougars host Portland on Thursday, looking to build on their 11-2 mark against the 6-7 Pilots in college basketball betting action at Marriott Center.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to side with the BYU Cougars to cover the point spread in this one found them as -18-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

Portland Pilots vs BYU Cougars Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The BYU Cougars currently sport a 11-2 record overall in NCAA basketball action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 4-6 ATS. The Portland Pilots are 6-7 and 4-4 ATS. Betting totals have seen the BYU Cougars produce a 4-6 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Portland Pilots have gone 5-3 against the totals betting line.

The Cougars - Pilots odds would favor the Cougars if the lines were set according to our power ranks. BYU is rated No. 93 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Portland is at No. 285.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up BYU's No. 111 nationally ranked offense (77.08 points per game) against a Portland Pilots defense that sits as the No. 194 at 74.77 PPG. The BYU Cougars have been averaging 48.17% from the field, more than the Pilots have managed so far this season (47.51% on average).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Pilots got 18 points from Josh McSwiggan as Portland ran past Sacramento State 80-75 on Thursday at Golden 1 Center.

The battle between the Cougars and Tigers didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Texas Southern was handed a 73-52 defeat on Saturday at Marriott Center.

Betting Trends
  • Portland is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games
  • Portland is 2-14 SU in its last 16 games on the road
  • Portland is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing BYU
  • Portland is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing BYU
  • BYU is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • BYU is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • BYU is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Portland
  • BYU is 2-5-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing at home against Portland

Next Betting Matchups

Portland at San Francisco, Saturday, December 30th
BYU at St. Mary's, Saturday, December 30th