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Portland Pilots vs Pacific Tigers Preview

Pacific TigersPortland Pilots
9-3January 02, 2014, 10:00 | Earle A. Chiles Center8-6

The Portland Pilots hope to be lousy hosts on Thursday as the Pacific Tigers pay a visit to Earle A. Chiles Center on the college basketball betting menu.

Portland battles the Tigers, currently sitting with a 9-3 mark (8-3 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 8-6 for the Pilots and 7-3 for the Tigers.

View Pacific Tigers vs Portland Pilots Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Portland sat as -3.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 120-rated Pacific taking on the No. 48-rated Pilots in this contest.

Pacific was an 88-80 loser in its last match at home against St. Mary's. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as underdogs. Andrew Bock scored 23 points in a futile effort to lead the Tigers to a win (they lost 88-80 to St. Mary's at Spanos Center on Monday).

Portland was a 76-68 loser in their most recent outing at home against Santa Clara. They failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as favorites. Portland got 23 points from Thomas van der Mars but lost anyway, 76-68, to Santa Clara on Monday at Earle A. Chiles Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Portland's No. 39-ranked scoring average of 79.86 PPG, against a Tigers defense rated No. 199 and allowing 73.75 PPG. The Pilots FG% has averaged 46.19% to date this season, less than the Tigers shooters have managed so far (46.37% per game).

A few Tigers at Pilots trends to consider:
Pacific is 16-4 SU in its last 20 games
Pacific is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Portland is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games

Next up:
Pacific at Gonzaga, Saturday, January 4th
Portland at Saint Mary's , Saturday, January 4th