Gonzaga vs Pepperdine Prediction: Picks, Live Odds & Moneyline – Saturday, December 31, 2022

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The Gonzaga Bulldogs (11-3, 0-0 WCC) aim to extend a six-game winning stretch when they host the Pepperdine Waves (7-7, 0-0 WCC) at 5:00 PM ET on Saturday, December 31, 2022 at McCarthey Athletic Center.

Gonzaga is a mammoth 20.5-point favorite against Pepperdine when the Bulldogs square off with the Waves on Saturday. The game’s over/under is 160.

Gonzaga vs. Pepperdine Odds

Point Spread for Gonzaga vs. Pepperdine

The spread for this matchup is set at 20.5 points, with oddsmakers listing Gonzaga as the favorite.

Gonzaga vs. Pepperdine Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Gonzaga has -4549 odds to pick up the win, while Pepperdine is listed at +1600 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 160 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Saturday, December 31, 2022
  • Game Time: 5:00 PM ET
  • Location: Spokane, Washington
  • Arena: McCarthey Athletic Center

Gonzaga vs. Pepperdine Betting Trends

In the Gonzaga’s 13 games this year, it has four wins against the spread. The Bulldogs have come away with seven wins in the nine contests they have been listed as the favorites in this season. Gonzaga has hit the over in 66.7% of its opportunities this year (eight times in 12 games with a set point total).

Against the spread, Pepperdine is 5-7-0 this year. The Waves have lost all four of the games they have been the underdog on the moneyline this season. Pepperdine’s games this year have eclipsed the over/under seven times in 12 opportunities (58.3%).

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Gonzaga vs. Pepperdine Key Players to Watch


Drew Timme averages 21.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game — both team highs. He is also averaging 3.3 assists, shooting 64.6% from the floor. Julian Strawther averages 12.9 points, 7.7 rebounds and 0.8 assists per contest, shooting 45.9% from the floor and 41.3% from downtown with 1.9 made 3-pointers per contest. Anton Watson averages 9.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. Defensively, he delivers 1.8 steals and 0.6 blocked shots. Nolan Hickman averages a team-leading 3.8 assists per contest. He is also averaging 8.6 points and 2.4 rebounds, shooting 41.9% from the field and 35.7% from downtown with 1.4 made 3-pointers per game.


Maxwell Lewis leads the Waves in scoring (19.4 points per game), and posts 5.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists. He also averages 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocked shots. Houston Mallette gets the Waves 13.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. He also averages 1.0 steal and 0.1 blocked shots. Mike Mitchell Jr. is putting up a team-best 4.6 assists per game. And he is delivering 11.0 points and 4.2 rebounds, making 40.3% of his shots from the floor and 47.3% from beyond the arc, with 2.5 treys per game. Jevon Porter is the Waves’ top rebounder (7.5 per game), and he produces 10.5 points and 0.7 assists.

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What you need to know about the Gonzaga Bulldogs

Gonzaga went 9-4-3 ATS in conference action last season. The Bulldogs have been lifted by their offense, as they rank eighth-best in the country by tallying 85.1 points per game. They rank 247th in college basketball in points allowed (71.5 per contest). Gonzaga is grabbing 35.0 boards per game (83rd-ranked in college basketball). It is allowing 27.8 rebounds per contest (34th-ranked).

Gonzaga is 191st in the nation with 7.4 threes per game this year. Meanwhile, it ranks 49th with a 37.5% shooting percentage from beyond the arc. This season, the Bulldogs are allowing 7.4 treys per game (216th-ranked in college basketball) and are allowing opposing teams to shoot 31.3% (116th-ranked) from beyond the arc.

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What you need to know about the Pepperdine Waves

Pepperdine’s conference games hit the over 10 out of 17 times last year. Offensively the Waves are the 68th-ranked squad in college basketball (77.9 points per game). On defense they are 303rd (73.8 points allowed per game). On the boards, Pepperdine is 51st in the nation in rebounds (35.9 per game). It is 258th in rebounds allowed (32.6 per game).

In 2022-23 the Waves are scoring 17.7 more points per game at home (84.5) than on the road (66.8). At 9.1 made 3-pointers per game and shooting 38.0% from beyond the arc, Pepperdine is 48th and 33rd in the nation, respectively, in those categories. The Waves are 131st in the nation in 3-pointers conceded (6.7 per game) and 135th in 3-point percentage defensively (31.9%).

Gonzaga vs. Pepperdine Prediction & Pick

Our prediction to win this game is Gonzaga, and we project that Pepperdine will cover the spread (Gonzaga -20.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 160 points.

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How to bet Gonzaga vs. Pepperdine

You can bet on Gonzaga vs. Pepperdine 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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Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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