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Portland Pilots host BYU Cougars in college basketball action

BYU CougarsPortland Pilots
13-7January 23, 2014, 10:00 | Earle A. Chiles Center11-8

The Portland Pilots will be trying to slam the BYU Cougars on Thursday when the teams tip off at Earle A. Chiles Center in college betting action.

This season, the Pilots are 11-8 overall and 13-6 ATS, while the Cougars are 13-7 and 8-9 ATS. As for the totals, Portland boasts a 9-10 on the OU, and BYU is 5-12.

View BYU Cougars vs Portland Pilots Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Pilots as 5-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

The Pilots - Cougars odds would favor the Cougars if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Portland is rated No. 124 in the current Odds Shark poll, while BYU is at No. 93.

BYU won its last outing, a 91-81 result against Santa Clara on January 18. They covered in that game as a 7.5-point favorite. Kyle Collinsworth scored 18 points leading the Cougars to a 91-81 victory over Santa Clara at Leavey Center on Saturday.

Portland was a 76-65 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Pepperdine. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs. Kevin Bailey went off for 27 points and added 2 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Pepperdine handed Portland a 76-65 defeat at Firestone Fieldhouse.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Portland's No. 51 nationally ranked offense (77.42 points per game) against a Cougars defense that sits as the No. 240 at 77.7 PPG. The Pilots have been averaging 45.69% from the field, less than the Cougars have managed so far this season (47.29% on average).

A few Cougars at Pilots trends to consider:
BYU is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
BYU is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of BYU's last 7 games
BYU is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Portland is 13-6 ATS in its last 19 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Portland's last 6 games
Portland is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing BYU

Next up:
BYU at Gonzaga, Saturday, January 25th
Portland at San Diego, Saturday, January 25th