Check out our free Pacific vs Pepperdine pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Malibu. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Pacific vs Pepperdine Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 7th Betting Odds
Tigers vs Waves Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Pacific Tigers at Pepperdine Waves
- Where: Malibu at Firestone Fieldhouse
- Date: Saturday, January 7th
- Betting Odds: Pacific +7, PACFC +246 | PEPP -319 O/U 153.5
The Pacific Tigers will be looking to pick up their 19th win of the season and are in the middle of a 2 game win streak. So far, the Tigers have played 7 games on the road, with a record of 5-2. For the season, Pacific has been the underdog in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 5-3. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Tigers being +7 point underdogs.
Pacific will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Luke Avdalovic who is averaging 10.56 points per game for the Tigers. Avdalovic is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Tigers’ offensive game plan is the play of Tyler Beard who has hit 51.6% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 10.17 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Pacific this season, as they are currently ranked 366th in college basketball at 65.9 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Tigers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.7%, placing them 380th in the NCAA.
Through 16 games, the Pepperdine Waves have an overall record of 7-9. Currently, the Waves have been the home team 11 times, sitting with a record of 7-4. The Waves’ are sitting with a betting line that is -7 points in their favor. For the season, Pepperdine has been favored to win in 10 games, sitting with a mark of 5-5.
Pepperdine’s leading scorer this season is Maxwell Lewis, who is averaging 19.44 points per contest. So far, Lewis has accounted for 24.74% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.69 rebounds per game and 2.94 assists. Houston Mallette is the second leading scorer for the Waves, averaging 13.44 points per game. Between him and Mallette, they are accounting for 41.8% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Pepperdine this season, as they are currently ranked 292nd in college basketball at 68.4 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Waves’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.0%, placing them 252nd in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Pacific Tigers +7
After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have Pepperdine as the favorites with a line coming in at -7. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the Pacific Tigers to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with Pepperdine at 7.25 made 3’s per game compared to Pacific at 6.07. Look for Pacific to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Waves.