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Missouri vs. LSU - 1/26/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
LSU at Missouri
Date & Time Saturday January 26, 2019, 6:00 PM (EST)
Location
Mizzou Arena
Columbia, MO
The Line
LSU Tigers -4 -- Over/Under: 142
TV Channel
SEC Network
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The LSU Tigers and the Missouri Tigers meet in an SEC college basketball matchup from the Mizzou Arena on Saturday evening.

The LSU Tigers will look to build on their current 8-game winning streak after a 92-82 win over Georgia in their last outing. Tremont Waters led LSU with 26 points on 9 of 14 shooting with team-highs of 4 assists and 4 steals while Skyler Mays added 20 points on 5 of 9 shooting with a pair of threes and an 8 of 8 mark from the foul line. Naz Reid added 15 points with a team-high 7 rebounds along with a pair of steals and 3 blocks while Ja’Vonte Smart added 10 points to finish off the quartet of double-digit scorers for LSU in the winning effort. Waters leads LSU with an average of 14.2 points and 6.1 assists per game while Emmitt Williams leads LSU in rebounding with 6.6 boards per game this season. As a team, LSU is averaging 83.1 points per game on 48.8% shooting from the field, 34.3% from behind the arc and 75.4% from the foul line this season.

The Missouri Tigers could use a win after losing 4 of their last 5 games after a 72-60 loss to Arkansas in their last outing. Mark Smith led the Tigers with 22 points on 8 of 14 shooting with 6 threes and a team-high 7 rebounds as the only Missouri player to score in double figures in the losing effort. Jeremiah Tilmon added 9 points and Jordan Geist chipped in 7 points with 6 rebounds and a team-high 4 assists as well in the defeat. Geist leads Missouri with an average of 13.3 points and 3.2 assists per game while Tilmon leads Mizzou in rebounding with 5.8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Missouri is averaging 67.8 points per game on 43.6% shooting from the field, 39.2% from behind the 3-point line and 69% from the foul line this season.

LSU is 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the over is 21-8 in their last 29 road games. Missouri is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 home games while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 conference games. The underdog is 5-0-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

Considering the amount of success that the underdog has had in this matchup, Missouri and the points is worth a look as a live home dog. However, the Missouri is only outscoring their opponents by 4.9 points per game at home this season while LSU is outscoring teams by 4.6 points per game on the road and 11.2 points per game overall this season. Add in the killer roll that LSU has been on lately, and I think laying points with LSU is one of the more reasonable plays on Saturday’s board.

Pick:
LSU -4

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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