Furman Paladins at LSU Tigers Betting Prediction 12/21/18

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It will be a clash between two great offenses when the LSU Tigers (8-3) square off with the 24th-ranked Furman Paladins (12-0) at Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The game will air on SEC Network at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, December 21, 2018.

Furman Paladins vs. LSU Tigers ATS Odds

Both teams thoroughly outplayed their last opponent. The Tigers defeated the Southeastern Louisiana Lions 94-63, while the Paladins beat the Bob Jones University Bruins 102-48.

Furman dominated every facet of the game. They had a turnover percentage of 3.7 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 39.4. Bob Jones University was 29.2 and 17.2, respectively, for those same stats. The Tigers, on the other hand, had a much better turnover percentage (10.2 vs. 24.3) and had a much better free throw rate (0.364 vs. 0.222). Naz Reid had a solid game for LSU with 17 points and six rebounds. Furman, meanwhile, received a boost from Matt Rafferty, who finished with 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Rafferty has really been playing well recently for Furman, averaging 0 points over the last five games.

This battle pits one of the NCAA’s top offenses against one of its elite defenses. LSU ranks 48th in offensive efficiency and Furman ranks 30th in defensive efficiency. Also, the Paladins rank 50th in turnover percentage (16.7 percent), while the Tigers rank 55th in opponents’ turnover percentage (22.3 percent).

Furman Paladins vs. LSU Tigers Free Pick

Free College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Furman, ATS Winner – Furman, O/U – Over

Betting Notes:

  • LSU averages 9.7 steals per game, which ranks fifth in the nation. Furman ranks 131st in steals allowed per game (7.2).
  • The Paladins rank 15th in assists per game (18.2) while the Tigers rank 89th (14.5).
  • LSU averages 5.0 blocks per game, which ranks 28th in the country. Furman ranks 98th in blocks allowed per game (3.5).
  • The Paladins rank 11th in three pointers attempted per game (29.5) while the Tigers rank 133rd (22.5).
  • Furman ranks 32nd in rebounds per game (40.3) while LSU ranks 121st (36.5).

Bettings Trends:

  • The Paladins’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 21.2, up from 18.8 for the season.
  • During their last five games, the Tigers have scored an average of 83.4 points per game (2.2 above their season average) and allowed an average of 70.4 points per game (0.9 below their season average).