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Loyola Marymount vs. Gonzaga - 2/14/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount
Date & Time Thursday February 14, 2019, 11:00 PM (EST)
Location
Gersten Pavilion
Los Angeles, CA
The Line
Loyola Marymount Lions +20 -- Over/Under: 140
TV Channel
ESPN2
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The 3rd ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs will travel to Gersten Pavilion to take on the Loyola Marymount Lions this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The 3rd ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs won their 14th straight game and improved to 23-2 (10-0 WCC) on the season after defeating the Saint Mary’s Gaels, 94-46, this past Saturday. Gonzaga made quick work of the their in-conference rivals and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 53-20 halftime lead. Gonzaga shot 58.3% from the field while holding Saint Mary’s to just 25.9% shooting from the field & 7.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Brandon Clarke who had 24 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 blocks, and a steal.

On the season, Gonzaga is averaging 91.4 ppg on 52.8% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 8.4 three-pointers per game on 37.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Gonzaga has been led by Rui Hachimura (20.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.0 spg), Brandon Clarke (16.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.3 spg, 3.1 bpg), Zach Norvell Jr. (15.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.4 spg), and Josh Perkins (10.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 6.8 apg, 1.4 spg).

Defensively, Gonzaga is holding their opponents to an average of 65.3 ppg on 38.3% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of 6.8 and a turnover margin of 3.8.

The Loyola Marymount Lions snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 17-8 (5-6 WCC) on the season after defeating the Portland Pilots, 72-55, this past Saturday. Loyola Marymount was outstanding defensively agianst the Pilots and pulled away in the 2nd half after a 22-4 run gave the Lions a 50-33 lead with 9:33 left in regulation. Loyola Marymount shot 47.2% from the field while holding Portland to just 39.0% shooting from the field and 25.0% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Lions was James Batemon who had 28 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 assists.

On the season, Loyola Marymount is averaging 67.9 ppg on 45.6% shooting from the field. The Lions are averaging 5.2 three-pointers per game on 32.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Loyola Marymount has been led by James Batemon (16.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.7 spg), Mattias Markusson (10.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.0 apg), Dameane Douglas (8.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.4 apg), and Eli Scott (8.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.1 apg).

Defensively, Loyola Marymount is holding their opponents to an average of 61.8 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field. The Lions have a rebound margin of 4.4 and a turnover margin of 1.4.

The Bulldogs are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS win and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Lions are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS win.

Gonzaga continues to dominant in the WCC and come into this game ranked 1st in scoring offense, 1st in FG%, and 39th in scoring defense.

Loyola Marymount has won 3 of their last 5 games and although their offense has struggled as they currently rank just 298th in scoring offense, the Lions defense has been solid as they rank 13th in scoring defense and 76th in defensive FG%.

Gonzaga has looked outstanding as of late, however, Loyola Marymount is an impressive 10-2 at home this season and has a solid defense that his given opponents trouble all season. Loyola Marymount lost by a 73-55 margin on the road earlier this season and as I think their defense will give the Bulldogs some trouble, I’m taking Loyola Marymount and the points. Good Luck!

Pick:
Loyola Marymount Lions +20

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