UCLA vs. Gonzaga: The best bets for the Final Four
Up next are the upset-minded UCLA Bruins, who started in the First Four and have knocked off highly seeded foes Alabama and Michigan to make the national semifinals.
Sun, April 4 2021, 12:34 AM
We have a bunch of fun bets you can make on the game, and here are a few we really like!
Total points by Gonzaga: Over 79.5 (-129)
This one is pretty simple.
Gonzaga hasn’t been held to fewer than 83 points in any of their four NCAA Tournament wins, and its offense is as efficient as any we’ve seen in recent college basketball history. If you think the Zags will control this game (and we do), this number seems attainable.
Total points: Over 140 (-205)
You can tease the total up or down a few points and play a number of different wagers at a number of different price points.
If you drag it down to 140, you have to settle for -205, but on the other hand, Gonzaga plays fast and UCLA put up 88 points (in overtime) against an up-tempo Alabama team.
Handicap and total points, including overtime: UCLA +14 and Over 145.5 (+260)
If you want an appealing value play, this is the one.
As good as Gonzaga is — and the Zags are fantastic — 14 points is a pretty big spread.
This should be a high-scoring game, and an 80-70 Gonzaga win seems plausible. If that happens, those who play this combination at +260 will be in for a tidy profit.