LSU vs. Alabama - 1/8/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Alabama at LSU
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 9:00 PM (Pete Maravich Assembly Center )
LSU Tigers -6 O/U: 152
The Alabama Crimson Tide and the LSU Tigers will meet up on the college basketball court Tuesday.
Alabama comes into this one with a 10-3 mark so far. Since a December 4 loss to Georgia State, the Crimson Tide have beaten Arizona, Liberty, Penn State, SFA and Kentucky in succession.
In the win over the Wildcats, Alabama’s Tevin Mack led the team with 22 points, five rebounds and one assist. Tide forward Donta’ Hall doubled up with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Herb Jones filled the stat sheet on 10 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
Over on the LSU side, they’re 10-3 on the year as well.
In the win over the Warhawks, LSU’s leading scorer was Naz Reid, who posted a double-double on 19 points and 12 rebounds. Skylar Mays chipped in 14 points for the Tigers, and Emmitt Williams finished with 12 points and eight boards.
The Crimson Tide are 4-0-1 ATS in their last five overall and 4-1 ATS in their last five versus the SEC. Alabama is also 2-5 ATS in their last seven Tuesday games and 1-4 ATS in their last five road games.
Meanwhile, the Tigers are 16-35-4 ATS in their last 55 following a straight-up win and 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 versus a team with a winning straight-up record. The over is 4-1 in LSU’s last five versus the SEC and 6-2 in their last eight home games.
Alabama’s consecutive losses to UCF and Georgia State seem a distant memory now (it was last year, after all), and the team has responded with a string of solid offensive performances capped by the 77-75 win over Kentucky.
As for LSU, they played Houston pretty tough (and had a 10-point lead at halftime) but ran out of gas down the stretch. Since then the Tigers have continued to post solid offensive performances.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see LSU take a victory here—or Alabama, for that matter—but the line seems a little bit thick for me to side with the Tigers. I’m going to go with the Tide on the cover.