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Pepperdine vs UCLA Pick & Preview: Wednesday, November 23rd Betting Odds

Waves vs Bruins Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Pepperdine Waves at UCLA Bruins
  • Where: Los Angeles at Pauley Pavilion
  • Date: Wednesday, November 23rd
  • Betting Odds: Pepperdine +16, PEPP +980 | UCLA -1969 O/U 149.5

Waves Preview:

Pepperdine will take the floor against the Bruins with an overall record of 4-1. On the road, the Waves will be playing their 1st game of the season, having gone 0-1. When looking at the betting lines, Pepperdine will be the betting underdog for the first time this season. Coming into the game, they are +16 point underdogs on the spread. Last season, the team went 0-21 as the betting underdog.

Pepperdine will be dealing with a key absence in this matchup vs UCLA, as their leading scorer, <__main__.PlayerInfoClass object at 0x7f75f4068cd0> will be unavailable. The Waves’ will be looking to replace his 17.2 points per game, which accounts for 20.19% of the team’s scoring. Houston Mallette will need to take on a bigger role for the Waves’ offense, as he is 2nd on the team at 15.0 points per game. So far, Mallette has connected on 42.4% of his field goal attempts.

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 that 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.

Bruins Preview:

Through 5 games, the UCLA Bruins have an overall record of 3-2. Currently, the Bruins have been the home team 4 times, sitting with a record of 3-1. The Bruins’ are sitting with a betting line that is -16 points in their favor. For the season, UCLA has been favored to win in 4 games, sitting with a mark of 3-1.

Jaylen Clark comes into today’s game as the Bruins’ leading scorer at 16.4 points per contest. Not only has Clark been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is UCLA’s top rebounder at 8.0 boards per contest. Behind Clark, the team has benefited from the strong play of Tyger Campbell who is second on the team in scoring at 15.4 points per game. Overall, he has hit 41.6% of his shots and is adding 1.8 boards per game.

On offense, UCLA is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.1 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 5 games, they have only hit 35.2% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 31.5% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Free Spread Prediction: Pepperdine Waves +16

If you’re deciding whether to down a bet vs the spread in this matchup, we recommend taking the Pepperdine Waves to cover as +16 point underdogs. One thing that often causes problems for team’s who are heavy underdogs is when they are matched up against a team that can dictate the pace of play. However, both Pepperdine and UCLA come into today’s game near the NCAA average in possessions per game. Given that style of place won’t be an issue for the Waves and the fact that they have 3-2 vs the spread in their last 5 games as underdogs, we like them to cover the spread on the road.

 


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