Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Waves and Pilots. The game is starting at 8:00 ET on WCC, and it’s hosted by the Pilots at Chiles Center in Portland, OR. Get ready to place your bets! Pepperdine is favored by -1.5 in this West Coast conference showdown. The game’s over/under is currently at 153 points.

PEPPERDINE WAVES VS PORTLAND PILOTS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Portland Pilots +1.5

This game will be played at Chiles Center at 8:00 ET on Saturday, February 3rd.

WHY BET THE PORTLAND PILOTS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Pilots.
  • Not only will Portland pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +1.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 153 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.

Can Pepperdine Secure a Road Victory?

Pepperdine will look to snap a four-game losing streak when they take on Portland. The Waves have struggled on the road this season, going just 1-7, and they are 1-9 in their last 10 road games. On the year, Pepperdine is 9-14, including a 2-6 mark in West Coast Conference action.

Despite their struggles, the Waves have been the favorite in nine of their games, going 6-3 in those matchups. In their last game, Pepperdine fell to San Diego by a score of 69-67.

Pepperdine has an overall ATS record of 8-13 this season, including a 2-6 mark on the road. As the favorite, the Waves have gone 6-3 vs. the spread this year. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, Pepperdine is 6-4 ATS.

Today’s over/under line of 153 is higher than the average over/under line in Pepperdine’s games this season (150.7). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 with an average scoring total of 143 points.

In their recent matchup, the Pepperdine offense ended with 67 points against San Diego. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 40% and made 7 threes. The top scorer for the Waves was Michael Ajayi with 19 points, while Jevon Porter also added 18 to the scoreboard.

In terms of defense, Pepperdine is currently on par with the NCAA average for points allowed, giving up an average of 73.6 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 5.9 threes per game vs. Portland. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 35.5%.

Can the Pilots Pull Out the Win as Home Underdogs?

Portland will look to snap a two-game losing streak at home as they are 4-6 at home this season. They are 1-13 as the underdog, and their average scoring margin at home is -3.0.

For the season, the Pilots have an 8-15 record, and they are 2-7 in West Coast Conference play. They are coming off a 65-60 win over Pacific.

Against the spread, Portland has a record of 9-13 this season. At home, their ATS mark is 6-4 and they are 5-4 in their last 10 home games vs. the spread. As the underdog, the Pilots have gone 4-10 vs. the spread this year and they are just 2-8 in their last 10 games as the underdog.

Portland’s over/under record this season is 10-12 and today’s line of 153 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (150.2). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 140 points and their OU record in their last 10 games is 6-4.

The Portland offense is coming off a game in which they scored 65 points vs. Pacific. Overall their field goal percentage was 38% while connecting on 11 threes. The team’s scoring leader is Tyler Robertson, who holds an average of 16.1 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Vukasin Masic is averaging 13.1 points per game this season.

As they prepare for the upcoming game, Portland is focused on shoring up their defense, as they are currently allowing an average of 79.8 points per game (304th). So far, the Portland defense is giving up an average of 8.7 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 13.1 times per game (650th).