The North Carolina Tar Heels (4-0, 0-0 ACC) will be going for their fifth consecutive win when they face the Portland Pilots (4-2, 0-0 WCC) in the Phil Knight Invitational on Thursday afternoon. The Tar Heels are coming off an 80-64 win over JMU as 12.5-point favorites. The Pilots are coming off an 80-68 loss to Seattle as 3.5-point favorites.
North Carolina won the only meeting between the two teams.
Tar Heels Trying To Avoid UpsetThe top-ranked Tar Heels are off to a hot start after winning their first four games. They will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the Pilots, which will give them their fourth win in a row.
North Carolina is averaging 80.8 points per game. They scored 80 points in their last game, making 44.3 percent of their field goals and 32 percent of their three-pointers.
R.J. Davis led the Tar Heels with 21 points and five assists. Armando Bacot finished with 19 points and 23 rebounds, while Pete Nance added 11 points and four rebounds.
North Carolina has played well defensively, giving up 68 points per game. They gave up 64 points in their last game and will need a similar effort if they want to get the win.
Pilots Trying To Bounce Back From LossThe Pilots followed up their win over Air Force with a loss to Seattle in their last game. They will try to bounce back from the loss with a win over the Tar Heels, which will give them their fifth win in their last eight games.
Portland is averaging 77.2 points per game. They scored 68 points in their last game, making 41.1 percent of their field goals and 30 percent of their three-pointers.
Tyler Robertson led the Pilots with 22 points, eight rebo0unds, four assists, and three steals. Moses Wood finished with 11 points and seven rebounds, while Alden Applewhite added 10 points and two rebounds.
Portland has struggled defensively, giving up 70.6 points per game. They gave up 80 points in their last game and will need to do a better job if they want to win this game.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Tar Heels won their first four games. They are playing very well offensively, scoring more than 80 points per game. They have shot the ball well from the field and they’ve taken advantage of their opportunities at the free throw line. They are very good on the offensive glass, which will give them more scoring opportunities and they do a good jo0b protecting the ball. The Pilots have played well defensively, but they have struggled against good offensive teams and will have a hard time slowing down the Tar Heels. The Pilots won four of their first six games. Even though they have scored a lot of points, they have struggled with their shot, making less than 45 percent if their field goals. They’ve also struggled from three-point range, making less than 40 percent of their three-pointers. They are also very careless with the ball, turning it over more than 16 times, which will be a problem against the Tar Heels. With North Carolina holding opponents under 70 points, the Pilots will struggle offensively in this game. Go with North Carolina to cover the spread.
Full-Game Total Pick
The Tar Heels are averaging 80.8 points per game. They scored 102 points in their only game against the Pilots. They play at a fast pace, averaging 72.9 possessions per game. Even though the Pilots are giving up 70.6 points per game, the Tar Heels will come close to hitting their average in this game. The Pilots are averaging 77.2 points per game and scored 78 points in their only game against the Tar Heels. They play at a faster pace, averaging 75.3 possessions per game. With The Tar Heels giving up 68 points per game, the Pilots will score enough points to push the score over the total.