The Runnin’ Rebels and Waves are set to face off at 10:00 ET on ESPN+. The Waves will host the game at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu, CA. The Runnin’ Rebels are favored in this non-conference showdown. The game’s over/under is currently at 149.5 points.
UNLV RUNNIN’ REBELS VS PEPPERDINE WAVES BETTING PICK
The Pick: Pepperdine Waves +3.5
This game will be played at Firestone Fieldhouse at 10:00 ET on Friday, November 17th.
WHY BET THE PEPPERDINE WAVES:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 73-70 in favor of the Waves.
- Not only will Pepperdine pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +3.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 149.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.
Can the Runnin’ Rebels Pull Off a Road Win?
This will be the third game of the season for UNLV, who currently hold a 1-1 record. In their last five road games, including those from last year, UNLV has gone 2-3. As of now, UNLV has a 1-1 record against the spread heading into today’s game. Last season, when playing away from home, UNLV went 6-6 vs. the spread.
In two games, UNLV comes in with an over/under mark of 1-1-0, with their games averaging 141 points per game. When assessing the Runnin’ Rebels’ performance in their last three games, their over/under record stands at 2-1, with their games averaging 72 points per game.
In their latest game, UNLV offense put up 71 points against Stetson. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 41.5% and made 10 threes. The top scorer for the Runnin’ Rebels was Luis Rodriguez with 15 points, while Jalen Hill also chipped in with 14 points.
At present, the Runnin’ Rebels’ defense is nationally ranked 71st, allowing 70.0 points per game. Against Stetson in their most recent game, the UNLV defense gave up a total of 55 points while allowing Stetson to hit 41% of their shots.
Is a Home Win Possible for Pepperdine?
After three games, Pepperdine enters with a 2-1 overall record. In their last five home games, including last season, Pepperdine has gone 0-5. Pepperdine’s record vs. the spread heading into today’s game stands at 2-1. When playing at home this season, Pepperdine has a perfect 2-0 record vs. the spread. However, in their previous ten home games, they have gone 4-6 vs. the spread.
After three games, Pepperdine has an over/under record of 1-2-0, with their games averaging a combined 142.3 points per game so far. In the Waves’ last five games, the combined scoring average stands at 79 points per game, accompanied by an over/under record of 1-3.
In their recent matchup, the Pepperdine offense ended with 88 points against LIU. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 40.3% and made 9 threes. In terms of three-point shooting, the Waves offense has been good from outside, hitting 39% of their three-pointers on an average of 17.2 attempts per game. Their overall field goal percentage is currently 46%.
Pepperdine’s defense has been playing well, ranking 35th nationally, with 62.2 points allowed per game. In today’s game vs. UNLV, the Pepperdine defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, Pepperdine made 25 free-throws vs. the Waves.