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Santa Clara vs Gonzaga Pick & Preview: Thursday, February 2nd Betting Odds
Broncos vs Bulldogs Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Santa Clara Broncos at Gonzaga Bulldogs
- Where: Spokane at McCarthey Athletic Center
- Date: Thursday, February 2nd
- Betting Odds: Santa Clara +13.5, SANCLR +650 | GNZG -1127 O/U 159.0
Santa Clara will be looking to pick up a win in today’s game vs Gonzaga in order to snap their current 2 game losing streak. So far, the Broncos have played 5 games on the road, with a record of 2-3. For the season, Santa Clara has been the underdog in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 4-5. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Broncos being +13.5 point underdogs.
Brandin Podziemski comes into today’s game as the Broncos’ leading scorer at 19.0 points per contest. Not only has Podziemski been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Santa Clara’s top rebounder at 8.23 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 15.04 points per game. Overall, he has hit 42.7% of his shots and is adding 2.26 boards per game.
Through 23 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.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs will be looking to pick up their 23rd win of the season and are in the middle of a 2 game win streak. So far this season, Gonzaga has played 15 games at home, sitting with a record of 12-3. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Bulldogs as the -13.5 point favorites. The Bulldogs have been favored 19 times, going 16-3 straight up.
Drew Timme comes into today’s game as the Bulldogs’ leading scorer at 21.41 points per contest. Not only has Timme been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Gonzaga’s top rebounder at 7.5 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 14.68 points per game. Overall, he has hit 48.1% of his shots and is adding 7.0 boards per game.
Through 22 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: Santa Clara Broncos +13.5
After examining this game, we think that Gonzaga’s desire to get up and down the court will create problems for the Santa Clara Broncos, who are more comfortable with a slower pace. Even with a -13.5 point spread, the Bulldogs’ up-tempo style will likely lead to an easy win. Our recommendation is to bet on Gonzaga to not only come out on top but also cover the spread against Santa Clara.