The Fighting Illini and Tigers are set to face off at 9:00 ET on FS1. The Tigers will host the game at Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO. The Fighting Illini come into this non-conference matchup as the betting favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 150 points.
ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI VS MISSOURI TIGERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Missouri Tigers +6.5
This game will be played at Enterprise Center at 9:00 ET on Friday, December 22nd.
WHY BET THE MISSOURI TIGERS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 73-70 in favor of the Tigers.
- Not only will Missouri pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +6.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 150 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.
Can Illinois Pull Off a Road Win?
Illinois has played 10 games and currently has an overall record of 8-2. So far this season, they have played two road games and have a record of 1-1. At home, they have a record of 5-1. As Illinois enters today’s game, their ATS record stands at 3-4-1. However, over their previous five games, they have gone 3-0-2 vs. the spread.
Illinois comes in with an over/under record of 3-5-0 through 10 games, with their games averaging a combined 139.8 points per game so far. The Fighting Illini have an over/under record of 2-1 in their last three games, with their games averaging 160 points per game.
Illinois’ offense had a good outing, putting up 79 points against Tennessee. They achieved a 35.4% field goal percentage and went 24/28 from the free-throw line. Leading the team in scoring was Quincy Guerrier with 22 points. Terrence Shannon Jr. also added 22 points for the Fighting Illini.
In the current season, the Illinois defense has excelled, sitting 20th in the nation by allowing 61.8 points per game. In their previous game vs. Tennessee, the Volunteers finished with a field goal percentage of 45% and a total of 86 points vs. Illinois.
Will the Tigers Come Through as Home Underdogs?
Heading into their 12th game of the year, Missouri has a 7-4 record on the season. When playing away from home, the Tigers are 2-1, while they have a 4-2 record when playing at home. As Missouri enters today’s game, their ATS record stands at 3-6. In their last ten games this season, Missouri has gone 3-2 vs. the spread.
Through 11 games, Missouri has an over/under record of 2-7-0 with their games averaging a combined 140.8 points per game so far. Over the course of the last five games, the Tigers’ games have averaged 150 points per game, along with an over/under record of 3-2.
Missouri offense recently wrapped up a game with a total of 64 points against Kansas. In that game, they made 7/21 three-point attempts and achieved a field goal percentage of 41.4%. In terms of three-point shooting, the Tigers offense has been good from outside, hitting 36% of their three-pointers on an average of 26.5 attempts per game. Their overall field goal percentage is currently 45%.
The Tigers’ defense is presently ranked 133rd nationally, allowing an average of 69.8 points per contest. In their previous game vs. Kansas, the Jayhawks finished with a field goal percentage of 44% and a total of 73 points vs. Missouri.