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Pepperdine Waves vs Ball State Cardinals College Basketball Betting Preview

The Ball State Cardinals will look to boost their win total and cover the point spread when they tip off against the Pepperdine Waves at Worthen Arena on Saturday in NCAA hoops betting.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Ball State Cardinals betting line opened as -1.5-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at BetOnline but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening over/under total as well at MyBookie.

Pepperdine Waves vs Ball State Cardinals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Pepperdine Waves will try to spoil to the party and cover the point spread on Saturday; they are 3-6 ATS against the betting line this season, while the Ball State Cardinals are 2-3 ATS. Pepperdine Waves are 2-7 on betting the total; Ball State Cardinals are 2-3.

The Cardinals - Waves odds would favor the Cardinals if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Ball State is rated No. 175 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Pepperdine is at No. 214.

Statistical Matchup

Rebounding is always a key handicapping betting consideration and Pepperdine is ranked No. 164 in NCAA basketball at 36.78 per game. Contrast that with Ball State's No. 135 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Ball State is the No. 113-ranked team in the country at 7.22 per game, while Pepperdine rates No. 230 at 5.11 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Pepperdine earned a 77-75 victory over Long Beach State on Wednesday, getting 18 points from Lamond Murray Jr. at Firestone Fieldhouse.

Betting Trends
  • Pepperdine is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Pepperdine is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pepperdine's last 7 games
  • Pepperdine is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Ball State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Ball State is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games
  • Ball State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Pepperdine home to Louisiana-Lafayette, Friday, December 18th
Ball State at Indiana State, Tuesday, December 22nd