Missouri at Kentucky - 12/29/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Missouri at Kentucky - 12/29/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky Wildcats (9-2) vs Missouri Tigers (6-6)

Game Info: Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center)

Betting Odds: Kentucky Wildcats -19.5 -- Over/Under: 140.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Missouri Tigers will travel to play the Kentucky Wildcats in a SEC conference game at Rupp Arena on Wednesday night.

The Missouri Tigers are 6-6 this season and have lost two of their last three games. Missouri is coming off of a loss against Illinois by a score of 88-63 in their last game. Missouri played very poorly on the defensive end of the court, allowing Illinois to shoot 56.9% from the field and make 12 three pointers. Jarron Coleman led the Tigers with 16 points and 2 rebounds in the loss. Missouri is averaging 67.5 points per game and is giving up 69.7 points per game against, while also averaging 37.2 rebounds per game and 11 assists per game. Kobe Brown is averaging 14.8 points per game and 8.9 rebounds per game, while Amari Davis is averaging 10.4 points per game and 3 rebounds per game for the Tigers. Missouri is shooting 41.1% on field goals, 71.4% on free throws, and 24.7% on three pointers. 

The Kentucky Wildcats are 9-2 this season and are ranked #18 in the nation. Kentucky has won 9 of their last 10 games and is coming off of a win against Western Kentucky by a score of 95-60. The Kentucky offense played great in this game, scoring 58 points in the second half and shooting 55.9% on field goals in the game. Kellan Grady had 23 points and 3 rebounds in the win for the Wildcats. Kentucky is averaging 83.3 points per game and is giving up 62 points per game against, while also averaging 44.5 rebounds per game and 17.6 assists per game. Oscar Tshiebwe is averaging 16.1 points per game and 15.5 rebounds per game, while TyTy Washington Jr. is averaging 13.9 points per game and 3.6 assists per game for the Wildcats. Kentucky is shooting 49.5% on field goals, 73.7% on free throws, and 33.3% on three pointers. 

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Missouri is 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games. The over is 7-2-2 in Missouri’s last 11 road games. Kentucky is 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 Wednesday games and 8-17-1 ATS in their last 26 games. The home team is 10-1 ATS in these two teams last 11 head to head meetings. 

Kentucky is clearly the better team in this matchup and should have no issues getting the win at home. Missouri is coming off of a blow out loss where they played very poor defense. I expect Kentucky to absolutely roll in this game and cover without an issue. 

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David’s Pick Kentucky -19.5

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