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UC Riverside vs. Pepperdine - 12/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pepperdine Waves (5-3) at UC Riverside Highlanders (2-7)
Date & Time Thursday December 6, 2018, 10:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: UC Riverside Highlanders +5 -- Over/Under: 145.5
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NCAA BB | Pepperdine Waves (5-3) at UC Riverside Highlanders (2-7)
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The Pepperdine Waves eye a road win at the UC Riverside Highlanders in Thursday college basketball.

The Pepperdine Waves saw their three game winning streak end in a 90-83 loss to visiting Cal State Northridge on Monday. Pepperdine managed just 42% shooting while the Matadors fired away at 52.9%  for a decisive seven more field goals.

The Waves received 24 points and eleven assists along with a team high six turnovers from Colbey Ross on 7-18 from the floor including 5-7 from distance and 5-8 at the line while Eric Cooper Jr. added 17 points and four pulls on 6-15 shooting. Darnell Dunn  gave Pepperdine 12 points and eight boards on 5-10 accuracy followed by a nine point, five pull effort from Jade’ Smith on 4-7.

The Cal State Riverside Highlanders have dropped three in a row following an 82-73 defeat at Valparaiso on Sunday. Cal State Riverside fell behind by nine points at the halfway point and could only trade baskets the rest of the way with the Crusaders holding a 60%-44.1% shooting edge. 

Dikymbe Martin kept the Highlanders in the game by pouring in a game high 21 points with three yanks and three assists on 8-15 accuracy followed by Dragan Elkaz with 12 points on 4-5 from long range. Menno Dijkstra gave CS Riverside nine points with Callum McRae chipping in with eight points. 

Pepperdine Waves are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and Pepperdine Waves are 11-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall and Pepperdine Waves are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games. UC Riverside Highlanders are 8-17-1 ATS in their last 26 non-conference games and UC Riverside Highlanders are 9-20 ATS in their last 29 home games.

I don’t see Pepperdine as a team where laying points on the road is a great deal. Having said that I don’t really like UC Riverside either…

Pepperdine -5

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