Gonzaga vs UCLA Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/23/23

UCLA Bruins (31-5) vs Gonzaga Bulldogs (30-5)

Game Info: Thursday, March 23, 2023 at 9:45 pm (T-Mobile Arena)

Betting Odds: UCLA Bruins -1.5 -- Over/Under: 145.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Gonzaga Bulldogs and UCLA Bruins face off on Thursday in the Sweet 16 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. When these two teams faced off in 2021 it was Gonzaga that secured the 83-63 victory. 

Gonzaga Betting Preview

Gonzaga comes into this game with a 30-5 record overall and they have gone 13-20-1 against the spread. Gonzaga hasn’t been exactly dominant in the first two games of the tournament, but they have won the two games. Gonzaga beat Grand Canyon 82-70 in the first game, and in the last game against TCU, they were able to win 84-81. Drew Timme had a strong game against TCU finishing with 38 points, eight rebounds, and three assists. Gonzaga is averaging 87.3 points while their defense is giving up 73.1 points per game. 

UCLA Betting Preview

On the other side of this matchup is UCLA who sits with a 31-5 record overall and they have gone 21-13-2 against the spread. So far in the NCAA Tournament, UCLA has knocked off UNC Asheville and Northwestern. In the last game against Northwestern, the defense was elite giving up only 63 points and that led to the five point victory. Jaime Jaquez Jr had a strong game finishing with 24 points, eight rebounds, and four assists. UCLA is averaging 74.1 points while their defense is giving up 60.2 points per game. Jaquez Jr is averaging 17.5 points while shooting 48.1 percent from the field and 31.7 percent from behind the three point line. 

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Gonzaga vs UCLA Trends

The over is 6-1 in UCLA’s last seven games against a team with a winning percentage above .600. Gonzaga is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games on Thursday. The over is 5-0 in the Bruins last five games on Thursday. 

Shane’s Free Pick

UCLA’s defense has been impressive all season, and their defense is going to lockdown again in this game. UCLA is giving up only 60.2 points per game, and they are going to lockdown here. UCLA is going to keep Gonzaga right around 70 points, or less, and that will be enough for them to get the job done. Back UCLA against the spread. 

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