Missouri at Kansas odds, picks and predictions

Missouri at Kansas odds, picks and predictions

The Missouri Tigers (7-2) and Kansas Jayhawks (8-1) tangle Saturday. Tipoff at Allen Fieldhouse will be at 5:15 p.m. ET (ESPN). Below, we analyze BetMGM Sportsbook’s lines around the Missouri vs. Kansas odds, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and best bets.

Missouri last played Sunday, struggling from the floor but defeating 7.5-point underdog Wichita State 82-72. The Tigers are not necessarily a high-percentage field goal team because they launch a lot of 3s (27.6 per game). But they slumped a bit (40% from the field, 33.3% from 3-point range) in winning their 4th straight game.

Kansas, which is No. 3 in the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll, played Tuesday, failing to cover a -26.5 in an 88-69 triumph over Kansas City. That win came on the heels beating then-No. 4 UConn Dec. 1. The Jayhawks are 4-0 since falling to current-No. 7 Marquette on Nov. 21.

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Missouri at Kansas odds

Provided by BetMGM Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at noon ET.

  • Moneyline: Missouri +700 (bet $100 to win $700) | Kansas -1100 (bet $1,100 to win $100)
  • Against the spread (ATS): Missouri +13.5 (-115) | Kansas -13.5 (-105)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 145.5 (O: -115 | U: -105)

Missouri at Kansas picks and predictions

Prediction

Kansas 77, Missouri 67

Moneyline

PASS. The leverage here is locked up tight between these tags.

Against the spread

The Jayhawks are a national brand and are sometimes overrated after high-scoring games. After their last 31 games scoring 80-plus points, they are 13-18 ATS.

Mizzou plays a slow-ish style, and KU’s last 2 ATS losses were against teams with such profiles. The Tigers’ 3-point frequency makes them a bit of a live wire on a decent night, and they have thus far shot a more-than-respectable 35.6% from the arc in road/neutral games.

The visiting 5 are not over-reliant on mid-range jumpers — the defense of which is a big Kansas strength. Mizzou does well to create turnovers and is a veteran bunch whose best 2 games of the season — from an analytics standpoint — are its most recent 2 games.

Now, this is also a group that lost to KU 95-67 at home last season. A gutsy performance gets them maybe to within 6-9 points in Saturday’s tilt at Allen Fieldhouse, but the Tigers are worth a partial-unit play.

BACK MISSOURI +13.5 (-105).

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Over/Under

No value on either side of this total. STEER CLEAR.

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