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Pepperdine vs. Gonzaga - 1/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Gonzaga Bulldogs (12-3) at Pepperdine Waves (3-11)
Date & Time Thursday January 4, 2018, 11:00 PM (EST)
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NCAA BB | Gonzaga Bulldogs (12-3) at Pepperdine Waves (3-11)

The Gonzaga Bulldogs and Pepperdine Waves meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Firestone Fieldhouse.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs look for another victory after winning five of their last six games. The Gonzaga Bulldogs are averaging 90.3 points on 50.6 percent shooting and allowing 71.4 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Josh Perkins is averaging 14 points and 5.4 assists while Johnathan Williams is averaging 13.6 points and 7.6 rebounds. Zach Norvell Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Killian Tillie is grabbing 5.9 rebounds. The Gonzaga Bulldogs are shooting 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 74.3 percent from the free throw line. The Gonzaga Bulldogs are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.3 rebounds per game. The Gonzaga Bulldogs have won 10 of their last 11 road games.

The Pepperdine Waves need a win here after losing eight of their last nine games. The Pepperdine Waves are averaging 70.9 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 78.8 points on 47.5 percent shooting. Kameron Edwards is averaging 15.9 points and 6.8 rebounds while Colbey Ross is averaging 14.3 points and 5.3 assists. Eric Cooper Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Trae Berhow is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The Pepperdine Waves are shooting 29.8 percent from beyond the arc and 69.3 percent from the free throw line. The Pepperdine Waves are allowing 39.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.4 rebounds per game. The Pepperdine Waves have lost four of their last six home games.

The Bulldogs are 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 road games, 34-16-1 ATS in their last 51 vs. West Coast and 37-17-2 ATS in their last 56 games overall. The Waves are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. West Coast, 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 home games and 5-12-1 ATS in their last 18 games overall. The Bulldogs are 10-4-2 ATS in the last 16 meetings in Pepperdine, 23-7-3 ATS in the last 33 meetings and the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The Pepperdine Waves have been getting beat up all season long due to a lack of defense, and almost all of the teams they've faced this season aren't on the same level of talent as Gonzaga. Pepperdine knows all about the Gonzaga Bulldogs, as they lost the two meetings last season by a combined 77 points. This is another game that could get very ugly. Give me Gonzaga in a beatdown.

Gonzaga Bulldogs -20

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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