Pepperdine at Loyola Marymount - 1/28/23 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Loyola Marymount Lions (15-7) vs Pepperdine Waves (7-15)

Game Info: Saturday, January 28, 2023 at 11:00 pm (Albert Gersten Pavilion)

Betting Odds: Loyola Marymount Lions -9.5 -- Over/Under: 151 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Pepperdine Waves will make the 90-minute trip to Los Angeles to face the Loyola Marymount Lions in WCC play from the Gersten Pavilion. This will mark the 50th time LMU and Pepperdine face off here, and the Waves hold the all-time series lead, 32-17.

Pepperdine dropped to 7-15 after losing to San Diego in Malibu. The Waves stuck around with the Toreros for a bit, but they’d end up falling by nine points. Pepperdine is scoring 77.3 points per game, while allowing 79.4 ppg, and shooting 46.2% from the field. 

Pepperdine is sinking in conference play, and at 0-8, they just want to feel a win at this point. Six of the Waves nine straight losses have been by double figures, and every opposing team has scored at will. Maxwell Lewis posted a 30-point double-double against Pacific, and he leads Pepperdine in scoring (18.6), while grabbing 5.9 rpg. Jevon Porter had a solid outing versus Portland, and he leads the team in rebounding (6.8), and scores 10.9 ppg. Sophomore guard Houston Mallette has scored 15 points or more in four of the last seven games, and he’s second on the team in scoring at 13.2 ppg. 

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Loyola Marymount improved to 15-7 after beating Portland in LA. The Lions pulled away from the Pilots with a big second half, and handed them a 19-point loss. LMU is scoring 76.0 points per game, while allowing 69.9 ppg, and shooting 46.2% from the field.

LMU picked up one of the biggest wins in school history when they defeated Gonzaga last week, and they kept things going with a big win over Portland.  look to keep things going here. Cam Shelton is really thriving in the lead role for LMU. The 6’2 guard went for a season-high 28 points in the win over USD, and he followed it up with 27 points and the game winner versus Gonzaga. Shelton scored 20 points last time out against Portland, and he’s averaging team leads in scoring (19.1) and assists (4.5), while grabbing 6.1 rpg. Four-year starter Keli Leaupepe leads the Lions in rebounding at 6.9 rpg, while scoring 14.1 ppg. 

Pepperdine is 6-14 against the spread this season, with a 12-8 over/under record. LMU is 13-8 ATS this year, with a 12-8 o/u record.

LMU has a legit chance to go dancing if they keep winning ball games, and a lowly Pepperdine is not going to slow the show in the City of Angels down. The Lions simply won’t let their guard down here, and it’ll just be a matter of keeping Pepperdine at distance on the scoreboard throughout the contest. Take LMU confidently here for this WCC contest, and give the late night over a view as well, with Pepperdine giving up baskets at will this season.

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