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Where: Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY
When: Tuesday, February 12, 7:00 PM. ET.
The Kentucky Wildcats will be going for their 11th consecutive win when they take on the LSU Tigers on Tuesday night.
Tigers Going For Third Consecutive Win
The Tigers have played well this season, winning 19 of their first 23 games. They will be trying to pick up their third win in a row and 13th win in their last 14 games when they face the Wildcats. The Tigers will also be trying to reduce their one-game deficit in the SEC standings and move up to second place in the conference with a win over the Wildcats.
Call it a sweep‼️
— LSU Basketball (@LSUBasketball) February 11, 2019
LSU is one of the top offensive teams in the country, averaging 83.3 points per game. The team is shooting 47 percent from the field and 32.7 percent from three-point range.
Tremont Waters leads the way for the Tigers with 15.7 points and 6.1 assists per game. Naz Reid is averaging 13.9 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, while Skylar Mays is averaging 13.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.
The Tigers have struggled on the defensive end and are giving up 73.4 points per game. They have given up 83 points per game in their last two games and need to do a better defensive job to give themselves a chance to pull off the upset on Tuesday.
Wildcats Going for 14th Win In 15 Games
Like the Tigers, the Wildcats have played well this season, winning 20 of their first 23 games. They will be trying to win their 11th game in a row and 14th in their last 15 games when they face the Tigers.
— KYwildcatsTV (@KYwildcatsTV) February 11, 2019
Kentucky has a chance to end the week as the top team in the SEC, but they will need to beat the Tigers and Tennessee Volunteers, who they play next. If they can win the conference, they will likely finish the season as one of the four number one seeds in the NCAA tournament.
The Wildcats have played well offensively, averaging 78.7 points per game. The team is shooting 47.7 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from three-point range.
PJ Washington leads the team with 14.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. Keldon Johnson is averaging 14.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, while Tyler Herro is averaging 13.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.
The Wildcats have also played well defensively, holding opponents to 65.2 points per game, which is 39th in the country. They have given up 56.8 points per game in their last five games and need to keep it up if they want to beat the Tigers on Tuesday.
- 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- 7-0 ATS in their last 7 vs. Southeastern.
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games.
- 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Kentucky.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Both teams are playing very well against the spread and have combined to win their last 10 games against teams with winning records. The Tigers have the edge here because they have played well on the road against the Wildcats, winning seven of their last 10 meetings.
Prediction: LSU Tigers
Full-Game Total Pick
The Tigers have played over the total in six of their last seven games and in seven of their last nine games against teams with winning records. The Wildcats have played over the total in six of their last eight games against teams with winning records.
Half-Time Side Pick
The Tigers will win the first half of this game because they have outplayed the Wildcats in the first half of their last three games, averaging 37.7 points per game while the Wildcats average 36 points per game.
Prediction: LSU Tigers
Half-Time Total Bet
The Wildcats and Tigers are averaging 73.7 combined points per game in the first half of their last three games and they will play over the first half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.