Kentucky vs. LSU odds, props, prediction: Wildcats back on track, but face tough test in Baton Rouge

The No. 17 Kentucky Wildcats are on the road in Baton Rouge tonight for a battle with the LSU Tigers. The Wildcats recently stopped the free fall of their season with back-to-back wins against Ole Miss and at Auburn.

Those wins were much needed as their tournament hopes were becoming a concern. However, they aren’t completely out of the woods, as a loss to the Tigers — who have lost six of their last eight — would certainly be a setback, especially with their remaining schedule.

LSU isn’t having the best season, but they have proven to be problematic for SEC foes, registering wins against No. 11 South Carolina, at No. 22 Ole Miss, and they forced the No. 24 Florida Gators to the brink on the road. So, although it would be a bad loss for the Wildcats, the Tigers aren’t to be looked over either.

Kentucky is 15-10-0 against the spread (ATS) and 18-7-0 OVER its totals, but its past three games have failed to hit the OVER. The Tigers are 10-14-0 ATS and 12-12-0 on the totals.

The SEC is one of the best conferences in the country yet again thanks to high-powered offenses, and this game lives up to that hype with one of the highest totals for the night. Before tip-off, check out the odds and prediction for the matchup below for insight into this expected SEC barn burner.

Kentucky vs. LSU betting line: Point spread, moneyline, and total

Check out the live college basketball betting odds for the Wildcats vs. Tigers on the top sports betting apps: 

Kentucky betting news: Offense taking a step back despite recent wins

Outside of the team’s leading scorer, Antonio Reeves, the Wildcats have struggled to put up points as of late, which makes them increasingly vulnerable. Rob Dillingham is the team’s second-leading scorer, averaging 14.7 per contest, but in the last three games, he is only averaging nine points. Reed Sheppard is their third leading scorer, and he has scored single digits in two of their last four games, including two games with no made three pointers. 

And having the worst stretch of all is Tre Mitchell, their fourth-best scorer. In three consecutive games, he has scored five or less points, including a scoreless night against Tennessee earlier this month. His performance as of late could be linked to lingering injuries, which had him sidelined for the Wildcats’ last game and still has sidelined. 

Kentucky’s defense has helped it rebound, but it may not be enough on the road against an LSU team that has put up big numbers at home recently.

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LSU betting news: Jalen Cook’s availability up in the air

The Tigers are challenged offensively and that may be even moreso tonight. They had lost six of their last seven before their victory over South Carolina in a low scoring affair.

They were without their leading scorer Jalen Cook, who may be out again with a lower leg injury. Cook is the team’s leading scorer, putting up 15.6 points per game. He had scored 20 points in three of the last five games he played.

If he doesn’t play tonight, the Tigers will be hard pressed to keep pace with Kentucky, who is third in the nation in scoring, despite their current offensive challenges.

Cook is listed as questionable and will be a game time decision, which is the biggest thing to monitor ahead of tip off.

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Kentucky vs. LSU player props

Here are the latest Kentucky vs. LSU player props in key categories:

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Kentucky vs. LSU prediction ATS

Whether Cook plays or not will certainly impact the line tonight. However, The Tigers are solid at defending the 3-point line, which Kentucky is highly dependent on. Given their challenges on offense at the moment, we like the tigers to keep it close at home. 

Prediction: LSU


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