Check out our free Alabama vs Gonzaga pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Birmingham. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Alabama vs Gonzaga Pick & Preview: Saturday, December 17th Betting Odds
Crimson Tide vs Bulldogs Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Alabama Crimson Tide at Gonzaga Bulldogs
- Where: Birmingham at Legacy Arena at BJCC
- Date: Saturday, December 17th
- Betting Odds: Alabama -1.5, ALA -125 | GNZG +103 O/U 160.5
Crimson Tide Preview:
Heading into today’s matchup vs Gonzaga, the Alabama Crimson Tide will be taking the floor for the 11th time this season and have an overall record of 9-1. So far, the Crimson Tide have played 3 games on the road, with a record of 3-0. This season, Alabama has been favored to win in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 8-1. For today’s contest, Alabama have a betting line set -1.5 points in their favor.
Alabama will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Brandon Miller who is averaging 18.5 points per game for the Crimson Tide. Miller is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Crimson Tide’s offensive gameplan is the play of Mark Sears who has hit 45.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.8 points per game.
Alabama comes into today’s matchup vs Gonzaga, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 80.0 points per game. Through 10 games, they have hit 44.1% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Crimson Tide’s have prefered to slow the game down, ranking 251st in possessions per game.
Through 11 games, the Gonzaga Bulldogs have an overall record of 8-3. So far this season, Gonzaga has played 9 games at home, sitting with a record of 7-2. For the season, Gonzaga has been the underdog in 1 game, sitting with a mark of 0-1. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Bulldogs being +1.5 point underdogs.
Gonzaga’s leading scorer this season is Drew Timme who is averaging 20.55 points per contest. So far, Timme has accounted for 25.48% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 7.91 rebounds per game and 3.09 assists. Julian Strawther is the second leading scorer for the Bulldogs, averaging 13.18 points per game. Between him and Strawther, they are accounting for 41.8% of the team’s scoring.
Through 11 games, Gonzaga has been playing well on offense, averaging 87.8 points per game. Even though the team has been methodical with their pace, the Bulldogs’ shooters have been hot from outside, hitting 37.9% of their shots per game. This strong shooting percentage has equated to an average of 8.38 made 3’s per contest.
Free Spread Prediction: Gonzaga Bulldogs +1.5
A key to this matchup, will be 3-point shooting. Coming into the game, both Alabama and Gonzaga are excellent 3-point shooting teams, averaging 9.28 and 8.38 made 3’s per game, respectively. In terms of the odds, we like the Gonzaga Bulldogs to cover as +1.5 point dogs. Look for their defense to do a good enough job closing out on the Crimson Tide’s outside shooters to make things difficult for Alabama. At +1.5 we like the chances of Gonzaga covering the spread as underdogs.