The Portland Pilots (4-3, 0-0 WCC) will be trying to snap their two-game losing streak when they face the Villanova Wildcats (2-3, 0-0 Big East) in the Phil Knight Invitational on Friday afternoon. The Pilots are coming off an 89-81 loss to North Carolina as 15-point underdogs. The Wildcats are coming off an 81-79 loss to Iowa State as 1.5-point favorites.
Pilots Going For Second Win In Five GamesThe Pilots followed up their win over Air Force with two straight losses. They will try to put an end to their streak with a win over the Wildcats, which will give them their second win in five games.
Portland is averaging 77.2 points per game. They scored 81 points in their last game, making 48.3 percent of their field goals and 37.5 percent of their three-pointers.
Moses Wood led the Pilots with 21 points and three rebounds. Alden Applewhite finished with 14 points and two assists, while Tyler Robertson added 13 points and seven assists.
Portland has struggled defensively, giving up 70.6 points per game. They gave up 89 points in their last game and will need to play better if they want to win this game.
Wildcats Trying To Snap Two-Game Losing StreakThe Wildcats aren’t playing well at the moment and come into this game on a two-game losing streak. They will try to snap their losing streak with a win over the Pilots, which will give them their third win in six games.
Villanova is averaging 69 points per game. They scored 79 points in their last game, making 40.4 percent of their field goals and 36.1 percent of their three-pointers.
Caleb Daniels led the Wildcats with 25 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists. Eric Dixon finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Brandon Slater added 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and three steals.
Villanova has played well defensively, giving up 64.8 points per game. They gave up 81 points in their last game and will have to do a better job if they want to get the win.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Pilots have lost three of their last four games. They struggled offensively during the stretch, scoring less than 70 points in three of those games. Their rebounding has been good and it will keep them in this game, but they’re careless with the ball, turning it over more than 16 times per game, which will hurt them against the Wildcats, who have played well defensively, holding three of their five opponents under 70 points. The Wildcats dropped a close game to the Cyclones but they had their second-best offensive performance of the season, scoring 79 points in the game. They also did a better job rebounding the ball, especially on the offensive end, which will give them more scoring opportunities. They also do a good job protecting the ball and won’t give up a lot of easy-scoring opportunities. With the Pilots giving up 80 points in two consecutive games, the Wildcats won’t have trouble scoring in this game, so go with Villanova to cover the spread.
Full-Game Total Pick
The Pilots are averaging 77.2 points per game. They usually play at a fast pace, but their rate has dropped in recent games, with the team averaging 72.7 possessions in their last three games. They are facing a team that is giving up 64.8 points per game and will be held under their average in this game. The Wildcats are averaging 69 points per game. They play at one of the slowest paced, averaging 63.4 possessions per game. With the Pilots giving up 70.6 points per game, the Wildcats won’t score enough points to push the score over the total.