The No. 13 Gonzaga Bulldogs will hit the road for a matchup with the Loyola Marymount Lions on Thursday night from Gersten Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. The game will get started at 11:00 p.m. ET and air on CBS Sports Network.
My last eight college basketball picks went 5-3 heading into Thursday night’s slate. Let’s take a look at the odds and lines on DraftKings Sportsbook and make some picks.
Gonzaga vs. Loyola Marymount odds
Spread: Gonzaga -8.5
Moneyline: Gonzaga -400, Loyola Marymount +300
Gonzaga (21-5, 10-2 West Coast) will look to extend winning streak to three games coming off an 88-81 home victory over the BYU Cougars on Saturday. Julian Strawther scored a game-high 26 points on 4-of-8 shots from long range. The Bulldogs rate 14th overall in KenPom with an offense that rates second in adjusted efficiency, while they’re 93rd defensively.
Loyola Marymount (17-10, 7-6 West Coast) lost three of its last four games including a 71-69 road defeat against the Santa Clara Broncos. Cam Shelton went off for 36 points on 14-of-25 shooting from the floor, though it wasn’t enough. The Lions rate 95th overall in KenPom with an adjusted efficiency that rates similarly on both ends of the floor.
The Pick: Gonzaga -8.5
In most circumstances, the Bulldogs wouldn’t cover this number, but they have to be incredibly motivated to get back at a team that beat them last month as 16-point favorites. Gonzaga will not let that happen again with an offense that is significantly better in this matchup.