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Pepperdine vs. Richmond - 12/20/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Richmond Spiders (5-4) at Pepperdine Waves (7-2)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: Pepperdine Waves +3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3.com

The Pepperdine Waves and the Richmond Spiders face off on Saturday at Firestone Fieldhouse in college basketball action.

The Pepperdine Waves are 7-2 this season and are coming off of two wins. Pepperdine is averaging 70.4 points and they are shooting 42.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 62.6 points and their opponents are shooting 38.6 percent. Stacy Davis leads the Waves averaging 16.8 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. Jet Raines is averaging 11.3 points and 6.8 rebounds, Jeremy Major is averaging 9.6 points, Atif Russell is averaging 9.2 points, and Shawn Olden is averaging 8.9 points. Pepperdine is a perfect 5-0 at home this season.

Pepperdine vs. Richmond - 12/20/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Richmond Spiders are 5-4 this season and hey have won three of their last four games. Richmond is averaging 61.8 points and they are shooting 44.8 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 57.4 points and their opponents are shooting 40.3 percent. Kendall Anthony leads the Spiders averaging 15.2 points per game. Terry Allen is averaging 11 points and 5.3 rebounds, ShawnDre’ Jone is averaging 8.8 points, and Alonzo Nelson-Ododa is averaging 7.0 points and 6.0 rebounds. Richmond is 0-4 on the road this season.

Pepperdine is 6-0-1 against the spread in their last seven games, 20-6-1 against the spread in their last 27 non-conference games, and 1-4 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Richmond is 1-5 against the spread in their last six non-conference games, 1-7-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 0-7 against the spread following a win.

Richmond gets a lot of credit on reputation alone but in this case we get the better team at home with points. 

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Pepperdine Waves +3.5

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