Portland Pilots vs Pepperdine Waves Odds
Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Firestone Fieldhouse Saturday as host Pepperdine looks to handle the Portland Pilots in NCAA hoops action.
The Waves sit at 8-6 (6-3-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Pilots are currently 7-9 (4-7 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Pepperdine is 5-2 OU, and Portland is 1-5 OU.
The Waves were listed as 6-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Waves at No. 175 and the Pilots at No. 219 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 65-61 result in favor of the Waves.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Pepperdine's No. 243-ranked offense, averaging 64.8 PPG, against a Pilots defense that ranks No. 165 at 65.7 PPG. The Waves field goal percentage has averaged 45.6% so far, more than the Pilots marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.6% per game.
Defensively, Portland features the nation's No. 225-rated defense on the road, allowing 73.3 points per game. Pepperdine, meanwhile, comes in at No. 291 nationally in scoring at home.
Portland was a 61-50 loser in its last match on the road against San Diego. They failed to cover the 6-point spread as underdogs. The Pilots got 12 points from Thomas van der Mars, but it was San Diego that prevailed in a 61-50 final on Thursday at Jenny Craig Pavilion.
Last time out for Pepperdine, they were a 78-62 loser as they battled Gonzaga at home. They earned a push in the match as a 16-point underdog. Pepperdine suffered a 78-62 loss against Gonzaga on Thursday, getting 16 points from Lorne Jackson in a losing effort at Firestone Fieldhouse.
Portland Pilots Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Loyola Marymount are 3-7
After playing San Diego are 3-7
After a loss are 6-4
Pepperdine Waves Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing BYU are 4-3
After playing Gonzaga are 1-9
After a loss are 5-5
A few Pilots at Waves trends to consider:
Portland is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games when playing on the road against Pepperdine
Portland is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Portland is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Pepperdine's last 11 games when playing Portland
Pepperdine is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
Pepperdine is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games when playing at home against Portland
Pepperdine is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
Portland at Loyola Marymount, Saturday, January 12
Pepperdine at BYU, Thursday, January 10