Gonzaga vs Portland Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Saturday, January 14, 2023

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The Gonzaga Bulldogs (15-3, 5-0 WCC) aim to build on a six-game home winning stretch when hosting the Portland Pilots (9-10, 1-4 WCC) on Saturday, January 14, 2023 at 10:00 PM ET.

Saturday’s game between the Bulldogs and the Pilots sees the Bulldogs as a major, 18.5-point favorite. The over/under for the game is 159.5.

Gonzaga vs. Portland Odds

Point Spread for Gonzaga vs. Portland

The spread for this matchup is set at 18.5 points, with oddsmakers listing Gonzaga as the favorite.

Gonzaga vs. Portland Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Gonzaga has -2789 odds to pick up the win, while Portland is listed at +1150 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 159.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Saturday, January 14, 2023
  • Game Time: 10:00 PM ET
  • Location: Spokane, Washington
  • Arena: McCarthey Athletic Center

Gonzaga vs. Portland Betting Trends

Against the spread, Gonzaga is 5-12-0 this season. The Bulldogs have been chosen as favorites in 13 games this year and have walked away with the win 11 times (84.6%) in those games. Gonzaga has hit the over in 52.9% of its opportunities this year (nine times in 17 games with a set point total).

Portland has played 17 games, with eight wins, against the spread. The Pilots have compiled a 2-6 record in games they were listed as the moneyline underdog (winning 25% of those games). Portland’s games this year have hit the over on nine of 17 set point totals (52.9%).

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Gonzaga vs. Portland Key Players to Watch

Gonzaga

Drew Timme is tops on his squad in both points (21.7) and rebounds (8.2) per game, and also averages 3.4 assists. Defensively, he averages 0.9 steals and 1.0 block. Julian Strawther is putting up 13.8 points, 1.1 assists and 7.3 rebounds per contest. Anton Watson is posting 9.9 points, 1.9 assists and 5.2 rebounds per game. Nolan Hickman posts a team-high 3.7 assists per contest. He is also putting up 8.4 points and 2.4 rebounds, shooting 43.5% from the floor and 35.7% from beyond the arc with 1.4 made 3-pointers per contest.

Portland

The Pilots receive 13.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game from Kristian Sjolund. Moses Wood is No. 1 on the Pilots in rebounding (6.1 per game), and averages 13.6 points and 1.9 assists. He also averages 0.3 steals and 0.5 blocked shots. Alden Applewhite is averaging 9.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per contest, making 44.0% of his shots from the floor.

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What you need to know about the Gonzaga Bulldogs

The Bulldogs are surrendering 73.0 points per game this season (284th-ranked in college basketball), but they’ve really shined on offense, averaging 85.3 points per game (third-best). Gonzaga is averaging 34.8 rebounds per game (70th-ranked in college basketball). It is ceding 29.3 rebounds per contest (79th-ranked).

In home games, the Bulldogs are scoring 17.2 more points per game (94.0) than they are in away games (76.8). Gonzaga is sinking 7.6 threes per game (168th-ranked in college basketball). It owns a 37.8% shooting percentage (40th-ranked) from three-point land. So far this season, the Bulldogs are ceding 7.7 treys per game (246th-ranked in college basketball) and are allowing opponents to shoot 33.6% (202nd-ranked) from beyond the arc.

The Bulldogs have a 3-7 record against the spread while going 9-1 overall over their past 10 games. Four of Gonzaga’s last 10 games have hit the over. Gonzaga’s offense has been improved over its last 10 games, scoring 88.7 points per contest compared to the 85.3 it has averaged this season. The last 10 games have seen Gonzaga allow 1.7 fewer points per game (71.3) than its season-long average (73.0).

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What you need to know about the Portland Pilots

The Pilots are 76th in the country in points scored (76.5 per game) and 315th in points allowed (74.6). Portland is 238th in the country in rebounds per game (31.2) and 221st in rebounds allowed (31.7).

The Pilots average 86.2 points per game at home, and 58.5 away. In 2022-23, Portland is 26th in the nation in 3-point makes (9.3 per game) and 65th in 3-point percentage (36.7%). In 2022-23, the Pilots are seventh-worst in the nation in 3-pointers conceded (9.5 per game) and 330th in defensive 3-point percentage (36.9%).

The Pilots have gone 3-7 in their past 10 games, with a 4-6 record against the spread in that span. In its past 10 games, Portland has hit the over five times. Over its past 10 games, Portland is scoring 73.8 points per game, 2.7 fewer points than its season average (76.5). In their last 10 games, the Pilots are surrendering 76.5 points per contest, 1.9 more points than their season average (74.6).

Gonzaga vs. Portland Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this contest is Gonzaga, and we expect that Portland will cover the spread (Gonzaga -18.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 159.5 points.

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How to bet Gonzaga vs. Portland

You can bet on Gonzaga vs. Portland 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

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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