Portland vs San Diego Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Thursday, March 2, 2023

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Two sliding teams meet when the Portland Pilots (13-18, 5-11 WCC) host the San Diego Toreros (11-19, 4-12 WCC) on Thursday, March 2, 2023 at 9:00 PM ET. The Pilots will aim to a four-game losing run versus the Toreros, who have lost five straight.

Thursday’s game between the Pilots and the Toreros sees the Pilots as a solid, 6.5-point favorite. The over/under is 156.5 points for the matchup.

Portland vs. San Diego Odds

Point Spread for Portland vs. San Diego

The spread for this matchup is set at 6.5 points, with oddsmakers listing Portland as the favorite.

Portland vs. San Diego Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Portland has -265 odds to pick up the win, while San Diego is listed at +215 to claim victory.


Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 156.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Thursday, March 2, 2023
  • Game Time: 9:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: WCC Network
  • Location: Paradise, Nevada
  • Arena: Orleans Arena

Portland vs. San Diego Betting Trends

Portland has played 29 games, with 13 wins against the spread. The Pilots have come away with eight wins in the 14 contests they have been listed as the favorites in this season. Portland’s games this year have gone over the point total 60.7% of the time (17 out of 28 games with a set point total).

In San Diego’s 28 games this season, it has 10 wins against the spread. The Toreros have won 23.5% of the games this season they were the underdog on the moneyline (4-13). San Diego’s games this year have hit the over on 20 of 28 set point totals (71.4%).

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Portland vs. San Diego Key Players to Watch


Tyler Robertson puts up a team-leading 5.2 assists per game. He is also posting 14.9 points and 5.4 rebounds, shooting 38.3% from the field and 31.1% from downtown with 1.2 made 3-pointers per game. Moses Wood is tops on the Pilots with 15.5 points per contest and 6.3 rebounds, while also posting 1.8 assists. Kristian Sjolund averages 11.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game, shooting 51.4% from the field and 37.4% from downtown with 1.5 made 3-pointers per contest. Alden Applewhite posts 8.2 points, 3 rebounds and 1.2 assists per contest. Defensively, he delivers 0.7 steals and 0.1 blocked shots.

San Diego

Marcellus Earlington is putting up a team-best 17.3 points per game. And he is delivering 6.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists, making 48.9% of his shots from the field and 35.1% from 3-point range, with 1.2 triples per contest. Eric Williams Jr. is the Toreros’ top rebounder (9.5 per game), and he averages 14.6 points and 2.3 assists. The Toreros receive 15.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game from Jase Townsend. Seikou Sisoho Jawara tops the Toreros in assists (2.8 per game), and produces 10.7 points and 2.7 rebounds. He also posts 0.8 steals and 0.1 blocked shots.

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What you need to know about the Portland Pilots

Portland’s WCC games have hit the over 10 out of 16 times this season. The Pilots’ offense, which ranks 49th in college basketball with 77.5 points per game, has played better than their sixth-worst defense (78.6 points allowed per game). Portland ranks 257th in the country with 30.5 boards per game this year. Meanwhile, it ranks 240th with 31.9 rebounds allowed per contest.

Portland ranks 24th-best in the nation by making 9.3 threes per game. In terms of three-point percentage, it ranks 42nd in college basketball at 37.1%. In terms of three-pointers, the Pilots’ defense is coming up short, as they rank -3-worst in college basketball in three-pointers allowed (10.3 per game) and second-worst in three-point percentage allowed (38.4%).

The Pilots have a 4-6 record against the spread while going 3-7 overall over their last 10 contests. Portland has gone over the total in six of its last 10 games. On offense, Portland has increased its production slightly over its last 10 games, scoring 78.6 points per contest over that span as opposed to the 77.5 it has put up over the course of this season. Portland has been a little suspect on the defensive end of the floor recently, allowing 82.2 points per game over its last 10 contests compared to the 78.6 it has conceded this season.

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What you need to know about the San Diego Toreros

A total of 10 San Diego conference games this year have gone over the point total. The Toreros are 52nd in the nation in points scored (77.2 per game) and second-worst in points conceded (80.1). On the boards, San Diego is 257th in the country in rebounds (30.5 per game). It is 272nd in rebounds allowed (32.4 per game).

At 7.9 made 3-pointers per game and shooting 35.7% from beyond the arc, San Diego is 120th and 94th in college basketball, respectively, in those categories. The Toreros are the -1-worst squad in college basketball in 3-pointers conceded (9.7 per game) and -5-worst in 3-point percentage defensively (40.2%).

The Toreros have gone 2-8 in their last 10 contests, with a 4-6 record against the spread during that span. San Diego has gone over the total in six of its last 10 games. San Diego has performed worse offensively in its last 10 games, scoring 76.2 points per contest, one fewer point its than season average of 77.2. The Toreros are surrendering 83.8 points per game in their last 10 games, compared to their season average of 80.1 points allowed.

Portland vs. San Diego Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this contest is Portland, and we expect that Portland will cover the spread (Portland -6.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 156.5 points.

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How to bet Portland vs. San Diego

You can bet on Portland vs. San Diego at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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