The Boise State Broncos (7-1) can prolong a five-game home winning streak when they take on the Portland Pilots (3-4) at Taco Bell Arena. Action starts at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 3, 2017.
Portland Pilots vs. Boise State Broncos ATS Preview
In the Pilots last matchup, they dismantled the Multnomah Lions, 112-65. Franklin Porter was the top scorer from either team with 21 points on 9-for-14 shooting. Portland played a perfect game. They had a fantastic effective field goal percentage of 0.667 (above their season average of 0.550) and a turnover percentage of 7.8 (better than their season average of 15.9). For those same stats, Multnomah was 0.377 and 12.1, respectively.
The Broncos will look to keep it rolling after barely hanging on to beat the Oregon Ducks in their last game, 73-70. With 20 points on 6-for-16 shooting, Chandler Hutchison was Boise State’s leading scorer. Boise State played a nearly perfect game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.327 (above their season average of 0.212) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 33.3 (above their season average of 28.5). Oregon was 0.164 and 26.7, respectively, for those same stats.
Dating back to last season, a focal point for the Boise State offense has been to get to and convert from the free throw line. The Broncos rank 57th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.279), but Portland has been among the best in the nation at keeping opponents away from the charity stripe (ranking 32nd by yielding a FTA rate of 0.193). Also, the Pilots, who rank 307th in offensive rebounding percentage (25.1 percent), might have a tough time getting put-back points against the Broncos, who rank 17th in defensive rebounding percentage (75.4 percent).
In terms of the O/U total, these teams are complete opposites. Portland games have finished over 75.0 percent of the time, while 71.4 percent of games including Boise State have gone under. The Broncos hold a substantial advantage in terms of straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 7-1 SU and 4-3 ATS, while the Pilots are 3-4 SU and 2-2 ATS.
Portland Pilots at Boise State Broncos ATS Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Boise State, ATS Winner – Portland, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Pilots rank 114th in blocks per game (3.6) while the Broncos rank 261st in blocks allowed per game (4.4).
- Portland ranks 273rd in steals per game (5.1) while Boise State ranks 279th (5.0).
- Boise State ranks 17th in three pointers allowed per game (17.8) while Portland ranks 318th (25.7).
- The Broncos rank 39th in assists allowed per game (11.4) while the Pilots rank 239th (14.4).
- Boise State ranks 61st in rebounds allowed per game (33.1) while Portland ranks 254th (37.4).