Check out our free Saint Mary’s 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.

Saint Mary’s vs Pepperdine Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 19th Betting Odds

Gaels vs Waves Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Saint Mary’s Gaels at Pepperdine Waves
  • Where: Malibu at Firestone Fieldhouse
  • Date: Thursday, January 19th
  • Betting Odds: Saint Mary’s -12, STMRY -835 | PEPP +540 O/U 141.5

Gaels Preview:

Saint Mary’s heads into this matchup having played 20 games and have an overall record sitting at 16-4. On the road, the Gaels will be playing their 4th game of the season, having gone 4-0. So far, the Gaels have been favored 17 times, going 14-3 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Saint Mary’s as -12 point favorites.

Saint Mary’s’ leading scorer this season is Aidan Mahaney, who is averaging 14.89 points per contest. So far, Mahaney has accounted for 20.79% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 2.53 rebounds per game and 2.11 assists. Mitchell Saxen is the second leading scorer for the Gaels, averaging 12.58 points per game. Between him and Saxen, they are accounting for 38.3% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Saint Mary’s this season, as they are currently ranked 246th in college basketball at 69.8 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 Gaels’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 35.0%, placing them 185th in the NCAA.

Waves Preview:

Pepperdine will take the floor against the Gaels with an overall record of 7-12. Currently, the Waves have been the home team 12 times, sitting with a record of 7-5. So far, the Waves have been the underdog 8 times, going 0-8 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +12 underdogs on the spread.

Pepperdine’s leading scorer this season is Maxwell Lewis, who is averaging 19.58 points per contest. So far, Lewis has accounted for 24.77% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.79 rebounds per game and 2.74 assists. Houston Mallette is the second leading scorer for the Waves, averaging 13.16 points per game. Between him and Mallette, they are accounting for 41.4% 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: Saint Mary’s Gaels -12

While analyzing this matchup between the Saint Mary’s Gaels and the Pepperdine Waves, we recommend choosing Saint Mary’s to come out on top and cover the spread. The oddsmakers have the Saint Mary’s as the heavy favorite with a point spread of -12. Not only do we like the Saint Mary’s’ historical performance as the favorite, as they are 2-1-1 vs the spread in their last 5 games when favored to win. But, they are matched up against a team that plays a similar style of basketball. So far, both Saint Mary’s and Pepperdine are near the NCAA average in possessions per game. Before tip-off, go ahead and place your bet on the Saint Mary’s to win and cover the spread.

 


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