Portland Pilots vs. Santa Clara Pilots
Two of the West Coast Conference bottom teams face off as the Santa Clara Broncos host the Portland Pilots. The Broncos are -5 point favorites over the Pilots with an over/under point total of 147.
The Santa Clara Broncos have lost nine games in a row as Kerry Keating’s team is simply looking for answers. Santa Clara is 0-8 in the WCC, 6-5 at home this year, and are in ninth and last place in the conference. Kevin Foster is averaging 17.8 points, Evan Roguemore is averaging 14.1 points and 5.2 assists, and Niyi Harrison is averaging 10.7 points and 6.3 rebounds. As a tean Santa Clara is averaging 70.7 points and they are shooting 41.1 percent while their opposition is averaging 74.5 points and they shoot 44.8 percent. Santa Clara was crushed by 10 less than a month ago in Portland.
The Portland Pilots have lost six games in a row as Eric Revino’s team is looking to avoid sliding even further in the West Coast Conference. Portland is 2-7 in conference play, 0-11 on the road this season, and they are in seventh place in the nine team conference. Ryan Nicholas is averaging 11 points and 7.5, Tim Douglas is averaging 9.2 points, and Thomas van der Mars and Nemanja Mitrovic are averaging 8.5 points each. As a team Portland is averaging 64.7 points and they are shooting 42.1 percent and their opponents are averaging 76 points and they shoot a blistering 46.7 percent. In a conference of highs and lows Portland is clearly a low.
Santa Clara is 1-4 against the spread as a home favorite, 0-4 against the spread in their last four WCC games, and 1-4 against the spread against a team with a losing record. Portland is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games as an underdog, 4-1 against the spread in their last five games overall, and 1-4 against the spread against a team with a losing record.
These are some lousy defenses and that usually means a close high scoring game and getting this many points I am going t take them in a pick that is simply just a lean.
Portland Pilots +5 Santa Clara Broncos