Pepperdine Waves (6-6) vs Long Beach State 49ers. (3-9)Date : 12/20/2018
Time : 10:00 pm EST
Location : Walter Coliseum, Long Beach, California
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Pepperdine Waves vs Long Beach State 49ers.
The Pepperdine Waves will travel to Walter Coliseum in Long Beach, California, to face the Long Beach State 49ers on Thursday night at 10 pm EST. Both of these teams are coming off extended losing streaks as the Pepperdine Waves lost their fourth game in five outings as they fell on the road to the Oregon State Beavers in their last outing as their offense continued to struggle in shooting only 36% for the night while allowing the struggling Beavers to shoot well over 50% en route to their second straight loss, overall.
On the other hand, the Long Beach State 49ers come into this game losers of four of their last six games as they were were edged in their sixth straight road loss at the hands of the Tigers of Pacific as the 49ers relinquished an 8 point halftime lead as they were outscored 44-30 in the second half by Pacific en Route to the deflating loss.
Pepperdine Waves's Latest Performance :
Pepperdine has lost their last three road games, with their last being in Corvallis, Oregon, versus the Oregon State Beavers as they went down by 10 points at the half while could not get anything going for the remainder of the game en route to their second straight loss. Colbey Ross along with Eric Cooper Jr led the team with 15 points apiece while only going 8-22 from the floor along with four of 13 from three-point range. Jade Smith went 0 for 3 from long range while ending with 10 points along with pulling down seven rebounds, while also having five turnovers.
On the defensive end, Pepperdine allowed a struggling Oregon State offense, as stated, to shoot over 52% for the night while they also made good on 8 of 19 3-point attempts as Tres Tinkle along with Stephen Thompson Jr chipped in 21 and 20 points, respectively, for Oregon State in the win. Alfred Hollins also chipped in 17 points and seven rebounds for Oregon State in the win as well.
In all, Pepperdine has not been good either at home or on the road in 2018. Combine this with the fact that, as stated, they are losers of their last three road games, a date with the Long Beach State 49ers may just be the matchup that they need in which to get back on track, as the 49ers have struggled just as much ( if not more) than they have in 2018.
Long Beach State 49ers.'s Latest Performance :
Temidayo Yussuf along with Brian Alberts led the team with 14 and 13 points, respectively, as Long Beach State drop yet another game versus the Pacific Tigers on the road in that last matchup, as stated. And while the 49ers shot dismal once again from the floor, they went over 40% from three-point range in connecting on nine of 19 3-pointers on the night as Alberts along with Edon Maxhuni went a combined 6-11 from long-range on the night while Jordan Griffin went 3-4 as well for the 49ers as he came off the bench to score 10 points during the contest.
Nonetheless, this was all for naught as the 49ers allowed Pacific to shoot a tad better at 43% for the night while the Tigers also capitalized on 18 turnovers for Long Beach State as well. Also, Lafayette Dorsey scored 31 points for the Tigers in the win as he went 9 – 14 from the floor while going 3-6 from three-point range in the much-needed victory for Pacific. In all,Long Beach State has only won two of their last 10 games, overall, and are desperately in need of a victory at this critical point in the season.
The offenses struggled thus far in 2018 in shooting just 39% from the floor on a nightly basis while averaging a tad over 71 points per game.Their defense has certainly not been much better as they are allowing teams to score 79 points per game on over 44% shooting per outing. In all, they must certainly be able to work toward shoring up these vulnerabilities, beginning with their matchup vs the Pepperdine Waves, yet another team that has struggled mightily throughout the season.
How Pepperdine Waves & Long Beach State 49ers. Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Pepperdine is 5-5 ATS while the OU is 4-6
Long Beach State is 6-5 ATS while the OUO is 5-6
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will certainly be an interesting game versus two teams that are struggling on both sides of the ball at this point in the season. With that being said, look for these teams to get out and push the pace of this ballgame throughout in which the kick-start their offense and pick up some much-needed points. In all, this game will certainly be a competitive one where each team will be fighting tooth-and-nail in which to come up with an all-important victory in which to temporarily halt their bleeding.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Long Beach State 49ers
My reason for the pick :
I will give the 49ers the nod in this contest as they have been much better at home than Pepperdine has been on the road, recently. In fact, Long Beach State fell to the Oregon State Beavers by only three points at home earlier in the season as they played a great game, all around. With that being the case, look for the 49ers to get back on the winning track versus a Pepperdine team that were blitzed by the Beavers on the road in their last matchup.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
I’m going back the under in this matchup as both offenses for Long Beach State and Pepperdine have struggled so often this season that I am not sure that they will be able to take full advantage of the shaky defenses that will also be taking the floor on this night. With that being the case, look for the under to be the strong play in this instance as while I see both teams putting points on the board, the total will certainly not be surpassed in the end due to each offenses tendency towards inconsistency.
Betting trends for Pepperdine Waves:
- Waves are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 Thu. games.
Betting trends for Long Beach State 49ers.:
- 49ers are 22-8 ATS in their last 30 vs. West Coast.