Kentucky vs LSU Prediction: Picks, Live Odds & Moneyline – Tuesday, January 3, 2023

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The LSU Tigers (12-1, 1-0 SEC) will try to extend a seven-game winning stretch when visiting the Kentucky Wildcats (9-4, 0-1 SEC) at 8:00 PM ET on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at Rupp Arena.

Kentucky is a double-digit 10.5-point favorite against LSU when the Wildcats square off with the Tigers on Tuesday. The over/under is 137.5 points for the matchup.

Kentucky vs. LSU Odds

Point Spread for Kentucky vs. LSU

The spread for this matchup is set at 10.5 points, with bookmakers listing Kentucky as the favorite.

Kentucky vs. LSU Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Kentucky has -573 odds to pick up the win, while LSU is listed at +413 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the total for the game is set at 137.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Tuesday, January 3, 2023
  • Game Time: 8:00 PM ET
  • Location: Lexington, Kentucky
  • Arena: Rupp Arena

Kentucky vs. LSU Betting Trends

Against the spread, Kentucky is 4-9-0 this year. The Wildcats have won in six of the eight contests they have been named as odds-on favorites in this year. Kentucky has gone over the point total in 53.8% of its opportunities this year (seven times over 13 games with a set point total).

LSU has played 13 games, with five wins, against the spread. The Tigers have been the underdog on the moneyline three total times this season. They’ve gone 2-1 in those games. LSU’s games this year have hit the over 30.8% of the time (four out of 13 games with a set point total).

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Kentucky vs. LSU Key Players to Watch

Kentucky

Oscar Tshiebwe is tops on his team in both points (16.5) and rebounds (13.6) per game, and also averages 1.5 assists. Defensively, he averages 1.7 steals and 1.3 blocked shots. Cason Wallace posts 12.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. Defensively, he averages 2.5 steals and 0.3 blocked shots. Jacob Toppin puts up 10.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists per contest, shooting 42.6% from the floor. Sahvir Wheeler is tops on the Wildcats at 6.7 assists per game, while also posting 2.3 rebounds and 8.9 points. He is eighth in the country in assists.

LSU

K.J. Williams is putting up team highs in points (18.5 per game) and rebounds (8). And he is producing 1 assists, making 55.2% of his shots from the floor and 49% from 3-point range, with 1.9 triples per game. Derek Fountain is posting 7.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 0.8 assists per contest, making 66.7% of his shots from the field. Justice Hill is posting a team-leading 3.9 assists per contest. And he is delivering 8.2 points and 1.9 rebounds, making 32.5% of his shots from the field and 28.6% from 3-point range, with 1.1 triples per game. The Tigers get 13 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game from Adam Miller.

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What you need to know about the Kentucky Wildcats

Kentucky and its opponents combined to go over the point total 10 out of 20 times last season in conference action. On offense, the Wildcats are scoring 79 points per game (46th-ranked in college basketball). They are allowing 66.2 points per contest at the other end of the court (113th-ranked). Kentucky is top-25 this season in rebounding, ranking 12th-best in college basketball with 37.8 boards per game. Meanwhile, it ranks 31st with 27.8 rebounds allowed per contest.

Kentucky ranks 15th-best in the country with a three-point shooting percentage of 39%. It ranks 116th in college basketball by making 8.1 three-pointers per contest. The Wildcats rank 103rd in the country with 6.5 treys allowed per game this season. Meanwhile, they rank 184th with a 32.9% shooting percentage allowed from beyond the arc.

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What you need to know about the LSU Tigers

LSU covered nine times in 20 conference matchups with a spread last year. With 72 points scored per game and 63.4 points conceded, the Tigers are 180th in the country offensively and 54th on defense. LSU collects 32.1 rebounds per game and concede 30.3 boards, ranking 206th and 143rd, respectively, in college basketball.

In 2022-23, LSU is 196th in college basketball in 3-point makes (7.4 per game) and 132nd in 3-point percentage (35%). Defensively, the Tigers are 77th in the nation in 3-pointers allowed per game at 6.2. They are 12th-best in 3-point percentage conceded at 27.6%.

Kentucky vs. LSU Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this game is Kentucky, and we expect that LSU will cover the spread (Kentucky -10.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 137.5 points.

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How to bet Kentucky vs. LSU

You can bet on Kentucky vs. LSU at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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WRITTEN BY

Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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