Gonzaga vs Portland Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Saturday, January 28, 2023

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The Portland Pilots (11-12, 3-6 WCC) will host the Gonzaga Bulldogs (17-4, 7-1 WCC) after victories in three straight home games. It starts at 7:00 PM ET on Saturday, January 28, 2023.

Saturday’s matchup between the Bulldogs and the Pilots features the Bulldogs as substantial 13-point favorites. The matchup has an over/under of 166.5.

Gonzaga vs. Portland Odds

Point Spread for Gonzaga vs. Portland

The spread for this matchup is set at 13 points, with bookmakers listing Gonzaga as the favorite.

Gonzaga vs. Portland Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Gonzaga has -947 odds to pick up the win, while Portland is listed at +607 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the total for the game is set at 166.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Saturday, January 28, 2023
  • Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
  • Location: Portland, Oregon
  • Arena: Chiles Center

Gonzaga vs. Portland Betting Trends

In the Gonzaga’s 20 games this year, it has six wins against the spread. The Bulldogs have been chosen as favorites in 16 games this year and have walked away with the win 13 times (81.2%) in those games. Gonzaga’s games this year have gone over the total in 11 out of 21 opportunities (52.4%).

Against the spread, Portland is 10-11-0 this season. The Pilots have gone 2-8 in games they were listed as the moneyline underdog (winning 20% of those games). Portland’s games this year have eclipsed the over/under 12 times in 21 opportunities (57.1%).

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Gonzaga vs. Portland Key Players to Watch

Gonzaga

Drew Timme paces his team in both points (22) and rebounds (7.7) per contest, and also averages 3.2 assists. Defensively, he delivers 0.9 steals and 1 block. Julian Strawther is putting up 13.5 points, 0.9 assists and 7 rebounds per contest. Anton Watson posts 10.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2 assists per game. Defensively, he averages 1.7 steals and 0.6 blocked shots.
Nolan Hickman leads his squad in assists per contest (3.7), and also posts 8.6 points and 2.4 rebounds. Defensively, he puts up 1 steal and 0.3 blocked shots.

Portland

Tyler Robertson is No. 1 on the Pilots in assists (5.4 per game), and produces 14.2 points and 5 rebounds. He also posts 0.7 steals and 0.1 blocked shots. The Pilots receive 12.5 points, 5 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game from Kristian Sjolund. Moses Wood is the Pilots’ top scorer (14.8 points per game) and rebounder (6.1), and puts up 1.8 assists. Alden Applewhite gives the Pilots 9.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists per contest. He also puts up 0.9 steals and 0 blocked shots.

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What you need to know about the Gonzaga Bulldogs

The Bulldogs have been led by their offense, as they rank best in the country by scoring 86.5 points per game. They rank 295th in college basketball in points allowed (73.7 per contest). With 34.4 boards per game, Gonzaga is 62nd in the nation. It allows 29.3 rebounds per contest, which ranks 80th in college basketball.

The Bulldogs are averaging 93.3 points per game this year when playing at home, which is 12.1 more points than they’re averaging in away games (81.2). Gonzaga is 147th in the nation with 7.8 threes per game so far this season. Meanwhile, it ranks 29th with a 37.8% shooting percentage from downtown. The Bulldogs are ceding 7.9 three-pointers per game (262nd-ranked in college basketball). They are allowing opponents to shoot 34.2% (230th-ranked) from three-point land.

The Bulldogs have gone 9-1 over their last 10 contests, with a 3-7 record against the spread in that span. In its past 10 games, Gonzaga has gone over the total six times. Gonzaga has been racking up 93 points per contest in its last 10 appearances, an average that’s a little higher than the 86.5 it has scored over the course of the 2022-23 campaign. The last 10 games have seen Gonzaga allow 1.6 more points per game (75.3) than its season-long average (73.7).

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What you need to know about the Portland Pilots

On offense the Pilots are the 64th-ranked squad in the country (76.9 points per game). Defensively they are 15th-worst (77 points allowed per game). At 30.3 rebounds per game and 31.9 rebounds allowed, Portland is 272nd and 228th in the country, respectively.

At home the Pilots are putting up 86.8 points per game, 26 more than they are averaging away (60.8). In 2022-23 Portland is 21st-best in the nation in 3-point makes (9.3 per game), and it ranks No. 40 in 3-point percentage (37.5%). The Pilots are the -1-worst squad in college basketball in 3-pointers conceded (9.8 per game) and 20th-worst in 3-point percentage defensively (37.5%).

The Pilots have a 3-7 record against the spread while going 3-7 overall over their past 10 contests. Portland has gone over the total in five of its past 10 contests. Over its past 10 games, Portland is averaging 70 points per contest, 6.9 fewer points than its season average (76.9). The Pilots are giving up 84.2 points per contest in their previous 10 games, compared to their season average of 77 points allowed.

Gonzaga vs. Portland Prediction & Pick

Our prediction to win this contest is Gonzaga, and we expect that Portland will cover the spread (Gonzaga -13). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 166.5 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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