Pepperdine Waves (5-3) vs Cal Riverside Highlanders (2-7)Date : 12/06/2018
Time : 10:00 pm EST
Location : UCR Recreation Center, Riverside, California
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Pepperdine Waves vs Cal Riverside Highlanders
The Pepperdine Waves will travel to UCR Recreation Center in Riverside, California, to battle the Cal Riverside Highlanders on Thursday night at 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Both teams are coming off losses as the Pepperdine Waves suffered the 90-83 home loss to the Cal State Northridge Matadors in their last outing as the Matadors were able to pick up the win despite committing 16 turnovers for the night as they outrebounded the Waves by a margin of 41-30 while the offense shot well over 50% from the floor on the night en route to the victory.
The Highlanders of Cal Riverside fell to the Crusaders of Valparaiso on the road by an 82-73 score as the loss would be their third straight along with their 7th total loss for the season, overall. Nonetheless, the Highlanders will be looking to get back on track in this matchup on Thursday night in what will be an interesting and exciting match up throughout.
Pepperdine Waves's Latest Performance :
The Waves of Pepperdine ended a three-game winning streak in their last outing versus the Matadors of Cal State Northridge on an off-night on the offensive end to where they only shot 42% from the field on the night while making 12 – 29 attempts from three-point range. Colby Ross led the team in scoring with 24 points on the night while also having 11 rebounds in addition to four assists while Eric Cooper Jr chipped in 17 points on a night where he struggled from the floor in going 7 – 18 in the night.
On the defensive end, Pepperdine allowed the Matadors to shoot 53% from the floor, overall, while allowing only 5 of 16 three point attempts to the visitors as Lamine Diane along with Darius Brown II had 29 and 20 points, respectively, for Cal State Northridge while Terrell Gomez ended with 19 points along with seven assists in the contest.
While one could certainly write this game off as the Waves simply having an off-night; However, the Waves will certainly be looking to get back on the winning track in this matchup as their defense, which allows opponents to shoot 45% from the floor on a nightly basis, will be looking to neutralize an inconsistent offense in Cal Riverside on Thursday night.
Cal Riverside Highlanders's Latest Performance :
Leading scorer Dikembe Martin scored 21 points for the Highlanders in their loss to the Crusaders of Valparaiso in their last time out while Dragan Elkaz finished with 12 points for a Highlanders team that simply could not get things going on the offensive end in which to remain competitive throughout the contest. Their offense has only been able to put up 60 points per game during game during their current three-game losing streak while the defense has allowed opponents to average 76 points per game during this time.
In fact, Cal Riverside has only scored 70 or more points in three of their last nine games of their 2018 campaign. Martin leads the team in scoring with 16 points per game while also shooting 48% from the floor per night to lead the team. They will certainly need his aggression on the offensive end of the court in which to stay competitive with a Pepperdine squad that is averaging a tad over 84 points per game on 47% shooting per game.
How Pepperdine Waves & Cal Riverside Highlanders Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Pepperdine is 3 – 4 – 1 ATS while the OU is 3 – 5
Cal Riverside is 5 – 1 ATS while the OU is 4 – 2
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
There are many positives in this matchup for Pepperdine in that, despite their last lost to the Matadors, they remain a dangerous team due to their ability to put points on the board in bunches. Also, the offense for Pepperdine will certainly look to take advantage of a defensive unit for the Highlanders that allow opponents to shoot 48% from the floor per outing. On the other hand, the Highlanders are playing at home, after all, and will certainly look to perform much better than they have in recent outings in which to attempt to keep this contest close.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Pepperdine Waves
My reason for the pick :
I will side with Pepperdine in this matchup as they will be looking to put in a much better performance than in their last outing versus Cal Northridge. Furthermore, Pepperdine is simply the better team at this point in the season as Cal Riverside continues to drop games do to their inability to score on a consistent basis on the offensive end. With that being the case, expect Pepperdine to push the pace in this matchup in which to kick start their offense while pulling away from the Highlanders early en route to a convincing victory and Thursday night.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
While I believe that Pepperdine will certainly put some points on the board in this matchup, I happen to believe that Riverside will indeed put in a much more solid effort on the defensive end. It is for this reason that I will back the under for this matchup in that the home team will limit offensive opportunities for a hot shooting Pepperdine squad; However, their offense will also struggle versus a Waves defensive unit that will afford themselves the opportunity of improving upon their overall lackluster defensive stats for the season in facing a dismal offensive attack for the Highlanders.
Betting trends for Pepperdine Waves:
- The Waves are 11-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall.
The Waves are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Thu. games.
Over is 8-3 in Waves last 11 road games.
Betting trends for Cal Riverside Highlanders:
- Under is 21-9-1 in Highlanders last 31 overall.
The Highlanders are 9-20 ATS in their last 29 home games.