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Gonzaga at San Francisco odds, picks and prediction

The top-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs (23-2, 12-0 WCC) visit the San Francisco Dons (22-7, 9-5) Thursday at the War Memorial at the Sobrato Center in San Francisco. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET (ESPN2). Below, we look at the Gonzaga vs. San Francisco odds and lines, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.

The Bulldogs are in the midst of a 16-game win streak dating back to Dec. 4, a loss in Seattle against Alabama. Gonzaga won 81-69 against Santa Clara on Saturday, its narrowest margin of victory during the 16-game run.

The Dons are seeking revenge after losing in Spokane by a 78-62 count, Jan. 20, pushing against a 16-point number as the Under connected. The Under has hit in five straight for San Francisco, too.

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Gonzaga at San Francisco odds, spread and lines

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  • Money line: Gonzaga -540 (bet $540 to win $100) | San Francisco +380 (bet $100 to win $380)
  • Against the spread: Gonzaga -9.5 (-115) | San Francisco +9.5 (-107)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 156.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)

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Gonzaga at San Francisco odds, lines, picks and predictions

Prediction

Gonzaga 84, San Francisco 70

Money line

Gonzaga (-540) will cost you nearly five-and-a-half times your potential return, and that’s way too risky, even for the top-ranked team. Betting like that long term will mean you get bit and bit hard at some point.

PASS.

Against the spread

Take GONZAGA -9.5 (-115) laying the points as the Zags have won by 12 or more points in each of the 16 games during its win streak so far. Santa Clara put up a good fight last time out against Gonzaga, but you can expect that to serve as a wake-up call. The Bulldogs knocked off the Dons by 16 points in the first meeting, and you can expect this to be a double-digit win as well.

Over/Under

The UNDER 156.5 (-110) is worth a look, but play it lightly. We’ll see plenty of offense, especially from the Bulldogs.

The Under has cashed in five straight games overall for Gonzaga, while going 5-0 in the past five as a favorite for the Bulldogs. The Over cashed in eight of the past 11 at home for the Dons, but the Under hit in the first meeting. We won’t see a low-scoring game, but we shouldn’t see a track meet, either.

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