California vs. Pepperdine - 11/5/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Pepperdine Waves (0-0) at California Golden Bears (0-0)
College Basketball: Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 10:00 pm (Haas Pavilion)
The Line: California Golden Bears +2.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Pepperdine Waves and California Golden Bears meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the Haas Pavilion.
The Pepperdine Waves are coming off a 16-win season and have split their last 10 games. Colbey Ross returns after averaging 19.4 points and seven assists while Kameron Edwards is back after averaging 14.7 points and 6.2 rebounds. Kessler Edwards is the third double-digit scorer and Jade' Smith averaged 28.1 minutes per game. The Pepperdine Waves have to like their chances for a very successful season given that four of their top-five scorers are returning, including Ross, who is an elite scorer and shot almost 40 percent from three last season. Pepperdine should be a major factor in the WCC this season. The Pepperdine Waves have lost their last four road games.
The California Golden Bears have nowhere to go but up after winning just eight games last season. Paris Austin returns after averaging 11.6 points and 4.3 assists while Matt Bradley is back after averaging 10.8 points and two assists. Andre Kelly played 19.6 minutes per game and Juhwan Harris-Dyson grabbed two rebounds per game. Cal has enough returning production to where this should be a decently improved team. There’s more experience on this Golden Bears roster as well. The California Golden Bears simply have to improve their efforts defensively, as they were 350th in the country in field goal percentage allowed. The California Golden Bears have lost five of their last seven home games.
The Waves are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Tuesday games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Pacific-12. The Golden Bears are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 home games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 5-1 in Golden Bears last 6 overall. The over is 5-2 in Waves last 7 overall.
The Pepperdine Waves put up a fight in the WCC last season, but now they can seriously compete in this conference with so much returning production, and they should be foaming at the mouth to start their season off with a win over a Pac-12 school. The California Golden Bears have some nice returning pieces, but they lack depth and lack defensive effort based on what we saw last season. I'm really high on the Pepperdine Waves this season, and I'll be backing them often if we continue getting these soft lines.