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Montana State Bobcats visit Pepperdine Waves in NCAAB hoops battle

Montana State BobcatsPepperdine Waves
Dec 18, 8:00 PM | Firestone Fieldhouse

Montana State Bobcats vs Pepperdine Waves Odds

5-4TEAM RECORD5-4

The Pepperdine Waves will try to pay off for their supporters on Sunday when they play host to the Bobcats at Firestone Fieldhouse in NCAAB action.

The Waves sport records of 5-4 and 3-3 ATS heading into this battle, while the Bobcats have 5-4 and 3-2 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 2-4 for the Waves and 5-0 for the Bobcats.

View Montana State vs Pepperdine Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Waves as 3.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 260 (Waves) and the No. 259 (Bobcats) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 78-68 result in favor of the Bobcats has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Bobcats is ranked No. 125 in NCAA hoops at 36.6 per game. Contrast that with Pepperdine’s No. 109 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Pepperdine is the No. 145-ranked team in the country at 6.6 per game, while Montana State rates No. 84 at 7.2 per game.

Defensively, Montana State features the nation's No. 196-rated defense on the road, allowing 72 points per game. Pepperdine, meanwhile, comes in at No. 295 nationally in scoring at home.

Montana State lost its last outing, a 75-73 result against UC Riverside on December 11. They failed to cover in that game as a 7-point favorite. The Bobcats endured a 75-73 loss at the hands of the Highlanders on Sunday, despite a 21-point effort from Xavier Johnson-Blount at Worthington Arena.

Pepperdine lost its last outing, a 73-70 result against CS Northridge on December 10. They failed to cover in that game as a 7-point favorite. Joshua Lowery scored 17 points in a futile effort to lead the Waves to a win (they lost 73-70 to CS Northridge at Firestone Fieldhouse on Saturday).

Montana State Bobcats Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
After playing UC Riverside are 0-2
After a loss are 4-6

Pepperdine Waves Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 1-9
After playing CS Northridge are 3-4
After a loss are 6-4

A few Bobcats at Waves trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Montana State's last 5 games on the road
Montana State is 4-15 SU in its last 19 games on the road

Next up:
Montana State at New Mexico, Tuesday, December 20
Pepperdine at Washington State, Thursday, December 22

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