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Florida vs. LSU - 3/6/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
LSU at Florida
Date & Time Wednesday March 6, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Exactech Arena
Gainesville, Florida.
The Line
The Line: Florida -1.5 -- Over/Under: 138.5
TV Channel
ESPN2
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The LSU Tigers and Florida Gators meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Exactech Arena.

The LSU Tigers look for another win after winning 17 of their last 19 games. The LSU Tigers are averaging 81.8 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 73.2 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Tremont Waters is averaging 15.3 points and 2.9 rebounds while Skylar Mays is averaging 13.7 points and 3.2 rebounds. Naz Reid is the third double-digit scorer and Ja'vonte Smart is dishing 2.4 assists. The LSU Tigers are shooting 31.7 percent from beyond the arc and 76 percent from the free throw line. The LSU Tigers are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.1 rebounds per game. The LSU Tigers have won their last eight road games.

The Florida Gators look for a win after winning eight of their last 13 games. The Florida Gators are averaging 68.3 points on 42.1 percent shooting and allowing 63.1 points on 42.2 percent shooting. KeVaughn Allen is averaging 12.5 points and 2.9 rebounds while Noah Locke is averaging 10.3 points and 2.5 rebounds. Andrew Nembhard is dishing 5.2 assists and Kevarrius Hayes is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The Florida Gators are shooting 33.7 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. The Florida Gators are allowing 31.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.3 rebounds per game. The Florida Gators have won four of their last six home games.

The Tigers are 13-4-1 ATS in their last 18 vs. Southeastern, 8-1 ATS in their last 9 road games and 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Gators are 0-8 ATS in their last 8 home games, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 vs. Southeastern and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Tigers are 1-3-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Florida and 1-3-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The under is 8-1 in Gators last 9 overall. The over is 12-5 in Tigers last 17 overall.

Florida just beat LSU in overtime on the road a couple weeks ago and has won seven of the last 10 meetings overall. The LSU Tigers are probably the better team, has had a ton of success on the road and needs wins to chase an SEC title, but winning in Gainesville is never easy, and it won't be any easier with it being the last home game for four seniors. This is an experienced Florida team that will want to go out the right way, and that's without mentioning the Gators playing decent ball in their own right, winning their last five games by an average of 7.4 points. In a near toss-up, I'll take Florida and the small chalk.

Pick:
Florida -1.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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