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North Carolina vs. Portland Odds, Line: College Basketball Picks 2022, Nov 24 Predictions Using Proven Model

ByDenise T. Tatum

Nov 24, 2022

The No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels will be looking to remain undefeated when they take on the Portland Pilots in Thursday afternoon’s 2022 Phil Knight Invitational. UNC has won all four games this season, including an 80-64 win over James Madison on Sunday. Portland has lost two of their last three games, beating Seattle 80-68 on Saturday.

Tipoff is set for 1pm ET. The Tar Heels are favored by 15 points in the latest Portland vs. North Carolina odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under is set at 152.5. Before entering a selection between North Carolina and Portland, you should check out the model’s college basketball predictions at SportsLine.

The SportsLine projection model simulates each Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. For the last 6+ years, the proprietary computer model has generated more than $1,400 for $100 players using its top-flight college basketball picks against the spread. Everyone who has followed him has seen profitable returns.

Now the model has her sights set on Portland vs. North Carolina. You can go to SportsLine to see the selection. Here are several college basketball odds for UNC vs. Portland:

  • Spread between Portland and North Carolina: UNC -15
  • Portland vs. North Carolina Over/Under: 152.5 points
  • Money line between Portland and North Carolina: Portland +850, UNC -1600
  • Portland vs. North Carolina Tips: Find tips here

Featured Game | Portland Pilots vs. North Carolina Tar Heels

Why Portland can cover

North Carolina was one of the most talked about teams in college basketball heading into the season after their surprise run in March. The Tar Heels didn’t live up to the hype from a betting perspective, only covering the spread once in their first four games. They are now leaving Chapel Hill for the first time this season, with Portland playing just five miles from home.

The Pilots are in their second season under head coach Shantay Legans, who led them to victories in eight of their first 11 games last year. Tyler Robertson scored 22 points, hauled eight rebounds and gave eight assists in the team’s last game, and he leads the team with 17.5 points per game. Portland will be motivated in front of their fans for this opportunity, while North Carolina may get caught eyeing some bigger matchups.

Why North Carolina can cover

North Carolina might have some trouble covering the range early in the season, but they still have a lot more talent than Portland in this matchup. The Tar Heels ran wire to wire in their 80-64 win over James Madison on Sunday, winning the rebound fight 50-34. Big man Armando Bacot had a career-high 23 rebounds and also had 19 points.

Bacot, who was named ACC Preseason Player of the Year, leads North Carolina with 18.3 points and 11.8 rebounds per game. Puff Johnson missed the first three games of the season with knee pain but made his debut on Sunday, scoring six points in 13 minutes. The Tar Heels are 11-4 against last season’s spread, so they should find a way to cover that number on Thursday.

How to make Portland vs. North Carolina picks

The model ran North Carolina vs. Portland 10,000 times and the results are in. The model is sloping down and it has also generated point spread selection that hits in over 60% of the simulations. You can only see the selection at SportsLine.

So who will win Portland vs. North Carolina? And which side of the spread applies more than 60% of the time? Visit SportsLine to see which side of the North Carolina vs Portland spread you should jump to and find out.