Pepperdine vs Hawai'i Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for Dec. 22 (Can the Waves Upset the Rainbow Warriors?)

Devon Platana
Pepperdine vs Hawai'i prediction, picks, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
Pepperdine vs Hawai'i prediction, picks, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photo/Young Kwak
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Pepperdine vs Hawai'i Game Info

2022-23 NCAA College Basketball Regular Season Game
Pepperdine Waves (6-5, 0-3 Away) vs. Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors (6-3, 3-2 Home)
Date: Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022
Time: 11 p.m. ET
Venue: Stan Sheriff Center — Honolulu, HI
Coverage: ESPN2

The 2022-23 NCAA college basketball season continues on Thursday, Dec. 22, including a Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic matchup between the Pepperdine Waves and Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors.

Pepperdine has a pep in its step after its last outing, defeating Cal State-Los Angeles, 92-69, on Monday to end a three-game skid. Meanwhile, Hawai'i was also successful in its last outing, pulling off a 90-66 win over St. Francis back on Dec. 11 behind a massive 30-point effort from Kamaka Hepa.

Will Pepperdine achieve its first road win tonight? Or will Hawai'i ride to victory in front of a raucous Stan Sheriff Center crowd?

Pepperdine vs Hawai'i Odds & Spread

All NCAA college basketball betting lines, odds and prop bets.
Moneyline: PEPP: (+160) | HAW: (-194)
Spread: PEPP:+4.5 (-110) | HAW: -4.5 (-110)
Total: 140.5 - Over: (-115) | Under: (-105)

Hawai'i enters this contest as the slight favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 11 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 140.5 points, which is about average compared to Thursday's projected totals.

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Pepperdine vs Hawai'i Prediction

Pepperdine hasn't been much of a threat on the road this season. In addition to losing all three of their away games thus far, the Waves average 16 fewer points on the road (65.7) than they do at home (81.7). They're also hitting just 38.3% of their shots in road games while also showing a lack of ball security, averaging 15.7 turnovers.

Hawai'i should be able to handle Pepperdine's lethargic attack. The Rainbow Warriors have the 23rd-best scoring defense (61.1 PPG) and are coming off a massive win over St. Francis at home. They've also covered the spread in four of their last five games against WCC opponents, so winning against a struggling Pepperdine team shouldn't be too challenging.

Looking to start off the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic on a high note, back Hawai'i winning on home soil.

Final Score Prediction: Hawai'i: 74 | Pepperdine: 68

Pepperdine vs Hawai'i Betting Trends

- Pepperdine is 1-5 against the spread (ATS) in its last six games against the Big West.
- Hawai'i is 10-5 straight up in its last 15 home games on Thursday.
- The total has hit the over in five of Pepperdine's last seven games.
- The total has hit the under in 15 of Hawai'i's last 19 games.

Pepperdine vs Hawai'i Best Bet

Winning by over 4.5 points isn't too much of an ask for Hawai'i. In addition to being 4-1 ATS in their last five games against the WCC, the Rainbow Warriors boast a plus-11.4 scoring margin at home. Meanwhile, the Waves are an astounding -20.0 on the road and have failed to cover the spread in all three of their away games this season.

With the home crowd motivating them to succeed, the Rainbow Warriors should cover with ease tonight.

Bet: Hawai'i -4.5 (-110)


Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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