Kentucky at LSU
Time: 8 PM CST (ESPN)
Spread: LSU -3.5
Odds c/o 5dimes
LSU is 18-7 and 9-3 in SEC play SU this season. It will host the No. 10 ranked Kentucky Wildcats at 8 PM (CST) on ESPN as 3.5-point favorites. The Tigers enter having lost three of its last four overall, but are favored in the affair which also has an over/under set at 151.5 points according to college basketball oddsmakers at 5dimes.
The Tigers have fallen to Vanderbilt, Auburn, and Alabama in three of its last four. It defeated Missouri over that span. LSU is still 9-3 in conference play and in second place in the SEC. The Tigers trail No. 1 Kentucky by one game and it can make up that deficit with a win tonight.
LSU averages 80.8 points per game, which ranks No. 14 among NCAA programs. It gives up just 72.7 points per game, and the point differential is +8.1 points. The Wildcats have a top-40 rebounding team at 39.9 rebounds per game.
LSU is paced by the scoring of Skylar Mays. The lead guard averages 16.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.0 steals per game while shooting nearly 50 percent from the field and 37 percent from three. Trendon Watford and Emmitt Williams each score 13.9 points per game, and the pair each grabs seven boards per game, as well. Williams is a shot-blocking threat at 1.3 blocks in his 28 minutes per night. The Tigers shot 47.7 percent from the field as a team while shooting 77.4 percent from the line and 31.4 percent from three-point range.
ATS Trends (C/o Covers):
Kentucky is ranked No. 10 in the nation at 20-5 with a 10-2 mark in SEC play. The Wildcats have won four straight games, with wins over Mississippi State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Ole Miss. Kentucky still finds itself slight underdogs at LSU. The Tigers trail Kentucky by just one game in the SEC Standings.
Kentucky is led by guard Immanuel Quickley. He averages 15 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game but shoots under 40 percent from the field and 38.7 percent from three. Nick Richards, Tyrese Maxey, and Ashton Hagans round out the double-figure scorers for Kentucky, and Richards leads the team in rebounding at 8.2 boards per game. EJ Montgomery plays just 22 minutes per game but averages 6.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks as a defensive game-changer off the bench for Coach John Calipari. Quickley struggled last year but has really come on since returning to the Wildcats as opposed to entering the NBA draft. He has improved in nearly every aspect of his game but still needs to work on finishing better when he gets to the basket. The Wildcats shot just 31.9 percent from three as a team, but it hits 46 percent of its field goals overall and shoots nearly 79 percent from the line as a team
ATS Trends (C/o Covers):
Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games.
Wildcats are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Wildcats are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as a road underdog.