Loyola Marymount Lions at Pepperdine Waves ATS Prediction 01/16/20

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The Loyola Marymount Lions (7-10, 1-2 WCC) will be at Firestone Fieldhouse to clash against the Pepperdine Waves (8-9, 1-2 WCC) in a WCC matchup. Action starts at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 16, 2020.

Loyola Marymount Lions vs. Pepperdine Waves Betting Odds

In their last contest, the Waves beat the San Diego Toreros, 85-78, while the Lions were blown out by the top-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs, 87-62.

The Waves made 24 of their 32 free throws (75.0 percent) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.575 (above their season average of 0.493). Loyola Marymount, meanwhile, had a better turnover percentage (14.6 vs. 11.3). Kameron Edwards had a good outing for Pepperdine, finishing with 23 points and eight rebounds. Eli Scott, meanwhile fueled Loyola Marymount with 20 points and five rebounds.

The Waves edged out the Lions in this series last year, taking two out of three contests. In the most recent contest, Pepperdine won 68-65. The Waves’ 29.6 offensive rebounding percentage was their biggest strength over the Lions, who had a rate of 23.3. This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.

The aggressive Pepperdine offense could be living from the free throw line in this meeting. The Waves rank 37th in the country with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.277, while Loyola Marymount is among the country’s most foul-prone squads (giving up a 329th-ranked FTA rate of 0.294).

Loyola Marymount vs. Pepperdine ATS Pick

Pick: SU Winner – Loyola Marymount, ATS Winner – Loyola Marymount, O/U – Over

Betting Notes:

  • Loyola Marymount ranks 27th in rebounds allowed per game (31.0) while Pepperdine ranks 164th (35.8).
  • The Waves average 3.2 blocks per game, which ranks 114th in the nation. The Lions rank 131st in blocks allowed per game (3.9).
  • Loyola Marymount averages 6.4 steals per game, which ranks 139th in the country. Pepperdine ranks 140th in steals allowed per game (7.1).
  • The Waves rank 121st in three pointers attempted per game (22.8) while the Lions rank 255th (17.7).
  • Pepperdine ranks 50th in assists per game (15.0) while Loyola Marymount ranks 181st (12.1).

Bettings Trends:

  • During their last five games, the Lions have scored an average of 57.6 points per game (8.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 65.6 points per game (2.4 below their season average).
  • The Waves’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 2.8, up from 0.5 for the season.