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NCAA hoops odds preview - Portland vs. Pepperdine

Portland PilotsPepperdine Waves
11-7January 18, 2014, 08:00 | Firestone Fieldhouse11-8

Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Portland when they take on the Pepperdine Waves on Saturday in college hoops betting action.

The Waves are 11-8 so far on the season, and 11-5 ATS vs. the number. The Pilots, meanwhile, are 11-7 and 13-5 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Pepperdine go 8-8 and the Pilots go 9-9 on the totals.

View Portland Pilots vs Pepperdine Waves Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Pepperdine sat as -2-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 65-rated Portland taking on the No. 162-rated Waves in this contest.

Portland was a 71-57 winner in its last match on the road against Loyola Marymount. They covered the 4-point spread as underdogs. Bobby Sharp scored 14 points leading the Pilots to a 71-57 victory over Loyola Marymount at Gersten Pavilion on Thursday.

Pepperdine was a 70-53 loser in their most recent outing at home against Gonzaga. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as underdogs. Stacy Davis scored 12 points in a futile effort to lead the Waves to a win (they lost 70-53 to Gonzaga at Firestone Fieldhouse on Thursday).

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Pilots is ranked No. 104 in NCAA hoops at 36.83 per game. Contrast that with Pepperdine’s No. 162 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Pepperdine is the No. 95-ranked team in the country at 6.74 per game, while Portland rates No. 179 at 5.56 per game.

A few Pilots at Waves trends to consider:
Portland is 13-5 ATS in its last 18 games
Portland is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Portland's last 5 games
Portland is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Pepperdine is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pepperdine's last 6 games
Pepperdine is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
Pepperdine is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Portland

Next up:
Portland home to BYU, Thursday, January 23rd
Pepperdine at St. Mary's, Thursday, January 23rd