Gonzaga at Pepperdine odds, picks and prediction

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Johnny Parlay
| Sportsbook Wire

The top-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs (16-0, 7-0 West Coast) visit the Pepperdine Waves (7-7, 3-2) Saturday for an 8 p.m. ET tip-off. Below, we analyze the Gonzaga-Pepperdine college basketball odds and lines, with picks and predictions.

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Gonzaga at Pepperdine: Odds, spread and lines

Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated at 11:45 a.m. ET.

  • Money line : None listed as of this publishing, likely because the point spread is so large.
  • Against the spread/ATS : Gonzaga -21.5 (-105) | Pepperdine +21.5 (-115)
  • Over/Under : 163.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)

Gonzaga at Pepperdine: Three things to know

  1. This is not a misprint. Gonzaga owns a 40-game win streak vs Pepperdine and leads the all-time series 60-31. The Bulldogs took the first meeting of the season 95-70 at home Jan. 14 but failed to cover as 27-point favorites. The Waves’ last win in the series, an 88-79 home victory, was way back on Jan. 18, 2002.
  2. Gonzaga is coming off a 90-62 rout at San Diego Thursday but didn’t cover the spread as a 29.5-point favorite. Sophomore F Drew Timme and senior F Corey Kispert scored 21 and 19 points, respectively, as the Zags cruised to their 20th win in a row dating back to last season. Kispert is the Bulldogs’ leading scorer at 20.5 points per game followed by Timme’s 18.7 PPG.
  3. Pepperdine is 3-1 since its loss to Gonzaga earlier in the month. It most recently squeaked past visiting BYU 76-73 Wednesday. G Colbey Ross hit 1 of 2 free throws to break a 73-all tie with 44 seconds left. The senior would sink 2 more FTs 27 seconds later and finished with a game-high 19 points. Junior F Kessler Edwards leads the Waves in points (18.3 PPG), rebounds (6.6 RPG) and blocks (1.3 BPG).

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Gonzaga at Pepperdine: Odds, lines, predictions and picks

Prediction

Gonzaga 94, Pepperdine 74

Money line (ML)

No line was posted as of this publishing. If BetMGM eventually lists one, it definitely won’t be worth a bet due to the large spread and lopsided matchup.

Against the spread (ATS)

Back PEPPERDINE +21.5 ( -115) with a HALF-UNIT bet. The Waves have covered the spread in five of the last six games in the head-to-head series.

They’re also 4-0-1 ATS in their last five games overall, while the Zags, who are beating opponents by an average of 24.1 PPG, are 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games.

ATS: Gonzaga 7-8-1 | Pepperdine 7-4-1

Over/Under (O/U)

The OVER 163.5 ( -110) is the STRONGEST PLAY1½ times your usual wager. The Zags lead the country in scoring at 94.1 PPG and field-goal percentage at 55.0%.

With that type of offensive attack, they don’t have to focus too much on defense. They yield 70.1 PPG; the Waves’ offense averages 76.1 PPG.

This all amounts to a high-scoring affair.

O/U records: Gonzaga 7-9 | Pepperdine 4-7-1

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Johnny’s 2020-21 CBK record / Strongest plays

43-36-1 / 18-21

CBK record since Jan. 1 / Strongest plays

28-19-1 / 13-11

2021 overall record (all sports) / Strongest plays

41-25-1 / 21-13

2020 overall record (all sports) / Strongest plays

178-147-4 / 87-61-1

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