Check out our free Pepperdine vs Pacific pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Stockton. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Pepperdine vs Pacific Pick & Preview: Thursday, February 2nd Betting Odds
Waves vs Tigers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Pepperdine Waves at Pacific Tigers
- Where: Stockton at Alex G. Spanos Center
- Date: Thursday, February 2nd
- Betting Odds: Pepperdine +2.5, PEPP +112 | PACFC -137 O/U 158.5
Pepperdine will take the floor against the Tigers with an overall record of 7-16. On the road, the Waves will be playing their 9th game of the season, having gone 0-9. So far, the Waves have been the underdog 11 times, going 0-11 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +2.5 underdogs on the spread.
Pepperdine’s leading scorer this season is Maxwell Lewis, who is averaging 18.74 points per contest. So far, Lewis has accounted for 24.35% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.91 rebounds per game and 2.74 assists. Houston Mallette is the second leading scorer for the Waves, averaging 12.96 points per game. Between him and Mallette, they are accounting for 41.2% 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.
Pacific heads into this matchup having played 23 games and have an overall record sitting at 11-12. Currently, the Tigers have been the home team 13 times, sitting with a record of 4-9. The Tigers’ are sitting with a betting line that is -2.5 points in their favor. For the season, Pacific has been favored to win in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 3-5.
Pacific will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Luke Avdalovic who is averaging 10.43 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 Jordan Ivy-Curry who has hit 38.7% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 9.61 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.
Free Spread Prediction: Pepperdine Waves +2.5
In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a road underdog. Coming into the game, the Pacific Tigers are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -2.5. However, we anticipate Pepperdine putting up a strong fight and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Tigers as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Waves to cover.