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Loyola Marymount vs. Pepperdine - 12/29/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pepperdine Waves (7-4) at Loyola Marymount Lions (4-8)

College Basketball: Monday, December 29, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Albert Gersten Pavilion)

The Line: Loyola Marymount Lions -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Pepperdine Waves and Loyola Marymount Lions play Monday night at the Gersten Pavilion.

The Pepperdine Waves have split their last eight games and play their fifth true road game. On the season, Pepperdine is averaging 67.4 points on 42.9 percent shooting and is allowing 62.2 points on 40.3 percent shooting. Stacy Davis is averaging 15.6 points and 8.7 rebounds while Jett Raines is averaging 10.7 points and 6.5 rebounds. Jeremy Major is the third player averaging double-digit points and Shawn Olden is shooting 38.5 percent from the field. The Pepperdine Waves are a defensive team first that’s forcing 12 turnovers per game and holding teams to 21.8 percent from deep. Offensively, Pepperdine is shooting 74.7 percent from the free throw line and 34.3 percent from downtown. Pepperdine has scored 63 or less points in three straight games.

Loyola Marymount vs. Pepperdine - 12/29/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Loyola Marymount Lions have lost six of their last seven games and are coming off a big win over DePaul. On the season, Loyola Marymount is averaging 62 points on 42.3 percent shooting and is allowing 69.7 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Evan Payne is averaging 20.1 points and three rebounds while Ayodeji Egbeyemi is averaging 10 points and 3.8 rebounds. Marin Mornar is shooting 56.9 percent from the field and Patson Siame is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. Despite having just two double-digit scorers, the Loyola Marymount Lions are productive offensively, shooting 70.6 percent from the line and 33.7 percent from downtown. Defensively, Loyola Marymount is forcing 11 turnovers per game and is holding teams to 36.2 percent shooting from deep.

The Waves are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 road games and 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Lions are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Waves are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Loyola Marymount and 24-8 ATS in the last 32 meetings overall.

Not sure how the Pepperdine Waves are the underdog here considering they're the better team overall and have the best player in Davis. Also, the Waves have been money ATS while the Lions, well, not so much. Give me the Waves in a SU win. 

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