Check out our free Pepperdine vs Portland pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Portland. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

Pepperdine vs Portland Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 21st Betting Odds

Waves vs Pilots Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Pepperdine Waves at Portland Pilots
  • Where: Portland at Chiles Center
  • Date: Saturday, January 21st
  • Betting Odds: Pepperdine +4.5, PEPP +160 | PORT -198 O/U 161.5

Waves Preview:

Through 20 games, the Pepperdine Waves have an overall record of 7-13. On the road, the Waves will be playing their 7th game of the season, having gone 0-7. So far, the Waves have been the underdog 9 times, going 0-9 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +4.5 underdogs on the spread.

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Pepperdine’s leading scorer this season is Maxwell Lewis, who is averaging 18.85 points per contest. So far, Lewis has accounted for 24.39% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.75 rebounds per game and 2.65 assists. Houston Mallette is the second leading scorer for the Waves, averaging 13.25 points per game. Between him and Mallette, they are accounting for 41.5% 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.

Pilots Preview:

Portland heads into this matchup having played 21 games and have an overall record sitting at 10-11. Currently, the Pilots have been the home team 12 times, sitting with a record of 8-4. The Pilots’ are sitting with a betting line that is -4.5 points in their favor. For the season, Portland has been favored to win in 10 games, sitting with a mark of 6-4.

Portland’s leading scorer this season is Tyler Robertson, who is averaging 14.5 points per contest. So far, Robertson has accounted for 17.93% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.15 rebounds per game and 5.45 assists. Kristian Sjolund is the second leading scorer for the Pilots, averaging 13.05 points per game. Between him and Sjolund, they are accounting for 34.9% of the team’s scoring.

On offense, Portland is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.9 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 21 games, they have only hit 34.5% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 38.03% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Free Spread Prediction: Portland Pilots -4.5

Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Portland Pilots to pick up the win and cover the spread as -4.5 point betting favorites. Although Portland as a team is just 263rd in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Waves’ defense. At -4.5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Pilots to come out on top and cover.


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