Pepperdine Waves vs. Southern Utah Thunderbirds ATS Prediction


Expect a fast-paced game when the Pepperdine Waves (6-4) travel to Southern Utah to take on the Thunderbirds (4-3). Action gets underway at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 15, 2018.

Pepperdine Waves vs. Southern Utah Thunderbirds Betting Odds

Both teams thoroughly outplayed their last opponent. The Thunderbirds defeated the West Coast Baptist Eagles 109-63, while the Waves beat the Cal State-Dominguez Hills Toros 100-66.

Pepperdine played a flawless game. They had an effective field goal percentage of 0.643 and a turnover percentage of 11.0. For those same stats, Cal State-Dominguez Hills was 0.389 and 17.1, respectively. The Thunderbirds, meanwhile, had a much better turnover percentage (9.9 vs. 32.0) and had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (33.3 vs. 17.1). Southern Utah rallied around Dwayne Morgan, who had 20 points and six rebounds. Colbey Ross, meanwhile played well for Pepperdine, finishing with 15 points, seven assists and five rebounds.

The Thunderbirds won the lone game between these two teams last year, 88-82. The Thunderbirds’ 9.0 turnover percentage was their biggest advantage over the Waves, who had a mark of 18.3.

Ross has really been playing well as of late for Pepperdine, averaging 0 points over the last five games.

There should be plenty of transition offense in this meeting that features a pair of the nation’s more fast-paced teams. Southern Utah ranks 56th in possessions per game (73.5) and Pepperdine is 53rd (69.1) dating back to last season. Also, the Waves, who rank 55th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.255), could get to the line a ton against the Thunderbirds, who rank 330th in opponents’ FTA rate (0.300).

Pepperdine Waves at Southern Utah Thunderbirds Odds Pick

Free Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Southern Utah, ATS Winner – Pepperdine, O/U – Over

Betting Notes (2017-Present):

  • Southern Utah ranks 184th in rebounds per game (34.9) while Pepperdine ranks 254th (33.4).
  • The Thunderbirds average 22.6 three pointers per game, which ranks 132nd in the nation. The Waves rank 182nd in three pointers allowed per game (23.7).
  • Pepperdine averages 14.3 assists per game, which ranks 70th in the country. Southern Utah ranks 97th in assists allowed per game (12.6).
  • The Waves rank 50th in blocks allowed per game (3.8) while the Thunderbirds rank 116th (3.4).
  • Pepperdine ranks 22nd in steals allowed per game (5.5) while Southern Utah ranks 75th (5.8).