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LMU vs. Pepperdine - 1/19/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Pepperdine at LMU
Date & Time Saturday January 19, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Location
Gersten Pavilion
Los Angeles, California
The Line
The Line: LMU -6 -- Over/Under: 137.5
TV Channel
The W TV
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The Pepperdine Waves and Loyola Marymount Lions meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Gersten Pavilion.

The Pepperdine Waves could use a win after splitting their last six games. The Pepperdine Waves are averaging 77.9 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 73.6 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Colbey Ross is averaging 19 points and 7.2 assists while Kameron Edwards is averaging 16.1 points and 6.5 rebounds. Eric Cooper Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Kessler Edwards is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Pepperdine Waves are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 74.4 percent from the free throw line. The Pepperdine Waves are allowing 32.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.5 rebounds per game. The Pepperdine Waves have lost six of their last seven road games.

The Loyola Marymount Lions could use a win after splitting their last eight games. The Loyola Marymount Lions are averaging 69.6 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 61.9 points on 41.7 percent shooting. James Batemon is averaging 17.9 points and 3.8 assists while Mattias Markusson is averaging 11.2 points and 3.2 rebounds. Joe Quintana is dishing 1.8 assists and Eli Scott is grabbing five rebounds. The Loyola Marymount Lions are shooting 31.9 percent from beyond the arc and 76 percent from the free throw line. The Loyola Marymount Lions are allowing 28.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.3 rebounds per game. The Loyola Marymount Lions have won eight of their last nine home games.

The Waves are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight up loss, 9-2 ATS in their last 11 vs. West Coast and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Lions are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. West Coast, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 Saturday games. The Waves are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the home team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The under is 10-4-2 in Lions last 16 overall. The under is 10-2 in Waves last 12 overall.

The home team has won each of the last eight meetings between Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount, and has also covered five of the last six meetings. The Pepperdine Waves aren't great defensively and their numbers have dipped quite a bit recently and on the road. The Loyola Marymount Lions are shooting 49.6 percent from the field while winning by average of 6.4 points at home this season. When you factor in the numbers and trends, the Lions and the reasonable chalk at home seems like the play. 

Pick:
LMU -6

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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