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Everyone loves an underdog story. The latest in sports is the unranked Pepperdine Waves traveling to the No. 2 Gonzaga Bulldogs. 


The Waves are 28.5-point underdogs, via FanDuel Sportsbook, against the Bulldogs, who are on a 16-game winning streak and haven't given up 70 points since mid-January. Before we write off Pepperdine, though, let's see what the industry experts are predicting. 


Pepperdine vs Gonzaga Basketball Prediction

SB Nation

Peter Woodburn of SB Nation is giving a slight edge to Gonzaga. Jokes aside, Peter believes Pepperdine will try to press on defense to generate turnovers. It needs that to spark its offense and have a chance to match Gonzaga's scoring. He doesn't offer a pick on the line. 


Winners and Whiners

Ricky Dimon of Winners and Whiners is also confident in Gonzaga and thinks it can cover the massive spread. Ricky cites the Bulldogs being 7-1 ATS in their last eight home games and credits their fierce defense, which has held opponents to under 70 in nine straight games. 


ESPN Basketball Power Index Matchup Predictor

No surprise, ESPN is giving Pepperdine almost no chance to take this one. Gonzaga is dominating teams during its 16-game win streak. The Bulldogs are 11-5 ATS over that span, making Pepperdine's chances look bleak.


All three picks are siding with the Zags, and one believes they will cover. 


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