Gonzaga vs Pepperdine Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Saturday, February 18, 2023

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The Gonzaga Bulldogs (22-5, 12-2 WCC) will attempt to continue a three-game winning streak when they visit the Pepperdine Waves (9-18, 2-12 WCC) at 7:00 PM ET on Saturday, February 18, 2023 at Firestone Fieldhouse. The contest airs on WCC Network.

Gonzaga is a colossal 16-point favorite against Pepperdine when the Bulldogs take the court against the Waves on Saturday. The game has a point total of 170.5.

Gonzaga vs. Pepperdine Odds

Point Spread for Gonzaga vs. Pepperdine

The spread for this matchup is set at 16 points, with bookmakers listing Gonzaga as the favorite.

Gonzaga vs. Pepperdine Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Gonzaga has -1676 odds to pick up the win, while Pepperdine is listed at +900 to claim victory.


Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 170.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Saturday, February 18, 2023
  • Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: WCC Network
  • Location: Malibu, California
  • Arena: Firestone Fieldhouse

Gonzaga vs. Pepperdine Betting Trends

Against the spread, Gonzaga is 10-16-0 this season. The Bulldogs have won in 18, or 85.7%, of the 21 contests they have been named as odds-on favorites in this year. Gonzaga’s games this year have eclipsed the over/under 60% of the time (15 out of 25 games with a set point total).

In Pepperdine’s 25 games this season, it has nine wins against the spread. The Waves have compiled a 2-12 record in games they were the underdog on the moneyline (winning 14.3% of those games). Pepperdine has gone over the point total 72% of the time this year (18 of 25 games with a set point total).

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Gonzaga vs. Pepperdine Key Players to Watch


Drew Timme leads his squad in points (20.8), rebounds (7.4) and assists (3.3) per game, shooting 60.7% from the floor. At the other end, he puts up 0.8 steals and 1.0 block. Julian Strawther posts 15.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game. At the other end, he puts up 0.9 steals and 0.3 blocked shots. Anton Watson puts up 11.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. At the other end, he averages 1.8 steals and 0.5 blocked shots. Rasir Bolton is putting up 11.1 points, 2.5 assists and 1.8 rebounds per contest.


Maxwell Lewis is averaging team highs in points (17.6 per game) and assists (2.8). And he is delivering 5.8 rebounds, making 48.4% of his shots from the floor and 36.0% from 3-point range, with 1.5 triples per game. Jevon Porter tops the Waves in rebounding (7.3 per game), and produces 11.9 points and 0.8 assists. He also posts 0.9 steals and 0.9 blocked shots. Mike Mitchell Jr. is posting a team-leading 4.9 assists per game. And he is delivering 11.6 points and 3.9 rebounds, making 43.1% of his shots from the floor and 44.6% from 3-point range, with 2.4 triples per game. Houston Mallette gets the Waves 13.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. He also posts 1.0 steal and 0.1 blocked shots.

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What you need to know about the Gonzaga Bulldogs

Gonzaga has compiled a 6-7-0 conference record against the spread this season. The Bulldogs have been led by their offense, as they rank best in the country by scoring 87.1 points per game. They rank 291st in college basketball in points allowed (73.7 per contest). With 33.6 boards per game, Gonzaga is 87th in college basketball. It allows 28.8 rebounds per contest, which ranks 59th in college basketball.

The Bulldogs are scoring 92.9 points per game this season at home, which is 9.6 more points than they’re averaging on the road (83.3). Gonzaga is making 7.6 treys per game this season (159th-ranked in college basketball), and it sports a 38.4% three-point percentage (15th-best). The Bulldogs are ceding 8.0 treys per game (273rd-ranked in college basketball). They are allowing opposing teams to shoot 34.0% (200th-ranked) from beyond the arc.

The Bulldogs are 5-5 against the spread and 8-2 overall over their last 10 games. Gonzaga has hit the over in six of its last 10 games. Gonzaga’s offense has been improved over its last 10 games, scoring 89.1 points per contest compared to the 87.1 it has averaged this season. Gonzaga has been a little suspect on the defensive end of the floor recently, allowing 74.9 points per game over its last 10 contests compared to the 73.7 it has surrendered this season.

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What you need to know about the Pepperdine Waves

Pepperdine has put together a 4-9-0 ATS record so far this season in conference action. The Waves are 43rd in college basketball in points scored (78.1 per game) and worst in points allowed (80.5). Pepperdine is 87th in college basketball in rebounds per game (33.6) and 309th in rebounds conceded (33.4).

The Waves average 81.3 points per game at home, and 74.8 on the road. Beyond the arc, Pepperdine is 78th in the country in 3-pointers made per game (8.3). It is 70th in 3-point percentage at 36.3%. Giving up 7.7 3-pointers per game and conceding 35.1% from beyond the arc, the Waves are 246th and 273rd in the country, respectively, in those categories.

The Waves have gone 2-8 in their last 10 contests, with a 4-6 record against the spread during that span. Eight of Pepperdine’s last 10 outings have gone over the total. Pepperdine has fared worse offensively over its past 10 games, generating 77.6 points per contest, 0.5 fewer points its than season average of 78.1. Over their past 10 games, the Waves are surrendering 86.0 points per contest, 5.5 more points than their season average (80.5).

Gonzaga vs. Pepperdine Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this game is Gonzaga, and we project that Pepperdine will cover the spread (Gonzaga -16). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 170.5 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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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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