The Portland Pilots (3-6) will be at home in Earle A. Chiles Center when they challenge the San Jose State Spartans (2-6). The Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 139.5 points with Portland opening as a 3-point favorite. Action begins at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 9, 2017.
San Jose State Spartans vs. Portland Pilots ATS Preview
In the Spartans last matchup, they lost a tough one against the Denver Pioneers, 58-56. San Jose State’s Nai Carlisle recorded 11 points and five rebounds in the game. Denver had a free throw rate of 0.296 (above their season average of 0.291). San Jose State, meanwhile, held the Pioneers to an effective field goal percentage of 0.389 (below their season average of 0.525).
The Pilots are trying to rebound after their 76-66 loss to the Cal State Fullerton Titans in their last contest. With 15 points, seven rebounds and six blocks, Philipp Hartwich put together a solid outing for Portland. Cal State Fullerton’s offensive rebounding percentage was their largest advantage over Portland. The Titans had a rate of 25.8 (below their season average of 30.7), while the Pilots posted a mark of 18.2 (below their season average of 24.3).
It could be a tough game for Portland on the offensive glass. Dating back to the 2016-17 season, the Pilots rank 311th in offensive rebounding percentage (24.7 percent), while San Jose State ranks 21st in defensive rebounding percentage (75.8 percent).
In terms of the O/U total, these teams are complete opposites. San Jose State games have gone under 71.4 percent of the time, while 66.7 percent of games involving Portland have gone over. The Pilots have the superior straight up (SU) record (3-6 vs. 2-6), but the Spartans hold the sizable advantage against the spread (ATS) (4-3 vs. 2-4).
The Pilots won the sole game against the Spartans last season, 79-66. Portland did a terrific job of making free throws (12-13; 92.3 percent). San Jose State, on the other hand, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (29.8 vs. 16.7).
San Jose State Spartans vs. Portland Pilots Odds Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Portland, ATS Winner – Portland, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Spartans rank 83rd in blocks per game (4.0) while the Pilots rank 161st in blocks allowed per game (3.6).
- San Jose State ranks 176th in steals per game (6.0) while Portland ranks 249th (5.1).
- San Jose State ranks 52nd in three pointers allowed per game (19.2) while Portland ranks 292nd (25.6).
- The Spartans rank 82nd in rebounds allowed per game (33.5) while the Pilots rank 256th (37.5).
- San Jose State ranks 146th in assists per game (13.8) while Portland ranks 287th (11.2).