Kentucky vs. LSU prediction, odds: 2022 college basketball picks, Jan. 4 best bets from proven model

The 16th-ranked LSU Tigers (12-1) host the 18th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats (11-2) in an SEC showdown on Tuesday night. The Tigers won 12 straight games before picking up their first loss in their last matchup, a 70-55 setback at Auburn. Kentucky, meanwhile is currently on a four-game winning streak, defeating High Point 92-48 on New Year’s Eve. 

Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET from Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge. The Tigers are favored by two points in the latest Kentucky vs. LSU odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under is 144.5. Before locking in any LSU vs. Kentucky picks, be sure to check out the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past five-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of almost $2,200 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Kentucky vs. LSU and revealed its coveted picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see all of the model’s college basketball picks. Here are several college basketball odds and betting lines for LSU vs. Kentucky:

Kentucky vs. LSU spread: LSU -2Kentucky vs. LSU over-under: 144.5 pointsKentucky vs. LSU money line: LSU -130, Kentucky +110UK: Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last four games overallLSU: Tigers are 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 home games

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Why LSU can cover

Sophomore forward Tari Eason is first on the team in scoring (15.8) and second in rebounds (7.4), while shooting a team-high 53 percent from the field.  Eason has recorded three double-doubles and scored at least 20 points in four games thus far. The California native had an amazing outing in the win over McNeese, finishing with 19 points, 14 boards with three blocks.

Senior forward Darius Days is second on the squad with 14.7 points per game. He is also one of the best rebounders in the SEC. Days is fifth in the conference in rebounds per game (8), and he’s grabbed at least 10 boards in four games thus far this season. Days had a great game in the win over Louisiana Tech, stuffing the stat sheet with 13 points, 18 rebounds, and three steals. 

Why Kentucky can cover

The Wildcats have been one of the best offensive teams in the SEC. Kentucky is ranked first in scoring (83.9), rebounds (44.9), and field goal percentage (.497). Junior forward Oscar Tshiebwe is a big reason for Kentucky’s success. He is first in the conference in rebounds (15.2), fourth in blocks (1.5), and third in field-goal percentage (.629).

Tshiebwe is also logging a team-best 15.8 points per game. Freshman guard TyTy Washington Jr. is another solid contributor for the Wildcats. The Arizona native is second on the team in points (14), assists (3.9), and 3-point percentage (.413). Washington Jr. put up a near double-double in the win over High Point University, finishing with 15 points and nine assists. 

How to make LSU vs. Kentucky picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total. It has also generated an against-the-spread pick that hits in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only see the model’s picks at SportsLine.

So who wins Kentucky vs. LSU? And which side of the spread hits well over 50 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its college basketball picks, and find out.


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