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Gonzaga Illinois Hoops Betting Pick

Ranked teams hit the hardwood in Spokane on Saturday night as the No. 13 Illinois Fighting Illini look for their sixth straight ATS victory over the No. 10 Gonzaga Bulldogs.

Illinois is 4-1 SU and 5-0 ATS over its past five games against Gonzaga, including an 82-75 home win over the Bulldogs as a 3-point favorite on the college basketball betting lines at the sportsbooks last December.

The Bulldogs sport records of 9-0 and 5-3 ATS heading into this battle, while the Fighting Illini have 9-0 and 4-3 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 3-3 for the Bulldogs and 3-3 for the Fighting Illini.

View Illinois vs Gonzaga Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Bulldogs as 12.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates at Bovada.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Bulldogs sit at No. 33 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Fighting Illini sit at No. 46 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Bulldogs will win this game 96-86.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Gonzaga has the nation's No. 9-rated offensive output, at 83.7 PPG. The visiting Fighting Illini defense ranks No. 124 allowing on average 63.3 PPG. The Bulldogs FG% has averaged 53.1% so far, more than the Fighting Illini marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.6% per game.

Defensively, Illinois features the nation's No. 154-rated defense on the road, allowing 69 points per game. Gonzaga, meanwhile, comes in at No. 24 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Illinois, they were a 72-64 winner as they battled Western Carolina at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 18-point favorite. Illinois got 14 points from Brandon Paul en route to a 72-64 victory over Western Carolina on Tuesday at University of Illinois Assembly Hall.

Gonzaga won its last outing, a 71-69 result against Washington State on December 5. They failed to cover in that game as a 11.5-point favorite. The Bulldogs grabbed a 71-69 win over the Cougars on Wednesday, behind a 23-point effort from Elias Harris at Friel Court.

Illinois Fighting Illini Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
After playing Western Carolina are 0-1
After a win are 8-2

Gonzaga Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Kansas State are 0-1
After playing Washington State are 6-4
After a win are 8-2

 

A few Fighting Illini at Bulldogs trends to consider:
Illinois is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Illinois is 1-9 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
Gonzaga is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Gonzaga is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Gonzaga is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Illinois
Gonzaga is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Illinois

Next up:
Illinois home to Norfolk State, Tuesday, December 11
Gonzaga home to Kansas State, Saturday, December 15