The Pepperdine Waves (9-21, 2-14 WCC) travel to face the Pacific Tigers (14-17, 7-9 WCC) after dropping 12 consecutive road games. It tips at 11:30 PM ET on Thursday, March 2, 2023.
Thursday’s game between the Waves and the Tigers features the Waves as 3.5-point favorites. The over/under is 160 points for the game.
Pepperdine vs. Pacific Odds
Point Spread for Pepperdine vs. Pacific
The spread for this matchup is set at 3.5 points, with oddsmakers listing Pepperdine as the favorite.
Pepperdine vs. Pacific Moneyline
As for the moneyline, Pepperdine has -175 odds to pick up the win, while Pacific is listed at +148 to claim victory.
Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 160 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Thursday, March 2, 2023
- Game Time: 11:30 PM ET
- TV Channel: WCC Network
- Location: Paradise, Nevada
- Arena: Orleans Arena
Pepperdine vs. Pacific Betting Trends
Pepperdine has played 28 games, with 11 wins against the spread. The Waves have been favorites in 11 games this season and have come away with the win five times (45.5%) in those contests. Pepperdine’s games this year have eclipsed the over/under 20 times in 29 opportunities (69%).
In Pacific’s 29 games this season, it has 14 wins against the spread. The Tigers have an 8-11 record in games they were listed as the moneyline underdog (winning 42.1% of those games). Pacific has hit the over 55.2% of the time this year (16 of 29 games with a set point total).
Pepperdine vs. Pacific Key Players to Watch
Maxwell Lewis posts a team-leading 17.1 points per contest. He is also posting 5.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists, shooting 46.9% from the floor and 35.4% from downtown with 1.5 made 3-pointers per contest. Jevon Porter leads the Waves at 7.3 rebounds per game, while also posting 0.8 assists and 12.1 points. Mike Mitchell Jr. leads the Waves at 4.9 assists per contest, while also posting 4.1 rebounds and 11.5 points. Houston Mallette puts up 13.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest, shooting 41.1% from the field and 33.1% from downtown with 1.8 made 3-pointers per contest.
Keylan Boone is averaging team highs in points (13.4 per game) and rebounds (3.9). And he is contributing 0.9 assists, making 46.1% of his shots from the field and 41.7% from 3-point range, with 2.2 triples per contest. Jordan Ivy-Curry gives the Tigers 10.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. He also delivers 0.5 steals and 0 blocked shots. The Tigers get 9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game from Tyler Beard. The Tigers get 9.9 points, 2 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game from Luke Avdalovic.
What you need to know about the Pepperdine Waves
Pepperdine has compiled a 6-10-0 conference record against the spread this season. The Waves rank 39th in college basketball with 78.2 points per game, but their defense has been less effective, surrendering 81.2 points per game (0-worst in college basketball). Pepperdine is averaging 33.3 rebounds per game (93rd-ranked in college basketball). It is ceding 33.4 rebounds per contest (311th-ranked).
With 8.3 three-pointers per game, Pepperdine ranks 76th in the nation. It has a 36.6% shooting percentage from downtown, which ranks 61st in college basketball. With 7.8 three-pointers conceded per game, the Waves are 251st in college basketball. They are ceding a 35.5% shooting percentage from beyond the arc, which ranks 289th in college basketball.
The Waves are 5-5 against the spread and 2-8 overall over their last 10 games. Pepperdine has gone over the total in eight of its past 10 outings. Pepperdine has been scoring 79.9 points per contest in its last 10 times on the court, an average that’s slightly higher than the 78.2 it has scored over the course of the 2022-23 season. Pepperdine has been a little suspect on the defensive end of the floor of late, allowing 86.7 points per game over its last 10 contests compared to the 81.2 it has surrendered this year.
What you need to know about the Pacific Tigers
So far this season, nine out of Pacific’s 16 WCC games with an over/under have hit the over. The Tigers are 79th in the country in points scored (76 per game) and 10th-worst in points conceded (77.8). In 2022-23, Pacific is 15th-worst in the nation in rebounds (28 per game) and 315th in rebounds conceded (33.5).
In 2022-23 Pacific is 30th in college basketball in 3-point makes (9.1 per game) and eighth-best in 3-point percentage (39.2%). Defensively, the Tigers are 302nd in the country in 3-pointers allowed per game at 8.3. They are 279th in 3-point percentage conceded at 35.4%.
The Tigers have a 6-4 record against the spread while finishing 4-6 overall over their past 10 games. In its past 10 contests, Pacific has gone over the total five times. Pacific has performed better offensively in its past 10 games, generating 79.3 points per contest, 3.3 more than its season average of 76. The Tigers have performed worse defensively in their past 10 games, giving up 84.2 points per contest, 6.4 more points their than season average of 77.8.
Pepperdine vs. Pacific Prediction & Pick
Our prediction to win this matchup is Pacific, and we predict that Pacific will cover the spread (Pepperdine -3.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 160 points.
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