LSU vs Georgia Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/8/23

Georgia Bulldogs (16-15) vs LSU Tigers (13-18)

Game Info: Wednesday, March 8, 2023 at 9:30 pm (Bridgestone Arena)

Betting Odds: Georgia Bulldogs +1.5 -- Over/Under: 142 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The LSU Tigers and the Georgia Bulldogs will meet in Nashville to face off in the first round of the SEC Tournament at the Bridgestone Arena on SECN. LSU leads the all-time series, 65-48, after winning five of the last seven games. 

LSU closed at 13-18 after falling to Florida in Gainesville. The Tigers led at the break, but the Gators stormed back to hand them a 12-point loss, 79-67. LSU is scoring 67.1 points per game, while allowing 69.3 ppg, and shooting 41.4% from the floor.

LSU dropped the ball in conference play this season, and they’ll look to avenge a two-point loss to UGA here. Veteran forward KJ Williams scored 24 points or more in three of the final four games, and he leads the team in scoring (17.4) and rebounding (7.6). Former Illinois guard Adam Miller is the only LSU player in double figures at 11.8 ppg after chipping in 18 points in their lone 2023 win over Vanderbilt. Junior forward Derek Fountain double-doubled in the season finale versus Florida, and he’s averaging 8.0 ppg and 5.5 rpg. . 

Georgia finished at 16-15 after losing to South Carolina in Columbia. The Bulldogs led at the break, but the Gamecocks would recover to hand them a six-point loss, 61-55.  Georgia is scoring 70.1 points per game, while allowing 63.9 ppg, and shooting 41.7% from the floor.

Georgia dropped their last five games after failing to find much of an offensive identity this season. Former Bradley guard Terry Roberts led the team in scoring (13.3) and assists (4.1) in his first season in Athens. Junior guard Kario Oquendo led the team with 20 points in their home finale against Florida, and he’s second on the team at 12.3 ppg. played big with a team-high 21 points against UK to bring his season average to 12.5 ppg. Senior center Bradley Bridges has grabbed eight or more boards in four of the last five games, and he’s up to 8.5 ppg and 4.9 rpg.  

LSU is 9-21-1 against the spread this season, with a 14-16-1 over/under record. Georgia is 11-20 ATS this year, with a 16-15 o/u record.

Who would have thought the SEC Championship on the gridiron would turn out to be a lowly first round matchup in the gymnasium. The bottom of the SEC has been putrid this season, and these two schools have experienced better times, and it’s truly pick your poison here. The under will be in play with both teams failing to find consistency offensively, but between the two, I actually like LSU in this spot. A big game from KJ Williams might be all it takes, and he closed the season on a tear. Tread lightly, but take LSU’s line for this first round matchup

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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