While the fifth-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs likely won’t have any problems getting past the Loyola Marymount Lions when they square off in their West Coast Conference matchup on Thursday night, the big question that college basketball bettors need answered is whether the Bulldogs can cover the spread as a whopping 24-point home favorite. Let’s find out right now.
Loyola vs Gonzaga NCAAB Odds & Game Preview
- When: Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 9:00 PM ET
- Where: McCarthey Athletic Center, Spokane, Washington
- TV: ROOT NW/KHQ, NBCS CA,
- Radio: Gonzaga
- Live Stream: West Coast Conference Live
- NCAAB Odds: Gonzaga -24 / Total: 144
Why Bet On Loyola Marymount at +24?
Why should you consider betting on Loyola Marymount in this affair? The best (only?) reason to back the Lions in this contest is that they’re getting a whopping 24 points as road dogs. Loyola Marymount has lost two of three and comes into this affair off a humbling 71-60 loss to Saint Mary’s on Saturday. Eli Scott led the Lions with 14 points and 12 rebounds, but Loyola Marymount was held to less than 62 points for the fifth time in their last 10 games. The Lions average 70.5 points per game (265th) while limiting the opposition to just 61.2 points per contest defensively (12th).
- Average Score For: 70.47
- Field Goals: 45.17%
- Three Points: 31.16%
- Free Throws: 76.15%
- Rebounds: 34.47
- Average Score Against: 61.24
- Field Goals: 41.11%
- Three Points: 28.77%
- Free Throws: 74.92%
- Rebounds: 28.82
Why Bet On No. 5 Gonzaga at -24?
Why should you consider betting on No. 5 Gonzaga in this contest? Well, there are a bunch of great reasons. First, the Bulldogs are playing at home where they’ve gone a pristine 11-0 SU and near-perfect 10-1 ATS so far this season. Then, there’s the fact that the Bulldogs have won seven straight and are looking to stay on a roll. Another great reason to back Gonzaga is the fact that Mark Few’s squad has one of the best offenses in the country in averaging a stunning 92.2 points per game to rank second nationally in scoring. Last but not least, the Bulldogs simply have more talent on their roster and a trio of potential NBA performers.
- Average Score For: 92.22
- Field Goals: 52.64%
- Three Points: 36.96%
- Free Throws: 75.23%
- Rebounds: 39.94
- Average Score Against: 68.50
- Field Goals: 38.76%
- Three Points: 29.90%
- Free Throws: 69.65%
- Rebounds: 34.61
Loyola vs Gonzaga NCAAB Betting Trends
- Loyola Marymount is 2-4 ATS in the last 6 games
- Loyola Marymount is 13-4 SU in the last 17 games
- The total went OVER in 4 of Loyola Marymount’s last 6 games
- Gonzaga is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 games
- Gonzaga is 5-0 SU in the last 5 games
- The total went UNDER in 6 of Gonzaga’s last 7 games
Expert Analysis and Prediction for Loyola vs Gonzaga
Okay MYBookie college basketball betting faithful, while a convincing 71 percent of public bettors are backing the Bulldogs in this one, I’m going to advise you to back the underdog Lions to narrowly cover the chalk in this one. The Lions have gone a perfect 6-0 ATS in their last six following a straight-up loss and a bankroll-boosting 7-2 ATS in their last nine games following an ATS loss.
While Gonzaga has gone 7-0 ATS in their last seven games and 5-0 ATS in the last five games against their the West Coast Conference rivals, Loyola Marymount has gone 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against their conference counterparts and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games. I’m going with the Lions to cover the chalk!
NCAAB Betting Pick: Gonzaga 80 Loyola Marymount 60