BYU vs. Portland WCC Tournament Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Friday, March 3, 2023

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BYU vs. Portland WCC Tournament Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Friday, March 3, 2023

College Basketball Predictions

The WCC conference tournament continues Friday as the BYU Cougars (17-14, 7-9 WCC) face off against the Portland Pilots (14-18, 5-11 WCC) at Orleans Arena, tipping off at 9:00 PM on WCC Network. BYU is a 6-point favorite to move one step closer to an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament bracket. The matchup has a point total of 154.5.

BYU vs. Portland Odds

  • BYU odds to win: -262
  • Portland odds to win: +216
  • Spread: BYU (-6)
  • Total: 154.5

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Game Time and Information

  • Date: Friday, March 3, 2023
  • Time: 9:00 PM ET
  • TV: WCC Network
  • Where: Paradise, Nevada
  • Venue: Orleans Arena

Who Will Win BYU vs. Portland?

BYU and Portland Betting Trends, Records Against the Spread

BYU has a 5-7-1 record against the spread this season when favored by 6 points or more.

In games this year in which it was an underdog by 6 points or more, Portland has a 4-6 record against the spread.

The two teams average a combined 0.9 fewer points per game, 153.6, than this game’s over/under of 154.5 points.

BYU and Portland have seen their opponents average a combined 6.1 fewer points per game than the over/under of 154.5 set in this matchup.

The average over/under BYU has had set in games this season is 9.0 fewer points than this outing’s point total.

The average point total for the Pilots this season is 2.0 points higher than this game’s over/under.

The Cougars’ ATS record is 15-13-1 this season.

The Pilots have a 14-16-0 record against the spread this year.

BYU Stats & Insights

BYU outscores opponents by 5.7 points per game (scoring 75.6 per game to rank 88th in college basketball while allowing 69.9 per contest to rank 176th in college basketball) and has a +178 scoring differential overall.

The 33.8 rebounds per game BYU averages rank 65th in college basketball, and are 5.9 more than the 27.9 its opponents collect per outing.

The Cougars make 8.2 three-pointers per game (88th in college basketball), 1.1 more than their opponents (7.1). They are shooting 33.9% from deep (201st in college basketball) while allowing opponents to shoot 34.1%.

BYU averages 95.4 points per 100 possessions on offense (136th in college basketball), and gives up 88.2 points per 100 possessions (90th in college basketball).

The Cougars are averaging 76.3 points per game in home games. Away from home, they are averaging 71.9 points per contest.

Portland Stats & Insights

Portland puts up 78.0 points per game (42nd in college basketball) while giving up 78.5 per outing (352nd in college basketball). It has a -17 scoring differential.

Portland is 257th in college basketball at 30.5 rebounds per game. That’s 1.3 fewer than the 31.8 its opponents average.

Portland knocks down 9.6 three-pointers per game (16th in college basketball) at a 37.8% rate (22nd in college basketball), compared to the 10.2 its opponents make, shooting 38.0% from beyond the arc.

Portland scores 98.4 points per 100 possessions (62nd in college basketball), while allowing 99.1 points per 100 possessions (348th in college basketball).

The Pilots score 83.6 points per game at home, and 68.8 on the road.

BYU Key Players to Watch

Fousseyni Traore leads the Cougars in scoring and rebounding, accumulating 13.2 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.

BYU’s best passer is Dallin Hall, who averages 3.2 assists per game to go with his 7.3 PPG scoring average.

Jaxson Robinson makes more threes per game than any other member of the Cougars, knocking down shots from beyond the arc at a clip of 1.9 per contest.

Spencer Johnson and Atiki Ally Atiki lead BYU on the defensive end, with Johnson leading the team in steals averaging 1.8 per game and Ally Atiki in blocks averaging 1.0 per contest.

Portland Key Players to Watch

The Pilots’ leader in scoring and rebounding is Moses Wood with 15.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.

Portland’s assist leader is Tyler Robertson with 5.3 per game. He also records 15.1 points per game and adds 5.6 rebounds per game.

Wood is the most prolific from distance for the Pilots, hitting 2.6 threes per game.

Robertson (0.8 steals per game) is the steal leader for Portland while Wood (0.6 blocks per game) is the block leader.

BYU vs. Portland Prediction

  • Pick ATS:

    BYU (-6)

  • Pick OU:

    Under (154.5)

  • Prediction:
    BYU 79, Portland 71
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