Sacramento State Hornets vs. Portland Pilots ATS Prediction


The Sacramento State Hornets (4-1) will travel to the Earle A. Chiles Center to square off with the Portland Pilots (5-5). Action gets underway at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 8, 2018.

Sacramento State Hornets vs. Portland Pilots Betting Odds

Both teams were victorious in their last game. The Pilots were victorious over the Multnomah Lions 111-103, while the Hornets dismantled the Simpson University (CA) Red Hawks 76-52.

The Hornets had a much better turnover percentage (13.5 vs. 23.6) and had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.486 vs. 0.342). The Pilots, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (30.8 vs. 12.2) and had a much better free throw rate (0.231 vs. 0.092). Josh McSwiggan had a good game for Portland with 37 points and 11 rebounds. Meanwhile, Marcus Graves played a massive role in the victory for Sacramento State, collecting 12 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds on his way to his zeroth triple-double this season.

The Pilots won the sole contest between these two teams last year, 80-75. The Pilots’ turnover percentage was their biggest advantage over the Hornets. Portland had a rate of 9.6, while Sacramento State posted a mark of 15.8.

Marcus Shaver Jr. has really been playing well recently for Portland, averaging 0 points over the last five games.

Sacramento State could struggle to create turnovers. Since the 2017-18 season, Portland ranks 71st in the NCAA at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 17.2 percent), while Sacramento State has forced the 191st-most turnovers (18.9 percent).

Sacramento State Hornets vs. Portland Pilots Free Pick

Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Sacramento State, ATS Winner – Sacramento State, O/U – Over

Betting Notes (2017-Present):

  • Sacramento State ranks 73rd in three pointers allowed per game (20.3) while Portland ranks 272nd (25.5).
  • The Hornets rank 206th in rebounds allowed per game (36.1) while the Pilots rank 248th (37.3).
  • The Hornets rank 133rd in assists allowed per game (12.8) while the Pilots rank 257th (15.4).
  • Portland ranks 46th in blocks allowed per game (2.7) while Sacramento State ranks 110th (3.2).