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Pacific vs. Loyola Marymount - 12/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Loyola Marymount Lions (5-7) at Pacific Tigers (5-9)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 10:00 pm (Spanos Center)

The Line: Pacific Tigers -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: The W TV

The Loyola Marymount Lions and Pacific Tigers meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Alex G. Spanos Center.

The Loyola Marymount Lions could use a win after losing five of their last six games. The Loyola Marymount Lions are averaging 76 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 79.5 points on 48.4 percent shooting. James Batemon is averaging 18.3 points and 4.6 assists while Eli Scott is averaging 12.9 points and 7.4 rebounds. Steven Haney is the third double-digit scorer and Mattias Markusson is grabbing six rebounds. The Loyola Marymount Lions are shooting 30.5 percent from beyond the arc and 74.5 percent from the free throw line. The Loyola Marymount Lions are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.7 rebounds per game. The Loyola Marymount Lions have lost five of their last seven road games.

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Pacific vs. Loyola Marymount - 12/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pacific Tigers also need a win that would snap a five-game losing streak. The Pacific Tigers are averaging 70.5 points on 42.9 percent shooting and allowing 77 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Roberto Gallinat is averaging 13.2 points and 2.6 rebounds while Miles Reynolds is averaging 11.5 points and 2.2 assists. Anthony Townes is grabbing 4.5 rebounds and Kendall Small is dishing 3.3 assists. The Pacific Tigers are shooting 32.2 percent from beyond the arc and 70.9 percent from the free throw line. The Pacific Tigers are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.4 rebounds per game. The Pacific Tigers have lost four of their last seven home games.

The Lions are 13-4-2 ATS in their last 19 Saturday games, 10-4-2 ATS in their last 16 games following a ATS loss and 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. West Coast. The Tigers are 11-28 ATS in their last 39 Saturday games, 4-13 ATS in their last 17 home games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Lions are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Pacific, 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the road team is 9-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings.

I'm never a fan of laying points with teams that can't win outright. Yes, the Tigers have had a tough schedule, but the Loyola Marymount Lions lost to Washington by just three points and to Oregon State by four points. Loyola Marymount is also the better offensive team and may have the best overall player on the court. There's better games on the card for Saturday, but if forced to pick, I'm taking the points as more of a fade from Pacific. 

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