On Tuesday, the two most popular teams in college hoops will face off at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The top-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs (5-0 SU, 3-2 ATS), who are big favorites, face off against the second-ranked UCLA Bruins (5-0, 3-2).The 2017-18 season begins with a return to the Final Four, as Gonzaga faces UCLA for the third time in four years. The Bulldogs were a 14.5-point favorite against UCLA before losing in last year’s national championship game, but they fell short of covering the spread as a 93-90 loser.
Gonzaga Bulldogs vs UCLA Bruins Betting Odds & Line Movement
Both of these clubs played Monday night, and the Bulldogs had a significantly easier time with their opponent than the Bruins. Gonzaga routed Central Michigan University 107-54 as a 34-point favorite, covering the spread with ease, while UCLA defeated Bellarmine College 75-62 but failed to do so as 22.5-point chalk at GTBETS.
The Bulldogs currently enjoy a -5.5-point spread and could improve even more owing to their dominance, with five players scoring in double figures. Gonzaga demolished Bellarmine 92-50 on Friday and was a 31-point favorite, suggesting bettors who want to search for a uncommon common opponent between these teams early in the season.
Notes On The Gonzaga Bulldogs
The Dawgs outscored the Chippewas in the second half (51-22) than in the first (56-32), which gave their stars a lot of rest.Drew Timme scored 15 minutes but still totaled 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting and seven rebounds, while Chet Holmgren had a game-high 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting with three blocked shots in 20 minutes.
The Bulldogs’ bench was efficient in moving the ball down the court, scoring 11 points over 30 minutes. 14 players saw action overall, with just one of the starters playing more than 20 minutes. They had a staggering 51-23 rebounding advantage, and their main concern was their shooting from the free-throw line (14 of 24 for 58.
Notes On The UCLA Bruins
The Bruins had a different second half against the Knights, but it will be interesting to see if this affects them in the game against the top team. UCLA outscored Bellarmine 39-37 after halftime and did not shoot well overall at 45.2%.
In fact, one of the starters shot better than 50 percent from the field, with senior center Myles Johnson knocking down four of six shots to score nine points and collect 11 boards. Freshman guard Johnny Juzang had a team-high 13 points on 5-for-14 shooting, and his teammates will need to improve significantly if they are going to pull off the SU upset against Gonzaga.
Can The Gonzaga Bulldogs Cover The Pointspread?
The Bulldogs just need to continue where they left off on Monday in order to cover the spread for a third time this season. Their starters should be well rested and eager to play – it’s simply a matter of rising to the occasion and keeping hot against a significantly better opponent in UCLA.
Can The UCLA Bruins Cover The Spread?
The Bruins were able to hang tough and come close to beating their opponent last year. The Bruins did this by grabbing the ball more often than their opponent, controlling the boards. They also made a high percentage of shots, including many three-point shots. If they do this again, they will win again.