Check out our free Gonzaga vs Pacific pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Stockton. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Gonzaga vs Pacific Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 21st Betting Odds
Bulldogs vs Tigers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Gonzaga Bulldogs at Pacific Tigers
- Where: Stockton at Alex G. Spanos Center
- Date: Saturday, January 21st
- Betting Odds: Gonzaga -16, GNZG -2011 | PACFC +966 O/U 160.0
Gonzaga will take the floor against the Tigers with an overall record of 16-4. On the road, the Bulldogs will be playing their 5th game of the season, having gone 4-1. So far, the Bulldogs have been favored 17 times, going 14-3 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Gonzaga as -16 point favorites.
Drew Timme comes into today’s game as the Bulldogs’ leading scorer at 21.25 points per contest. Not only has Timme been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Gonzaga’s top rebounder at 7.75 boards per contest. Behind Timme, the team has benefited from the strong play of Julian Strawther, who is second on the team in scoring at 13.4 points per game. Overall, he has hit 45.8% of his shots and is adding 7.15 boards per game.
Through 20 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.
The Pacific Tigers head into today’s game in what will be their 22nd game of the season, posting a record of 10-11. Currently, the Tigers have been the home team 12 times, sitting with a record of 4-8. So far, the Tigers have been the underdog 11 times, going 6-5 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +16 underdogs on the spread.
Pacific’s leading scorer this season is Tyler Beard, who is averaging 9.86 points per contest. So far, Beard has accounted for 13.25% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 2.57 rebounds per game and 2.86 assists. Luke Avdalovic is the second leading scorer for the Tigers, averaging 9.71 points per game. Between him and Avdalovic, they are accounting for 26.3% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Pacific this season, as they are currently ranked 366th in college basketball at 65.9 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Tigers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.7%, placing them 380th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Gonzaga Bulldogs -16
The Gonzaga Bulldogs will begin their matchup against Pacific Tigers as the strong favorites to win with a point spread of -16. Our analysis favors Gonzaga’s chances to pull away with an easy win and cover the spread. When considering how each team prefers to play, both Gonzaga and Pacific are near the NCAA average in possessions per game. We like how this scenario benefits Gonzaga, as their superior talent should come through throughout the game in an easy win. Although the Bulldogs don’t have a great track record vs the spread as the betting favorite, going 1-4 (last 5), we like their chances to come away with the ATS win.
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