Saint Louis Billikens vs. Florida State Seminoles Betting Prediction 12/22/18

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The Saint Louis Billikens (8-3) will go head-to-head against the 11th-ranked Florida State Seminoles (10-1) at BB&T Center. The game begins at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 22, 2018.

Saint Louis Billikens vs. Florida State Seminoles ATS Odds

Both teams were triumphant in their last game. The Seminoles dismantled the Florida Gators 81-60, while the Billikens were victorious over the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks 75-65.

Saint Louis played a perfect game. They had a free throw rate of 0.352 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 30.6. Southeast Missouri State was 0.138 and 17.6, respectively, for those same stats. Meanwhile, Florida State’s free throw rate was their largest strength over Florida. The Seminoles had a rate of 0.500, while the Gators posted a mark of 0.259. Florida State’s PJ Savoy played well, finishing with 20 points. Javon Bess, meanwhile fueled Saint Louis with 18 points and five rebounds.

Bess has been superb as of late for Saint Louis, averaging 0 points over the last five games.

The battle on the backboards could prove decisive, pitting strength against strength. The Seminoles currently rank ninth in offensive rebounding percentage (38.6 percent), while Saint Louis ranks 38th in defensive rebounding percentage (76.1 percent). Ball protection could be troublesome for the Billikens. They rank 296th at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 21.5 percent), while the Seminoles force the 19th-most turnovers in the NCAA (opponents’ turnover percentage of 24.2 percent).

Saint Louis vs. Florida State Betting Pick

Pick: SU Winner – Florida State, ATS Winner – Florida State, O/U – Over

Betting Notes:

  • Saint Louis ranks 23rd in three pointers allowed per game (18.5) while Florida State ranks 147th (23.1).
  • The Billikens rank 30th in blocks per game (4.8) while the Seminoles rank 95th (3.3).
  • Florida State is 35th in the country with 10.6 assists allowed per game while Saint Louis is 48th with 11.3 assists allowed per game.
  • The Seminoles rank 13th in rebounds allowed per game (29.9) while the Billikens rank 97th (34.0).
  • Florida State averages 8.2 steals per game, which ranks 33rd in the country. Saint Louis ranks 100th in steals allowed per game (6.5).

Bettings Trends:

  • The Billikens’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 5.0, up from 4.8 for the season.
  • During their last five games, the Seminoles have scored an average of 82.8 points per game (2.0 above their season average) and allowed an average of 65.8 points per game (2.7 below their season average).