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Northern Illinois vs Gonzaga Pick & Preview: Monday, December 12th Betting Odds
Huskies vs Bulldogs Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Northern Illinois Huskies at Gonzaga Bulldogs
- Where: Spokane at McCarthey Athletic Center
- Date: Monday, December 12th
- Betting Odds: Northern Illinois +30, NILL +8200 | GNZG -333278 O/U 151.0
Heading into today’s matchup vs Gonzaga, the Northern Illinois Huskies will be taking the floor for the 10th time this season and have an overall record of 3-6. On the road, the Huskies will be playing their 7th game of the season, having gone 2-5. So far, the Huskies have been the underdog 4 times, going 0-4 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +30 underdogs on the spread.
Northern Illinois’ leading scorer this season is Keshawn Williams who is averaging 17.44 points per contest. So far, Williams has accounted for 25.12% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.22 rebounds per game and 2.56 assists. David Coit is the second leading scorer for the Huskies, averaging 14.0 points per game. Between him and Coit, they are accounting for 45.3% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Northern Illinois this season, as they are currently ranked 400th in college basketball at 64.1 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Huskies’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.8%, placing them 375th in the NCAA.
Gonzaga heads into this matchup having played 10 games and have an overall record sitting at 7-3. Currently, the Bulldogs have been the home team 8 times, sitting with a record of 6-2. The Bulldogs’ are sitting with a betting line that is -30 points in their favor. For the season, Gonzaga has been favored to win in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 7-2.
Gonzaga’s leading scorer this season is Drew Timme who is averaging 20.0 points per contest. So far, Timme has accounted for 25.03% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 8.1 rebounds per game and 3.1 assists. Julian Strawther is the second leading scorer for the Bulldogs, averaging 14.1 points per game. Between him and Strawther, they are accounting for 42.7% of the team’s scoring.
Through 10 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 -30
Gonzaga Bulldogs will tip off their matchup over Northern Illinois Huskies as the strong favorites to pick up the win with a point spread sitting at -30. Our analysis like’s Gonzaga’s chances to pull away with an easy win and cover the spread. When looking at how each team likes to play, both Gonzaga and Northern Illinois 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 1-4 (last 5), we like their chances to come away with the ATS win.