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UCLA vs Gonzaga Same Game Parlays

Frank AmmiranteSenior Sports Writer
@FAmmiranteTFJ
Last Updated: Mar 21, 2023

UCLA squares off with Gonzaga in a battle between an elite defense and a prolific offense. The Bruins rank second on defense, while the Zags are first on offense, per KenPom.

Both of these teams are good enough to win the national championship, so this game projects to be one of the best in the tournament.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at UCLA vs Gonzaga Same Game Parlays.

Frank Ammirante’s March Madness Betting Record: 12-17-1 (-4.99 units)

UCLA vs Gonzaga Best Same Game Parlay

Note: CBB odds mentioned in this article for UCLA vs Gonzaga were used from DraftKings Sportsbook, unless otherwise noted, and are current as of Tuesday, March 21 at noon ET.

UCLA vs Gonzaga Best SGP (+115) • DraftKings Sportsbook

WAGER: 1 Unit

  • UCLA +3.5 (-245)
  • Under 150.5 Total Points (-205)

UCLA should be able to get it done in this game. This is a team that has been able to lock down their opponents throughout the season. In fact, opposing teams have failed to eclipse 65 points in 12 of UCLA’s last 15 games.

While Gonzaga has experience on their side, led by senior forward Drew Timme, it’s going to be tough for them against UCLA. The Bruins are coming into this one in top form, having won 14 of their last 15 games.


Read all of our UCLA vs Gonzaga betting tips


To play it safe, we’ll take UCLA +3.5 on the alternate spread. This way, even if Gonzaga is able to pull off the upset, we can still win if UCLA loses by three or fewer. I don’t envision a scenario where Gonzaga wins by a larger margin because UCLA’s defense is too good.

The alternate total at 150.5 points looks like a strong bet for the Under. Not only is UCLA’s defense elite, but they also rank 253rd in pace. This slow-paced style will limit possessions, making it difficult for it to get Over this number.

Since I’m projecting UCLA to win, that means they’re likely to dictate the tempo and force Gonzaga into their preferred style of play. I added to the total to make it a more favorable number for the best Same Game Parlay in this matchup and complete this NCAA Tournament pick of the day.

UCLA vs Gonzaga Longshot Same Game Parlay

UCLA vs Gonzaga Longshot SGP (+310) • DraftKings Sportsbook

WAGER: 0.5 Units

  • Gonzaga: Under 65.5 Points (+245)
  • UCLA -3.5 (+110)

We’ll build our longshot Same Game Parlay by choosing unfavorable numbers for longer odds.

Let’s start out with the Under 65.5 points on Gonzaga’s team total. We’re getting terrific value here at +245 odds because this is the top-ranked offense in the nation, per KenPom.

However, UCLA has held their opponents to 65 points or fewer in 29-of-36 games this season. Their slow pace and tenacious defense make scoring points a daunting task for opposing offenses. While this is a low bar for Gonzaga, we’ll take a shot given the matchup.

Taking UCLA -3.5 on the alternate spread is great for this parlay because it has a strong correlation. If Gonzaga fails to score 66 or more points, there’s a great chance that UCLA has controlled the game. After all, the Zags averaged 87.3 points per game this season.

We’ll take a shot with a pair of alternate spread and totals wagers to complete our longshot parlay.

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Frank Ammirante

Frank Ammirante is a Senior Sports Writer at The Game Day. Previously, he wrote for 4for4 Football and RotoBaller. Frank is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writer's Association while maintaining an active presence within the community. He has competed in industry contests like the Scott Fish Bowl, The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational, and more. Frank will be making his debut in Tout Wars this year. He's got a diverse sporting background, but specializes in football and baseball.

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