Upcoming Free Picks

Portland vs. USC Prediction,
Preview,
and Odds - 11-8-2019

Game Snapshot with Current Line

#791 Portland
Pilots
#792 USC
Trojans

Friday, November 8, 2019 at 11:00pm

Image licensed from USA Today Sports

Game Stats

Portland

1 - 0

12-18
ATS
13-15
O/U
64
PPG
74
OPPG

USC

1 - 0

15-18
ATS
16-17
O/U
76
PPG
73
OPPG

Featured Video from Scott Reichel

Late night Friday action in the Galen Center features the WCC's Portland Pilots and the Pac-12's USC Trojans. Portland won their opened against Division III school Willamette 86-36. The Trojans won their opener against Florida A&M 77-48. This is the first ever meeting between these two schools. USC opened as 20 point favorites and the total opened at 143 and a half. Tip is set for 11:05 PM ET and the game will be view-able on the Pac-12 Network.

Pilots Pushing For Better Season

The Portland Pilots are in an awkward spot as a program after winning their opener against Willamette 86-36. Coach Terry Porter's tenure has been less than ideal coming off of a win-less conference campaign last season and coach Porter has amassed a 28-69 record in his three years of service. He saw six players with eligibility remaining enter the transfer portal, including his own son Franklin, after a very disappointing 7-25 season. He brings in a pair of graduate transfers in Isaiah White from Maine and Lavar Harewood from South Carolina State in order to provide the team with needed playing experience. Neither player was very impressive last year, however, they both come from struggling programs much like Portland and maybe a good fit for coach Porter's scheme of play.

The Pilots only good news in the off-season was that guard JoJo Walker decided to stay and finish his college career in Portland. He alongside White are the only players on the roster who averaged double-digit points last season, and their offense will be relied on for a push. The team will have to find some kind of production outside of the two as Walker and White can't score all of the points and will draw extra defensive attention. Coach's son Malcolm Porter will find himself earning more minutes after the roster shake-up and he looks to make the most of that time. The Pilots were one of the worst rebounding teams in the country last year, and they bring in seven-footer Cody Collinsworth to try and hopefully adjust that.

High Expectations At USC

Despite a poor showing last season, there is optimism surrounding this USC program, and rightfully so after coach Andy Enfield had an outstanding recruiting run. He brings in an elite six-man class headed by five-star recruits Isaiah Mobley and Onyeka Okongwu. They also bring in graduate transfer Daniel Utomi who comes from Akron where he was the team's leading scorer and three-point shooter. Another graduate transfer guard by the name of Quinton Adlesh comes in from Columbia looks to provide support for the Trojans attack. USC took care of business in their opener against Florida A&M 77-48 and look to have much of the same type of outing this time around.

Senior forward Nick Rakocevic is the team's leading returning scorer and rebounder putting up 14.7 points and 9.3 rebounds a game last season. He alongside senior guard Jonah Mathews are the only returning starters for coach Enfield. Mathews made 78 threes and averaged 12.6 points per game a season ago. The USC Trojans will rely heavily on a mixture of freshman sensations and a group of trusted veterans to give themselves a boost to possibly make an NCAA tournament run this season and maybe even a Pac-12 title given how open the conference appears this year.

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

I like the Trojans to cover this big number here on Friday night. The USC Trojans had an outstanding off-season in terms of recruiting and return a pair of trusted starters who are excellent scorers, combining to put up 27.3 points per game last season. I expect five star recruits Mobley and Okongwu to have stellar seasons and possibly become one and done players and move onto the NBA next season. The Trojans have professional talent all up and down this roster. Portland struggled mightily last season and I expect much of the same again this year. Beating a Division III school shouldn't impress anyone, and I don't expect the Pilots to be able to play to the level of the USC Trojans.

Prediction: USC Trojans -20

Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

Both of these teams possess the shooting ability to light the scoreboard up. The Trojans have an absolutely stacked roster with capable shooters all over the place, and it wouldn't surprise me to see them score at least 90 in this match. I expect this game to get ugly quickly and Portland to be in catch up mode most of the night. The Pilots should be able to at least score 60 in this match, though, which would give us our over. Expect no lack of offensive firepower in this early season contest between two schools who look to improve after poor showings a year ago.

Prediction: Over 143.5

Coming Soon!.

Upcoming Free Picks

Wednesday, Nov 20
NCAAF
#105 Toledo 54
#106 Buffalo -8.5
7:30pm
View Pick
#107 Akron
#108 Miami - OH
7:30pm
View Pick
Wednesday, Nov 20
NBA
#501 New York Knicks 213.5
#502 Philadelphia 76ers -12.5
7:05pm
View Pick
#503 San Antonio Spurs 239.5
#504 Washington Wizards 2
7:05pm
View Pick
#505 Cleveland Cavaliers
#506 Miami Heat
7:35pm
View Pick
#507 Milwaukee Bucks 233
#508 Atlanta Hawks 11
7:35pm
View Pick
#509 Golden ST. Warriors
#510 Dallas Mavericks
7:35pm
View Pick
#517 Utah Jazz
#518 Minnesota Timberwolves
8:05pm
View Pick
#519 Houston Rockets 225
#520 Denver Nuggets -2
9:05pm
View Pick
Wednesday, Nov 20
NCAAB
#685 Columbia 144
#686 St. John's -9.5
7:00pm
View Pick
#689 N. Kentucky 134
#690 Ball ST. -8.5
7:00pm
View Pick
#691 James Madison 133
#692 ODU -10.5
7:00pm
View Pick
#697 Princeton
#698 Indiana
7:00pm
View Pick
#699 E. Washington 143
#700 Boston College -8
7:00pm
View Pick
#703 Cornell
#704 Syracuse
7:30pm
View Pick
#705 IUPUI 132
#706 Loyola - Chicago -12
8:00pm
View Pick
#707 Morehead ST.
#708 Missouri
8:00pm
View Pick
#709 Arkansas - Little Rock
#710 Memphis
8:00pm
View Pick
#711 Troy
#712 Texas A&M
8:00pm
View Pick
#713 Austin Peay 148
#714 Vanderbilt -6.5
8:00pm
View Pick
#715 Elon
#716 N. Carolina (UNC)
8:30pm
View Pick
#721 The Citadel
#722 Illinois
9:00pm
View Pick
#727 Texas ST. 130.5
#728 UNLV -4.5
10:00pm
View Pick
Wednesday, Nov 20
NHL
#65 Ottawa Senators
#66 Montreal Canadiens
7:35pm
View Pick
#67 Washington Capitals 6.5
#68 N.Y. Rangers 145
8:05pm
View Pick
Thursday, Nov 21
NFL
#109 Indianapolis Colts 46.5
#110 Houston Texans -3.5
8:20pm
View Pick
Thursday, Nov 21
NCAAF
#111 NC ST. 47
#112 Georgia Tech -2.5
8:00pm
View Pick
Friday, Nov 22
NCAAF
#113 Colorado ST. 49
#114 Wyoming -7
9:30pm
View Pick
Saturday, Nov 23
NCAAF
#129 Oklahoma ST. 61
#130 W. Virginia 6.5
12:00pm
View Pick
#131 E. Carolina 66
#132 UConn 14.5
12:00pm
View Pick
#141 Liberty 53.5
#142 Virginia -16.5
12:00pm
View Pick
#143 Illinois 46.5
#144 Iowa -15.5
12:00pm
View Pick
#149 Minnesota 41
#150 Northwestern 13.5
12:00pm
View Pick
#179 UCF 69
#180 Tulane 5.5
12:00pm
View Pick
#211 Penn ST. 55
#212 Ohio ST. -18
12:00pm
View Pick
#161 Boston College 61.5
#162 Notre Dame -18.5
2:30pm
View Pick
#121 Michigan 51.5
#122 Indiana 8.5
3:30pm
View Pick
#125 Texas A&M 45.5
#126 Georgia -13.5
3:30pm
View Pick
#173 W. Kentucky 49
#174 S. Miss -4
3:30pm
View Pick
#177 Texas 61
#178 Baylor -5.5
3:30pm
View Pick
#181 SMU 68
#182 Navy -3.5
3:30pm
View Pick
#187 Pittsburgh 49.5
#188 Virginia Tech -4
3:30pm
View Pick
#189 Louisiana Tech 46.5
#190 UAB -4.5
3:30pm
View Pick
#119 Memphis 60
#120 USF 14
4:00pm
View Pick
#191 Syracuse 62
#192 Louisville -10
4:00pm
View Pick
#199 San Jose ST. 62
#200 UNLV 6.5
4:00pm
View Pick
#135 Temple 48
#136 Cincinnati -10.5
7:00pm
View Pick
#197 Arkansas
#198 LSU
7:00pm
View Pick
#209 Miami - FL
#210 FIU
7:00pm
View Pick
#127 Duke 53.5
#128 Wake Forest -7
7:30pm
View Pick
#151 Oregon 55
#152 Arizona ST. 14.5
7:30pm
View Pick
#193 Houston 60
#194 Tulsa -2.5
7:30pm
View Pick
#195 Tennessee 45.5
#196 Missouri -4
7:30pm
View Pick
#137 TCU 65.5
#138 Oklahoma -18
8:00pm
View Pick
#153 Utah
#154 Arizona
10:00pm
View Pick
#157 Washington 55
#158 Colorado 14.5
10:00pm
View Pick
#163 Nevada 53
#164 Fresno ST. -14
10:30pm
View Pick
#213 Boise ST. 53.5
#214 Utah ST. 7.5
10:30pm
View Pick
#215 San Diego ST. 51.5
#216 Hawaii -3
11:00pm
View Pick
Sunday, Nov 24
NFL
#251 Miami Dolphins 45
#252 Cleveland Browns -11
1:00pm
View Pick
#253 Denver Broncos 35
#254 Buffalo Bills -4
1:00pm
View Pick
#255 Pittsburgh Steelers 40
#256 Cincinnati Bengals 6.5
1:00pm
View Pick
#257 New York Giants 41
#258 Chicago Bears -6.5
1:00pm
View Pick
#259 Oakland Raiders 47
#260 New York Jets 2.5
1:00pm
View Pick
#261 Carolina Panthers 48
#262 New Orleans Saints -10
1:00pm
View Pick
#263 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 54.5
#264 Atlanta Falcons -4
1:00pm
View Pick
#265 Detroit Lions 42
#266 Washington Redskins 3.5
1:00pm
View Pick
#273 Seattle Seahawks 49
#274 Philadelphia Eagles -2
1:00pm
View Pick
#267 Jacksonville Jaguars 41
#268 Tennessee Titans -3
4:05pm
View Pick
#269 Dallas Cowboys 47
#270 New England Patriots -6
4:25pm
View Pick
#271 Green Bay Packers 44
#272 49ers -3
8:20pm
View Pick
Monday, Nov 25
NFL
#275 Baltimore Ravens 49
#276 Los Angeles Rams 3
8:15pm
View Pick