Pepperdine vs. Pacific WCC Tournament Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Thursday, March 2, 2023
The No. 10 seed Pepperdine Waves (9-21, 2-14 WCC) are 3.5-point favorites in the WCC Tournament over the No. 7 seed Pacific Tigers (14-17, 7-9 WCC) on Thursday at Orleans Arena. The contest begins at 11:30 PM and airs on WCC Network, with both teams hoping to move one step closer to an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament bracket. The matchup’s point total is set at 160.
Pepperdine vs. Pacific Odds
- Pepperdine odds to win: -175
- Pacific odds to win: +148
- Spread: Pepperdine (-3.5)
- Total: 160
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Game Time and Information
- Date: Thursday, March 2, 2023
- Time: 11:30 PM ET
- TV: WCC Network
- Where: Paradise, Nevada
- Venue: Orleans Arena
Who Will Win Pepperdine vs. Pacific?
Pepperdine and Pacific Betting Trends, Records Against the Spread
In games it has played as at least 3.5-point favorites this season, Pepperdine is 4-3 against the spread.
In games it has played as at least a 3.5-point underdog this year, Pacific is 10-8 against the spread.
The two teams average a combined 5.8 fewer points per game (154.2) than this game’s total of 160 points.
Opponents of these two teams have averaged a combined 159 points per game, one fewer than the point total for this matchup.
Pepperdine’s average point total in matchups this year is 159.4, 0.6 points less than the total in this game.
Tigers games this season have averaged an over/under of 153.8 points, 6.2 fewer than the point total in this matchup.
The Waves have an 11-17-0 record against the spread this season.
The Tigers’ ATS record is 14-15-0 this season.
Pepperdine Stats & Insights
Pepperdine is being outscored by three points per game with a -91 scoring differential overall. It puts up 78.2 points per game (39th in college basketball) and gives up 81.2 per outing (359th in college basketball).
Pepperdine is 94th in the country at 33.3 rebounds per game. That’s similar to the 33.4 its opponents average.
The Waves make 8.3 three-pointers per game (76th in college basketball), while their opponents have made 7.8 on average.
Pepperdine averages 93.5 points per 100 possessions on offense (191st in college basketball), and allows 97.1 points per 100 possessions (322nd in college basketball).
The Waves are posting 80.8 points per game this year at home, which is 5.4 more points than they’re averaging on the road (75.4).
Pacific Stats & Insights
Pacific has a -58 scoring differential, falling short by 1.8 points per game. It is putting up 76 points per game, 79th in college basketball, and is giving up 77.8 per contest to rank 349th in college basketball.
Pacific records 28 rebounds per game (344th in college basketball) while allowing 33.5 per contest to opponents. It is outrebounded by 5.5 boards per game.
Pacific hits 9.1 three-pointers per game (30th in college basketball) at a 39.2% rate (eighth-best in college basketball), compared to the 8.3 its opponents make, shooting 35.4% from deep.
Pacific averages 96.5 points per 100 possessions on offense (111th in college basketball), and allows 98.9 points per 100 possessions (346th in college basketball).
The Tigers are putting up fewer points at home (75.2 per game) than away (76.9).
Pepperdine Key Players to Watch
The Waves scoring leader is Maxwell Lewis, who averages 17.1 per contest to go with 5.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists.
Jevon Porter is Pepperdine’s leading rebounder, grabbing 7.3 per game, while Mike Mitchell Jr. is its best passer, distributing 4.9 assists in each contest.
The Waves get the most three-point shooting production out of Mitchell, who knocks down 2.4 threes per game.
Mitchell and Carson Basham lead Pepperdine on the defensive end, with Mitchell leading the team in steals averaging 1.1 per game and Basham in blocks averaging 1.2 per contest.
Pacific Key Players to Watch
Keylan Boone has the top spot on the Tigers leaderboards for scoring and rebounding with 13.4 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.
Pacific’s assist leader is Moe Odum with 3.8 per game. He also averages 5.2 points per game and tacks on 1.6 rebounds per game.
Boone makes 2.2 three-pointers per game, the most on the Tigers.
Pacific’s leader in steals is Odum (0.8 per game), and its leader in blocks is Sam Freeman (0.7 per game).
Pepperdine vs. Pacific Prediction
- Pick ATS:
- Pick OU:
Pacific 79, Pepperdine 77
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