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Gonzaga vs Santa Clara Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 7th Betting Odds

Bulldogs vs Broncos Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Gonzaga Bulldogs at Santa Clara Broncos
  • Where: Santa Clara at Leavey Center
  • Date: Saturday, January 7th
  • Betting Odds: Gonzaga -8, GNZG -370 | SANCLR +279 O/U 157.5

Bulldogs Preview:

The Gonzaga Bulldogs will be looking to pick up their 17th win of the season and are in the middle of a 8 game win streak. On the road, the Bulldogs will be playing their 3rd game of the season, having gone 2-1. This season, Gonzaga has been favored to win in 13 games, sitting with a mark of 11-2. For today’s contest, Gonzaga has a betting line set -8 points in their favor.

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Drew Timme comes into today’s game as the Bulldogs’ leading scorer at 21.94 points per contest. Not only has Timme been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Gonzaga’s top rebounder at 8.06 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 13.69 points per game. Overall, he has hit 47.5% of his shots and is adding 7.38 boards per game.

Through 16 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.

Broncos Preview:

Santa Clara will take the floor against the Bulldogs with an overall record of 14-4. Currently, the Broncos have been the home team 15 times, sitting with a record of 13-2. So far, the Broncos have been the underdog 7 times, going 4-3 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +8 underdogs on the spread.

Brandin Podziemski comes into today’s game as the Broncos’ leading scorer at 18.35 points per contest. Not only has Podziemski been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Santa Clara’s top rebounder at 8.53 boards per contest. Behind Podziemski, the team has benefited from the strong play of Carlos Stewart, who is second on the team in scoring at 15.24 points per game. Overall, he has hit 43.6% of his shots and is adding 2.24 boards per game.

Through 18 games, Santa Clara has been playing well on offense, averaging 78.1 points per game. Even though the team has been methodical with their pace, the Broncos’ shooters have been hot from outside, hitting 38.8% of their shots per game. This strong shooting percentage has equated to an average of 7.34 made 3’s per contest.

Free Spread Prediction: Santa Clara Broncos +8

If you’re unsure whether to place a bet against the spread in this game, we recommend betting on the Santa Clara Broncos team as they are +8 point underdogs. One factor that can be detrimental to teams who are heavy underdogs is when they are facing a team that controls the tempo of play. However, both Santa Clara and Gonzaga have possession rates that are close to the NCAA average. Since the style of play won’t be a problem for the Broncos and they have a 4-1 record against the spread in their last 5 games as underdogs, we believe they will cover the spread at home.

 


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