The entire LSU Basketball fanbase will have their eyes glued to an SEC showdown on Wednesday night featuring the Tigers and No. 6 Kentucky Wildcats at Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY. The Wildcats will look to avenge 65-60 loss from back in early January and this game is sure to have some fireworks as the conference tournament looms.
The current betting odds on WynnBET show LSU as a 7.5-point underdog, with -110 odds to cover the spread. Despite entering this clash as road dogs, there’s a great opportunity for LSU fans to profit off the primetime showdown at 9 p.m. EST on ESPN.
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Kentucky enters this SEC showdown red hot. The Wildcats have won eight of their last 10, and are a perfect 16-0 at home thanks to strong contributions from Sahvir Wheeler (9.6 points, 7.1 assists per game). On the other hand, LSU has been a rocky 7-7 in conference play despite boasting one of the best players in the conference, forward Tari Eason averaging 16.9 points per game.
This matchup pits a pair of teams with completely opposing makeups. Kentucky rates fourth in the nation in KenPom’s adjusted offensive efficiency and the Tigers boast the third-best adjusted defensive efficiency.
LSU vs Kentucky Best Bet
It’s the overall pace and LSU’s defensive efficiency that makes this a favorable matchup to target, even if the blueblood Wildcats rate No. 2 in KenPom’s overall rankings. The Tigers are a force that can’t be reckoned with defensively, leading the SEC in scoring defense and holding opponents to 38.1% shooting from the floor.
Neither team cracks the top-75 in KenPom’s adjusted tempo, meaning we should be in for a slow-paced slugfest. That’s exactly why LSU fans should target this +7.5-point spread. We’re not going to see a shootout and the Tigers’ defensive prowess will keep them in this game, up until the final buzzer.
Adding to that, it’s not exactly like Kentucky plays great against the spread (ATS). The Wildcats are just 4-6 in their last 10 games ATS, and 6-8 ATS against SEC opponents. If the previous matchup between these two sides, a 65-60 LSU win, is any indication then this game plays way closer than the oddsmakers at WynnBET are projecting.
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