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Gonzaga Portland Betting Predictions – Gonzaga Tries To Keep Rolling Versus Portland

Posted by Washington Tucker on 1/15/2013 6:25:02 PM

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are ranked in the top 10. They've lost only one time to this point in the 2012-2013 season. They know they need to remain on top of their game this Thursday night.

Gonzaga Bulldogs @ Portland Pilots – Thursday, January 17
Betting line: No line

Why Gonzaga Will Win

Legal online sports betting analysts know that when they do their homework and go over the important matchups in this game, they will emphasize the superiority of the Bulldogs over and against the Pilots. Gonzaga is simply a better team.

The Zags have more skill, more size, more quickness, more depth, more scoring punch, more of everything. Gonzaga can overpower Portland with its bigs, especially the dramatically improved Kelly Olynyk, who has come alive for head coach Mark Few this season. Gonzaga can enter the ball into the low post and play a slowdown game. However, if Portland collapses on defense and tries to take away Olynyk, the Zags have an effective forward, Elias Harris, who can also attack the rim on offense and take care of the glass at both ends of the floor.

In the backcourt, the Bulldogs are also loaded, with Kevin Pangos providing stability and a solid jump shot at the point guard position. This team is deep and versatile. It can win at various paces of play and within various stylistic frameworks. It is equipped to handle any team in the West Coast Conference, which is weaker this year than it has been in some time.

The other thing to be said about this game is that Portland just can't score consistently. The Pilots average just under 62 points per game, and that includes cupcake opponents at the beginning of the season. Portland has already lost two WCC games, scoring fewer than 51 points in each of them. Gonzaga's defense figures to hold Portland to fewer than 65 points. Since Gonzaga averages almost 81 points, the visitors should not be troubled by the Pilots.

Why Portland Will Win

NCAA football betting gurus with minimal college basketball knowledge should be able to look at the big picture with respect to this contest. It's true that Gonzaga is highly ranked, but the Zags did lose at home to an Illinois team that is getting thumped left and right in the Big Ten Conference at the moment. Illinois has been hammered by Minnesota and Wisconsin, showing that the Illini are not that great a team.

Gonzaga has also won by very close margins against teams that are less than imposing: Oklahoma State, Santa Clara, and Saint Mary's, to name a few. Portland has a very legitimate chance of remaining close heading into the final five minutes of regulation. Just a few shots and a few defensive stops could put the Pilots over the top.

Who Will Win

It’s clear that Portland is not a particularly explosive team. Gonzaga might not play well in stretches, but it's hard to see how the Pilots will have enough offense to upset the Bulldogs. Take Gonzaga.

College Basketball Betting Pick: Gonzaga

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