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Kentucky vs. Missouri prediction, odds: 2021 college basketball picks, Dec. 29 best bets from proven model

The 18th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats look to continue their series dominance when they take on the Missouri Tigers in the Southeastern Conference opener on Wednesday night. The Wildcats (9-2), who have won nine of 10, are 7-0 all-time against the Tigers in Lexington, Ky. The Tigers (6-6), who have dropped five of eight, are coming off an 88-63 defeat at Illinois on Dec. 22. Missouri is 3-6 in conference openers since joining the SEC.

Tipoff from the Rupp Arena is set for 7 p.m. ET. Kentucky leads the all-time series 13-2. The Wildcats are 19.5-point favorites in the latest Missouri vs. Kentucky odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 140.5. Before making any Kentucky vs. Missouri picks, check out the college basketball predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past five-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of almost $2,200 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Kentucky vs. Missouri and revealed its coveted picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s college basketball picks. Here are several college basketball odds and betting lines for Missouri vs. Kentucky:

  • Missouri vs. Kentucky spread: Kentucky -19.5
  • Missouri vs. Kentucky over-under: 140.5 points
  • MIZZOU: The Over is 3-0-1 in the Tigers’ last four Wednesday games
  • UK: The Wildcats are 8-17-1 against the spread in their last 26 games overall

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Why Kentucky can cover

The Wildcats are led by Oscar Tshiebwe. The junior forward leads the nation in rebounds per game (15.5) and set a Rupp Arena record with 28 rebounds in last week’s 95-60 win over Western Kentucky. Tshiebwe has double-figure rebounds in all but one game this season. He also has a team-best 16.1 scoring average and has registered nine double-doubles.

Freshman guard TyTy Washington Jr. is off to a fast start to his career. He is a two-time SEC Freshman of the Week and is averaging 13.9 points and 3.6 assists per game with three 20-point outings. He has scored in double figures in eight games and has 20 assists over the last three. He is connecting on 49.2 percent of his shots from the floor.

Why Missouri can cover

The Tigers enter the game with six players averaging eight points per game or better, led by junior forward Kobe Brown, who is averaging 14.8 points per contest. Brown had a career-high 27 points in an 83-75 win over Utah on Dec. 18, and is tied for second in the SEC with four 20-plus point games this year. Brown recorded three consecutive double-doubles from Nov. 29 to Dec. 7, making him the first Missouri player to do so since Demarre Carroll in 2009. Brown is the third-leading rebounder in the conference, averaging 8.9 per game, and also ranks third in field goal percentage (52.9) and ninth in scoring.

Junior transfer guard Amari Davis has reached double figures in seven of the last nine games, including a season-high 17 points twice. Davis eclipsed 1,000 career points against Florida State on Nov. 22 and is now sitting at 1,080 for his career. He ranks 34th in Division 1 with a 15.4 career scoring average. Davis was a second-team All-Horizon League player in 2020-21 after leading Green Bay in scoring (17.1), steals (32) and minutes (34.6).

How to make Missouri vs. Kentucky picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 141 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only see the model’s picks at SportsLine.

So who wins Kentucky vs. Missouri? And which side of the spread hits well over 50 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its college basketball picks, and find out.

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