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NCAA Tournament Betting Pick & Prediction: Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. UCLA Bruins - March 23, 2023

March 22, 2023

In what should be a very entertaining game, the 3rd-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs battle the 2nd-ranked UCLA Bruins in the West Region Sweet 16 Thursday night inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada,. They jump it up at 9:45 pm and the Bruins are a very slim two-point favorite in what is sure to be a great game.Gonzaga Bulldogs Betting PreviewThe Bulldogs (30-5) have been down this road before but this season might be a tad different. Gonzaga are no longer the darling of the tourney and now they have one thing left to do -- win it all. They defeated Texas Christian University, 84-81, in the second round. The game was highly contested and competitive and the Bulldogs made some huge plays late. Led by big man Drew Timme, who erupted for 28 points as the Bulldogs held on for dear life and secured the three-point win over a very game and gritty Horned Frogs team. Timme leads all players on the team with 21 points to go along with seven rebounds and close to four assists and he extends his college career at least for one more game.He has the ability to put his team on his back and carry them when they need him too. As a whole, the Bulldogs connect on 54% from the floor and they also drill 39% from beyond the arc as a team. They are a streaky shooting team at times, but they also can get into a great groove from the outside. UCLA Bruins Betting PreviewThe Bruins (31-5) are a great team to watch and a very entertaining team at times. They have great guard play and a ton of depth and they can score with some of the best teams in the nation. They will be tested against the Bulldogs and you might want to buckle up because this game might be a high-scoring entertaining game and if you blink you might miss something.They are led by brilliant guard Jamie Jaquez Jr who leads all players in scoring with 17 points per game to go along with a team-high eight rebounds and also three assists. He is a nice player and definitely can break down any defense in the nation. Look for him to take matters into his own hands in this game. He is at his best when he can create off the dribble and break down the opposition, which also allows him to get other players involved in the offense. The Bruins have one of the deepest teams in the country and they are a very guard-heavy team. They go small and these kids know how to play.The Bruins average 74 points a game and are one of the best defensive teams in the nation, as they only allow around 60 points per contest. They can make it low scoring or they can get out and run and make it a high-scoring affair, where they force the opposition to match them point for point.Game Odds, Series Trends and Free PickThe Bruins are 4-1 in their last five games and 4-1 in their last five games against the spread but just 7-5 in their road games against the number. The totals have gone over in three of their last five games and nine of their last 21 games at home. The Bulldogs have been on fire, winners of five straight and 4-1 in their last five games against the number and 4-7 in their road games against the spread. The totals have gone over in three of their last five games.Persian Pick: UCLA Bruins - 2