Pepperdine vs. Pacific - 1/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pacific Tigers (9-6) at Pepperdine Waves (8-5)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Firestone Fieldhouse)
The Line: Pepperdine Waves -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Pacific Tigers and Pepperdine Waves meet Saturday night at the Firestone Fieldhouse.
The Pacific Tigers have split their last six games and play their sixth true road game. On the season, Pacific is averaging 64.9 points on 42.4 percent shooting and is allowing 67.5 points on 45 percent shooting. T.J. Wallace is averaging 13.7 points and 5.9 rebounds while Dulani Robinson is averaging 10.4 points and 2.9 assists. Eric Thompson is grabbing 4.7 rebounds and Gabriel Aguirre is shooting 73 percent from the field. The Pacific Tigers are an underrated offensive team with seven players averaging at least 6.4 points while they’re shooting 63.2 percent from the line and 38.3 percent from deep. Defensively, Pacific is forcing 10.2 turnovers per game and has allowed 68 or less points in seven of its last nine games. Pacific is 4-1 SU on the road this season.
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The Pepperdine Waves hope to get back on track after losing three of their last four games. On the season, Pepperdine is averaging 66.8 points on 44.1 percent shooting and is allowing 62.2 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Stacy Davis is averaging 14.5 points and 7.9 rebounds while Jett Raines is averaging 10.8 points and 6.2 rebounds. Jeremy Major is producing 3.5 assists and Shawn Olden is shooting 40.7 percent from the field. The Pepperdine Waves are great defensively, as they’re holding teams to 24 percent shooting from deep and have allowed no more than 68 points in six straight games. Offensively, Pepperdine is shooting 74.7 percent from the line and 35.8 percent from downtown. Pepperdine is 5-2 SU this season on its home court.
The Tigers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. West Coast. The Waves are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. West Coast and 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Tigers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Pepperdine and 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings overall.
While Pepperdine is struggling to win games outright, it continues to get the job done ATS at a high percentage. With Pacific struggling the way it has lately, I like the Waves by double digits.