Baylor vs Gonzaga Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for Dec. 2 (Bears, Bulldogs Go Toe-to-Toe in Sioux Falls Shootout)

Devon Platana
Baylor vs Gonzaga prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
Baylor vs Gonzaga prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photos/Rod Aydelotte
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Baylor vs Gonzaga Game Info

2022-23 NCAA College Basketball Regular Season Game
No. 6 Baylor Bears (5-2) vs. No. 14 Gonzaga Bulldogs (5-2)
Date: Friday, Dec. 2, 2022
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Venue: Sanford Pentagon — Sioux Falls, SD
Coverage: Peacock

The 2022-23 NCAA college basketball season continues on Friday, Dec. 2, including a battle between ranked schools as the No. 6 Baylor Fears go head-to-head with the No. 14 Gonzaga Bulldogs.

Baylor enters this game following a 96-70 blowout loss to Marquette on Tuesday, meaning the Bears will do what they can to get off to a hot start. Meanwhile, Gonzaga bounced back from its latest loss with an 88-84 win against Xavier over the weekend.

Can Baylor solidify its status as an elite team with a victory tonight? Or will Gonzaga prove that it has what it takes to stand strong against the Bears at Sanford Pentagon?

Baylor vs Gonzaga Odds & Spread

All NCAA college basketball betting lines, odds and prop bets.
Moneyline: BAY: (+112) | ZAGA: (-134)
Spread: BAY: +1.5 (-120) | ZAGA: -1.5 (-102)
Total: 160.5 - Over: (-115) | Under: (-105)

Gonzaga enters this contest as the slight favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 8 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 160.5 points, which is the highest of Friday's projected totals.

Baylor vs Gonzaga Prediction & Pick

If there's one thing to expect tonight, it's a lot of offense. Baylor and Gonzaga are two of the best teams when it comes to scoring the ball, averaging 88.1 points (No. 4) and 83.7 points (No. 14), respectively.

Having said that, one reason why Baylor failed to hold off Marquette is that the former couldn't guard the perimeter. Unfortunately for the Bears, the Bulldogs are great from range, putting up 11.3 threes over their last trio of games while hitting 40.7% of shots from behind the arc this season (No. 15).

Baylor was also turnover-prone in its last outing, giving the ball away 20 times. While Gonzaga isn't exactly a defensive powerhouse, the Bulldogs will take advantage of any giveaways thanks to their 51.8% field-goal percentage (No. 4).

Even though I expect a back-and-forth affair here, Baylor's recent play has me siding with Gonzaga as the victor.

Final Score Prediction: Gonzaga: 87 | Baylor: 84

Baylor vs Gonzaga Betting Trends

- Baylor is 5-0 against the spread (ATS) in its last five games against the WCC.
- Gonzaga is 4-1 straight up in its last five games against Baylor.
- The total has hit the over in seven of Baylor's last eight games.
- The total has hit the over in eight of Gonzaga's last 10 games against the Big 12.

Baylor vs Gonzaga Best Bet

Again, there should be no shortage of fireworks in Sioux Falls. Gonzaga and Baylor are two of the top teams in the country, averaging a combined 171.8 PPG. Neither defense is anything special thus far, so it isn't like there will be a ton of stops either.

With the total going over in all but one of Baylor's seven games so far and in eight of Gonzaga's last 10 against Big 12 opponents, I'm backing another high-scoring affair tonight.

Bet: Over 160.5 Points (-115)

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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