The North Carolina Tar Heels take on the Portland Pilots in Oregon. The game will pit an Atlantic Coast team against a West Coast team in a non-conference matchup.
The Pilots are 4-2 for the season and currently sit mid-table in their conference standings. The Tar Heels are currently unbeaten in their conference with a 4-0 aggregate record. The Tar Heels are on a four-game winning streak but failed to cover the span in three of those games.
North Carolina vs Portland betting odds
North Carolina vs Portland game details
Fixture: NC Tar Heels at Portland Pilots
Date and Time: Thursday, November 24 at 1:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Moda Center, Oregon
North Carolina vs Portland key stats
The Tar Heels average 80.8 points per game and give up 68 points per game on defense. At 47.1% and 76.1%, respectively, they were very influential with their field goal and free throw percentages. They’re struggling with their three-point shooting percentage, which was a real strength for North Carolina last season.
Armando Bacot has been the standout player for the Tar Heels so far this season. He tops the list in points, rebounds and steals per game. Bacot averages 18.2 ppg, 11.8 rpg, and 1.2 steals per game. Caleb Love and Pete Nance support the starting lineup with good averages in points and rebounds per game.
The Pilots are averaging 79.2 points per game and giving up 69.2 on the defensive end, giving them a ten point difference. They impressed with their free throw percentage. They have won four of their last six games but have failed to cover the span in three of those competitions.
Their point guard, Tyler Robertson, has been very efficient this season, averaging 17.5 points per game with 4.3 assists this season. The rest of the offense has also strengthened, but they lack consistency in their gameplay, which has cost them some easy wins this season.
North Carolina vs Portland betting prediction
The Tar Heels score 11.6 points more than the pilots give up this season. The Tar Heels have a very strong offense that will try to dominate the weak defense of the pilots. The Tar Heels managed to cover the spread on neutral side in all six of their previous games, and this game should be another easy one for Bacot and company.
Selection: Tar Heels -14.5 (-110)