The No. 12 Gonzaga Bulldogs (7-2) will try to put an end to the five-game winning streak of Washington when they travel to Alaska Airlines Arena to take on the Huskies (7-2). Gonzaga opened as an 8.5-point favorite, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 156.5 points. Action gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 10, 2017, and it can be seen on Pac-12 Network.
Gonzaga Bulldogs at Washington Huskies ATS Preview
In the Bulldogs last outing, they lost to the No. 4 Villanova Wildcats, 88-72. With 22 points on 8-for-12 shooting, Zach Norvell Jr. was Gonzaga’s leading scorer. Villanova’s 14.7 turnover percentage was their largest strength over Gonzaga, who had a mark of 23.7. The Wildcats mark was worse than their season average of 14.6, while the Bulldogs was above their season average of 15.1.
The Huskies hope to maintain momentum after topping the No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks in their last outing, 74-65. Noah Dickerson led the way for Washington, putting up 13 points, 14 rebounds and five assists. Washington played a flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.117 (matching their season average) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 27.8 (below their season average of 35.6). For those same stats, Kansas was 0.065 and 22.9, respectively.
Washington might struggle to score as they square off against one of the nation’s best defenses. Since last season, Gonzaga ranks 17th in defensive efficiency while the Huskies rank 153rd in offensive efficiency. Ball security should be an advantage for the Bulldogs. They rank 51st at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 16.8 percent). Conversely, the Huskies have forced the 79th-fewest turnovers in the nation (opponents turnover percentage of 17.7 percent).
Of Gonzaga’s 6 games that accepted bets, four have finished over the O/U total, while 4 of Washington’s 8 games have finished over the O/U total. Both teams have excellent straight up (SU) records (7-2 for Gonzaga; 7-2 for Washington), but the Huskies have the edge against the spread (ATS). Washington is 4-3-1 ATS, while the Bulldogs are 3-3.
The Bulldogs won the only contest against the Huskies last season, 98-71. Gonzaga had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.600 vs. 0.335). Washington, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (48.3 vs. 30.6).
Gonzaga Bulldogs at Washington Huskies Odds Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Gonzaga, ATS Winner – Gonzaga, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Bulldogs rank 53rd in blocks per game (4.4) while the Huskies rank 106th in blocks allowed per game (3.4).
- Gonzaga ranks eighth in assists allowed per game (10.3) while Washington ranks 226th (16.0).
- The Bulldogs rank 46th in steals allowed per game (5.3) while the Huskies rank 160th (6.8).
- Gonzaga ranks 23rd in rebounds per game (40.7) while Washington ranks 120th in rebounds allowed per game (34.5).