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The Portland Pilots will host the Santa Clara Broncos tonight for a game they desperately need to win. Can they pull off the upset? Krabs is here to break down his best prediction, pick, and odds ahead of the matchup!

Portland vs. Santa Clara Prediction: Will Portland Ruin Santa Clara's Win Streak?

It’s been an up-and-down season for the Portland Pilots. They pulled off a crazy upset against Villanova and lost to Michigan State and UNC by less than ten combined points. WCC play has been a different story for the Pilots, sitting at 5-8 in the basement of the conference standings. Can they steal a much-needed win against the red hot Santa Clara Broncos?

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Portland vs. Santa Clara Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: February 18, 2023
  • Start Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Where to Watch: fuboTV

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Portland vs. Santa Clara Prediction

This spread is short. There’s no other way to put it; it’s a crazy number. Portland hasn’t beaten Santa Clara since 2015, a 13-game winning streak. Tonight is the Pilots' first chance of the season to end the streak. For a team that hasn’t found much success of late, this would be a massive confidence builder for the Pilots if they can pull out this win at home in Portland, Oregon.

The Broncos are amidst a potential letdown spot on the road tonight against a team they are significantly better than and historically own. Santa Clara is in the best stretch of their season, coming off four consecutive wins against San Francisco, San Diego, LMU and BYU. These are four solid teams, and two of those wins were on the road as underdogs. At 20-8, there is no reason the Broncos shouldn’t be a larger favorite in this one, which tells me Portland is winning.

Sportsbooks making this line almost a Pick ‘Em is ludicrous. It didn’t open up at this number though. Portland opened up +3 and has been steamed down by sharps all day. The betting splits in this game are bonkers; 37% of bets but 79% of the handle lies on the side of Portland.

If the Pilots want to end this 13-game losing streak to Santa Clara, it must be through Tyler Robertson and Moses Wood. These Juniors are the only bright spot of Portland’s season. It will be all hands on deck to slow down Broncos' star Brandin Podziemski, the Illinois transfer. He's been known to disapear in a game or two this season, and the spread being this short tells me we could be in for another underwhelming performance tonight. If Portland is going to end their drought, this is the year. It’s not a terrible matchup as both teams are very small and play at a similar pace. With the line this short, don’t be square and take the bait on the Broncos.

Portland vs. Santa Clara Pick

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Krabs is a contrarian bettor who isn’t afraid to fade the public or go against the grain. His betting style not only produces winners but has changed the way many think about the sports betting process. You’ll find Krabs betting on anything from the NFL (at a 60% clip in 2022) to the KBO (8-1-1 in 2022). You won’t find many handicappers with more college basketball knowledge or insight than Krabs. A native of the “DMV,” you can find his work @Krabs_Bets on Twitter, or on Behind the Lines, his daily sports betting show on twitch.

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