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Loyola Marymount vs Gonzaga Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 19th Betting Odds
Lions vs Bulldogs Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Loyola Marymount Lions at Gonzaga Bulldogs
- Where: Spokane at McCarthey Athletic Center
- Date: Thursday, January 19th
- Betting Odds: Loyola Marymount +15, LOYMRY +856 | GNZG -1660 O/U 157.0
The Loyola Marymount Lions head into today’s game in what will be their 21st game of the season, posting a record of 13-7. So far, the Lions have played 6 games on the road, with a record of 2-4. For the season, Loyola Marymount has been the underdog in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 5-4. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Lions being +15 point underdogs.
Loyola Marymount’s leading scorer this season is Cameron Shelton, who is averaging 18.5 points per contest. So far, Shelton has accounted for 23.69% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.85 rebounds per game and 4.6 assists. Keli Leaupepe is the second leading scorer for the Lions, averaging 14.25 points per game. Between him and Leaupepe, they are accounting for 41.9% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Loyola Marymount this season, as they are currently ranked 257th in college basketball at 69.3 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 Lions’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.4%, placing them 218th in the NCAA.
Through 19 games, the Gonzaga Bulldogs have an overall record of 16-3. So far this season, Gonzaga has played 14 games at home, sitting with a record of 12-2. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Bulldogs as the -15 point favorites. The Bulldogs have been favored 16 times, going 14-2 straight up.
Drew Timme comes into today’s game as the Bulldogs’ leading scorer at 21.47 points per contest. Not only has Timme been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Gonzaga’s top rebounder at 7.79 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 13.79 points per game. Overall, he has hit 47.2% of his shots and is adding 7.32 boards per game.
Through 19 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: Loyola Marymount Lions +15
The Gonzaga Bulldogs will tip off their matchup over Loyola Marymount Lions as the strong favorites to pick up the win with a point spread sitting at -15. Our analysis like’s Gonzaga’s chances to pull home with an easy win and cover the spread. When looking at how each team likes to play, both Gonzaga and Loyola Marymount are near the NCAA average in possessions per game. We like how this scenario favors Gonzaga, as throughout the game their superior talent should come through in an easy win. Although the Bulldogs don’t have a great track record vs the spread as the betting favorite, going 2-3 (last 5), we like their chances to come home with the ATS win.