Pepperdine Waves (3-3) at UNLV Runnin' Rebels (1-4)
College Basketball: Monday, December 14, 2020 at 9:30 pm (Thomas & Mack Center)
The Line: UNLV Runnin' Rebels +1 -- Over/Under: 150.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Pepperdine Waves and the UNLV Rebels meet in college basketball action from the Thomas & Mack Center on Monday night.
The Pepperdine Waves will look to bounce back after an 89-84 loss to CSU-Northridge last time out. Colbey Ross led the way for Pepperdine with 29 points on 7 of 15 shooting with a team-high 9 assists while Kessler Edwards added 21 points with a team-high 9 rebounds and Jan Zidek chipped in 15 points on 5 of 7 shooting with 3 triples to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for Pepperdine in the winning effort. Sedrick Altman also added 6 points with 7 rebounds as well in the victory for the Waves in the victory. Edwards leads Pepperdine in scoring and rebounding with 20.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game while Ross leads the Waves in assists with 7.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Pepperdine is averaging 82.7 points on 47.3% shooting from the field, 31.7% from behind the arc and 86.9% from the foul line while allowing just 73.3 points on 40.5% shooting from the field and 24.5% from 3-point range this season.
The UNLV Rebels will look to build on their first win of the season coming in the form of a 68-58 win over Kansas State last time out. David Jenkins Jr. led UNLV with 25 points on 9 of 17 shooting with 7 threes while Bryce Hamilton added 18 points on 8 of 15 shooting with team-highs of 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Caleb Grill added 12 points on 5 of 8 shooting with a pair of threes and a pair of steals to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for the Rebels in the winning effort. Hamilton leads the Rebels with team-highs of 20.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4 assists per game this season. As a team, UNLV is averaging 68.8 points on 41.5% shooting from the field, 35.7% from behind the arc and 70.3% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 78 points on 45.7% shooting from the field and 37.9% from 3-point range this season.
Pepperdine is 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games following a loss. UNLV is 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a win while the over is 7-2 in their last 9 home games against a team with a losing road record.
I’ve seen little from UNLV to inspire me about the Rebels on the offensive end and while Pepperdine is fully capable of lighting up the scoreboard, I think we see a bit of a regressed offensive output from the Waves here, so I’m going to side with the under as my free pick for this game as I just think the total is too high here. However my stronger play is on the side, and I have that available as a premium pick that you can find here.