LSU at Florida odds, picks and prediction
The No. 12 LSU Tigers (14-1, 2-1 SEC) tussle with the Florida Gators (9-5, 0-2) in a Wednesday evening SEC contest in Gainesville, Fla. Tip-off at the O'Connell Center is slated for 7 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the LSU vs. Florida odds and lines and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.
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LSU rocketed up nine spots in the top-25 poll after defeating then-No. 13 Kentucky and then-No. 18 Tennessee last week. The Tigers held both foes under 40% from the field. For the season, Louisiana State has held opposing teams to 56.4 points per game this season (seventh NCAA-I).
The Gators have fallen off since starting the season 6-0. Florida is just 3-5 since. UF has shot a woeful 28.6% from 3-point range over that eight-game sideways spell. The Gators head into this game off back-to-back losses.
LSU at Florida odds, spread and lines
- Money line: LSU +130 (bet $100 to win $130) | Florida -160 (bet $160 to win $100)
- Against the spread (ATS): LSU +2.5 (-105) | Florida -2.5 (-120)
- Over/Under (O/U): 138.5 (O: -115 | U: -107)
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LSU at Florida odds, lines, picks and predictions
LSU 72, Florida 70
The Tigers are awfully tough on defense, and Florida is turnover-prone. LSU also figures to have an edge on the offensive glass.
Tigers senior G Xavier Pinson is out with a foot injury, and LSU will miss his passing and defense. But the road team has performed well in series games of recent vintage. LSU (+130) is a worthy call.
PASS. The best values in this contest can be found on the money line and total.
The Over is 6-0 in Florida's last six games against winning teams.
The UF defense has been on a general downturn of late. LSU will miss Pinson's 2.1 steals per game. Florida does well to frequently get to the free-throw stripe, and that has been an area of recent improvement for LSU.
TAKE THE OVER 138.5 (-115).
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