Pepperdine vs. CS Northridge - 12/4/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
CS Northridge Matadors (2-6) at Pepperdine Waves (3-1)
College Basketball: Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Firestone Fieldhouse)
The Line: Pepperdine Waves -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The CS Northridge Matadors and Pepperdine Waves play Thursday at the Firestone Fieldhouse.
The CS Northridge Matadors have lost four straight games and will play their fifth true road game. On the season, CS Northridge is averaging 67.9 points on 44.1 percent shooting and is allowing 74.6 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Stephan Hicks leads the Matadors with 17.3 points on 55.7 percent shooting and Stephen Maxwell is averaging 15.5 points and seven rebounds. Landon Drew leads the team with four assists and Tre Hale-Edmerson is grabbing 6.3 rebounds per game. Despite shooting just 27.3 percent from beyond the arc, the CS Northridge Matadors have topped 70 points in three of their last six games. CS Northridge is producing close to five blocks per game and is stealing 6.8 passes but needs to improve its defense that’s allowing 38.4 percent shooting from deep.
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The Pepperdine Waves look to bounce back from their loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes. On the season, Pepperdine is averaging 71 points on 44.6 percent shooting and is allowing 63.3 points on 40 percent shooting. Stacy Davis leads Pepperdine with 16.5 points and eight rebounds while Jett Raines is averaging 13.3 points and nine rebounds. Jeremy Major is the third player to average double-digit points and Amadi Udenyi is averaging 4.8 assists. The Pepperdine Waves have solid scoring depth despite shooting just 26.2 percent from beyond the arc. Pepperdine relies heavily on its 41.3 rebounds per game and a defense that’s forcing 15 turnovers. The Pepperdine Waves have won five of their last eight home games.
The Matadors are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 3-13 ATS in their last 16 non-conference games. The Waves are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss. The Matadors are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
Pepperdine is the much better team in this matchup, and the Matadors have been brutal against the number in non-conference games. Give me the Waves and the chalk at home.