Houston vs. LSU Pick
Will LSU pull off a minor upset at home when the Tigers play host to Houston tonight at 9PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Houston is favored on the road in this game, as the Cougars are getting odds of -2.5 points against LSU. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 156.5 points. Tonight’s game takes place from Peter Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and will air live on the SEC Network.
Houston rides into LSU on a 7-game win streak following a 77-58 win at Saint Louis this past weekend. The Cougars are now 8-1 on the season and 4-2 against the spread. Houston has covered in its last four lined games, including their last two away from home. The Cougars are averaging 81.7 points per game on offense this year while allowing just 65.4 per contest. Rob Gray is leading the offense with 21.6 points and 3.5 assists per game while Devin Davis is adding 13.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest.
LSU is coming off a 97-84 win over UNC-Wilmington this past weekend to improve to 5-2 on the season. The Tigers have covered the spread in their last two games as well. They are 4-2 against the spread this season. LSU is averaging 85.6 points per game on offense while allowing 78.6 per game on defense. Tremont Waters is leading the team with 18.3 points and 6.6 assists per game. Duop Reath is adding 14.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per contest. Brandon Sampson was putting up 10 points per game, but he is out with an ankle injury.
LSU has won and covered in three of the last four meetings in this series. However, LSU is just 7-18-1 against the spread in their last 26 games following a win. They also are 4-13-1 ATS in their last 18 following a cover. The Tigers don’t seem to have the same defensive capability that Houston has. The Cougars will be able to keep this game more to their pace. The public betting is slightly with Houston and I agree with them.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: HOUSTON -2.5