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Pepperdine Waves host St. Mary's Gaels in college basketball action

St. Mary's GaelsPepperdine Waves
Dec 31, 6:00 PM | Firestone Fieldhouse

St. Mary's Gaels vs Pepperdine Waves Odds

12-2TEAM RECORD7-5

Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Saturday when the Pepperdine Waves try to run the Gaels off the court at Firestone Fieldhouse in college hoops action.

The Waves sport records of 7-5 and 5-3-1 ATS heading into this battle, while the Gaels have 12-2 and 6-2 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 3-6 for the Waves and 5-3 for the Gaels.

View St Marys vs Pepperdine Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Pepperdine opened as 12.5-point underdogs in this College Basketball tilt.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Waves rated this week at No. 183 and the Gaels sitting at No. 36. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction modelling that produced a 82-66 result in favor of the Gaels.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Pepperdine has the nation's No. 290-rated offensive output, at 62.1 PPG. The visiting Gaels defense ranks No. 29 allowing on average 58.7 PPG. The Waves FG% has averaged 39.9% so far, less than the Gaels marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.6% per game.

Defensively, St. Mary's features the nation's No. 36-rated defense on the road, allowing 62 points per game. Pepperdine, meanwhile, comes in at No. 285 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, St. Mary's was a 98-82 winner at home against BYU. They covered the 5–point spread as favorites. The Gaels got a 24-point performance from Rob Jones, who added 15 rebounds, as St. Mary's ran past BYU 98-82 on Thursday at McKeon Pavilion.

Pepperdine was a 77-61 winner in their most recent outing at home against San Francisco. They covered the 2.5–point spread as underdogs. Pepperdine got 19 points from Corbin Moore en route to a 77-61 victory over San Francisco on Thursday at Firestone Fieldhouse.

St. Mary's Gaels Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-4
Before playing San Diego are 7-3
After playing BYU are 2-1
After a win are 8-2

Pepperdine Waves Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-4
Before playing Gonzaga are 2-8
After playing San Francisco are 2-8
After a win are 3-7

A few Gaels at Waves trends to consider:
St. Mary's is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Pepperdine
St. Mary's is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Mary's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Mary's last 6 games when playing on the road against Pepperdine
Pepperdine is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
Pepperdine is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Pepperdine is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pepperdine's last 6 games when playing St. Mary's

Next up:
St. Mary's at San Diego, Thursday, January 5
Pepperdine at Gonzaga, Thursday, January 5

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