Gonzaga vs BYU Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Thursday, January 12, 2023

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The Gonzaga Bulldogs (14-3, 4-0 WCC) will attempt to build on a three-game road winning streak when squaring off against the BYU Cougars (13-6, 3-2 WCC) on Thursday, January 12, 2023 at Marriott Center, airing at 9:30 PM ET.

The Bulldogs match up against the Cougars in a game that Gonzaga is currently a solid favorite by 6.5 points. The game’s over/under is 153.5.

Gonzaga vs. BYU Odds

Point Spread for Gonzaga vs. BYU

The spread for this matchup is set at 6.5 points, with sportsbooks listing Gonzaga as the favorite.

Gonzaga vs. BYU Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Gonzaga has -287 odds to pick up the win, while BYU is listed at +230 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the total for the game is set at 153.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Thursday, January 12, 2023
  • Game Time: 9:30 PM ET
  • Location: Provo, Utah
  • Arena: Marriott Center

Gonzaga vs. BYU Betting Trends

Gonzaga has five wins against the spread in 16 games this year. The Bulldogs have been chosen as favorites in 12 games this year and have walked away with the win 10 times (83.3%) in those games. Gonzaga’s games this year have hit the over on nine of 17 set point totals.

BYU has played 17 games, with eight wins, against the spread. The Cougars have won three of the six games they were listed as the moneyline underdog this season (50%). BYU’s games this year have hit the over on seven of 17 set point totals (41.2%).

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Gonzaga vs. BYU Key Players to Watch

Gonzaga

Drew Timme paces the Bulldogs with 21.8 points per game and 7.9 rebounds, while also putting up 3.5 assists. Julian Strawther is posting 13.9 points, 1.1 assists and 7.3 rebounds per contest. Anton Watson is averaging 9.5 points, 2.0 assists and 5.1 rebounds per contest. Rasir Bolton posts 11.3 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists per contest, shooting 43.0% from the field and 41.8% from beyond the arc with 1.6 made 3-pointers per contest.

BYU

The Cougars receive 12.0 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game from Gideon George. Fousseyni Traore leads the Cougars in scoring (12.8 points per game) and rebounding (7.9), and posts 1.4 assists. He also delivers 0.8 steals and 0.7 blocked shots. Rudi Williams gets the Cougars 12.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. He also delivers 1.0 steal and 0.2 blocked shots. Jaxson Robinson gets the Cougars 7.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest. He also puts up 0.6 steals and 0.6 blocked shots.

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What you need to know about the Gonzaga Bulldogs

The Bulldogs are ceding 72.9 points per game this year (277th-ranked in college basketball), but they’ve really played well on offense, averaging 85.9 points per game (third-best). With 34.2 rebounds per game, Gonzaga ranks 101st in the nation. It cedes 29.4 rebounds per contest, which ranks 86th in college basketball.

With 7.6 three-pointers per game, Gonzaga ranks 167th in the nation. It owns a 38.0% shooting percentage from downtown, which ranks 36th in college basketball. The Bulldogs are 206th in college basketball with 7.4 three-pointers allowed per game so far this season. Meanwhile, they rank 144th with a 32.4% shooting percentage allowed from three-point land.

The Bulldogs have gone 9-1 over their past 10 contests, with a 3-7 record against the spread in that span. Gonzaga has hit the over in five of its last 10 outings. Gonzaga has seen an uptick in scoring lately, racking up 87.5 points per game in its last 10 outings, 1.6 points more than the 85.9 it has scored this year. Gonzaga’s points-allowed average over its past 10 games (70.3) is 2.6 fewer points per game than the team is allowing over the entire season (72.9).

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What you need to know about the BYU Cougars

At 74.5 points scored per game and 66.7 points conceded, the Cougars are 130th in the nation offensively and 113th defensively. On the glass, BYU is 40th in the nation in rebounds (35.8 per game). It is 20th-best in rebounds allowed (27.7 per game).

The Cougars are scoring more points at home (74.3 per game) than on the road (67.8). In 2022-23, BYU is 85th in college basketball in 3-point makes (8.4 per game) and 233rd in 3-point percentage (32.9%). The Cougars are 183rd in the nation in 3-pointers allowed (7.2 per game) and 186th in 3-point percentage defensively (33.2%).

The Cougars have gone 7-3 over their past 10 contests, with a 6-4 record against the spread in that span. BYU has hit the over twice in its past 10 contests. In its past 10 games, BYU is posting 73.5 points per contest, compared to its season average of 74.5. While the Cougars are giving up 66.7 points per game in 2022-23, they have improved that mark over their previous 10 games, allowing 62.2 points per contest.

Gonzaga vs. BYU Prediction & Pick

Our prediction to win this game is Gonzaga, and we predict that BYU will cover the spread (Gonzaga -6.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 153.5 points.

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How to bet Gonzaga vs. BYU

You can bet on Gonzaga vs. BYU at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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WRITTEN BY

Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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