While the top-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs almost assuredly won’t have any problems dispatching the Pacific Tigers when they meet in their West Coast Conference clash on Thursday, but college hoops bettors need to know if the Bulldogs can cover the spread as huge, 22-point road favorites. Let’s find out now.
Gonzaga vs Pacific NCAAB Odds, Preview & Predictions
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- When: Thursday February 28, 2019, 11:00 PM ET
- Where: Alex G. Spanos Center, Stockton, CA
- TV: ESPN2
- Radio: Pacific
- Live Stream: WatchESPN
- NCAAB Odds: Gonzaga -22 / Total: 142.5
Why Bet On Gonzaga?
The Bulldogs look like a great pick because they’re elite at both ends of the floor and Pacific is well…pretty awful. Gonzaga has won 20 straight games since losing to North cCrolina back on Dec. 15 and come into this affair off a 102-68 smackdown of BYU on Saturday. Zach Norvell Jr. scored a team-high 25 points while Rui Hachimura added 23 points and 10 rebounds and Josh Perkins added 21 points. The Bulldogs lead the nation in scoring by averaging a stellar 90.7 points per game and they routed Pacific 67-36 on Jan. 10.
- Average Score For: 90.69
- Field Goals: 53.18%
- Three Points: 37.26%
- Free Throws: 76.61%
- Rebounds: 39.55
- Average Score Against: 65.24
- Field Goals: 38.48%
- Three Points: 29.92%
- Free Throws: 68.86%
- Rebounds: 32.76
Why Bet On Pacific?
The only reason you’d even think about backing the Tigers is because they’re getting a whopping 22 points in this one. Unfortunately, Pacific has dropped five straight including a 63-56 loss to Loyola Marymount the last time out. Roberto Gallinat scored a game-high 31 points on 10 of 18 shooting, but the rest of the Tigers combined to makes just nine shots in the humbling defeat. Pacific averages an uninspiring 67.1 points per game (306th) while giving up 69.7 per contest defensively (134th).
- Average Score For: 67.10
- Field Goals: 42.61%
- Three Points: 33.87%
- Free Throws: 75.20%
- Rebounds: 32.72
- Average Score Against: 69.72
- Field Goals: 46.35%
- Three Points: 36.19%
- Free Throws: 68.52%
- Rebounds: 30.97
Gonzaga vs Pacific NCAAB Betting Trends
- Gonzaga is 12-6 ATS in the last 18 games
- Gonzaga is 5-0 SU in the last 5 games
- The total went UNDER in 12 of Gonzaga’s last 18 games
- Pacific is 3-6 ATS in the last 9 games
- Pacific is 0-5 SU in the last 5 games
- The total went UNDER in 6 of Pacific’s last 7 games
Expert Analysis and Prediction
I generally tend to be very careful when I see high spreads associated with major mismatches, but I’m thinking Gonzaga is a virtual lock to cover the chalk as 22-point road favorites simply because Pacific is completely and utterly awful.
Gonzaga has gone 16-5-1 ATS in their last 22 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points and 1-4 ATS in their last 15 games following an ATS win. Conversely, pacific has gone 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss and 1-4 ATS in their last four home games. Gonzaga wins and cover the chalk with room to spare!
NCAAB Betting Pick: Gonzaga -22