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Women’s basketball odds: Virginia Tech at LSU picks and predictions

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The Virginia Tech Hokies (5-1) and LSU Tigers (7-1) meet Thursday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET (ESPN). Below, we analyze DraftKings Sportsbook’s lines around the Virginia Tech vs. LSU odds, and make our expert women’s college basketball picks, predictions and best bets.

The Hokies look to avenge a 79-72 loss to the Tigers in last season’s Final Four. Virginia Tech led 59-50 heading to the 4th quarter of that national semifinal, but LSU rallied behind G Alexis Morris (game-high 27 points) and F Angel Reese (24 points, 12 rebounds) as both players scored 10 points apiece in the final quarter.

Speaking of Reese, the “Bayou Barbie” is back after a 4-game absence due to an undisclosed reason. Coach Kim Mulkey has been very tight-lipped on the situation. Reese has averaged 17.0 points and 10.3 rebounds in 4 games. However, LSU will be without F Sa’Myah Smith, who suffered a season-ending injury (torn ACL, MCL and meniscus in her right knee).

Virginia Tech’s only blemish so far is an 80-76 setback against then- No. 3 Iowa in Charlotte back on Nov. 9. The Hokies enter on a 4-game win streak, although the past 2 victories over Tulane and Kansas were by 1 and 6 points, respectively.

LSU is coming off a 76-73 victory Saturday over Virginia at the Cayman Island Classic. The Tigers have won 7 straight since a stunning-opening 92-78 loss to Colorado on an neutral floor in Las Vegas. The Tigers have won 6 of those 7 outings by 23 or more points, but they figure to get a much bigger test against the Hokies.

Virginia Tech is No. 9 and LSU is No. 5 in the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll.

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Virginia Tech at LSU odds

Provided by DraftKings Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 1:51 p.m. ET.

  • Moneyline (ML): Virginia Tech +300 (bet $100 to win $300) | LSU -380 (bet $380 to win $100)
  • Against the spread (ATS): Virginia Tech +7.5 (-110) | LSU -7.5 (-110)
  • Over/Under (O/U): Off the board

Virginia Tech at LSU picks and predictions

Prediction

LSU 83, Virginia Tech 72

Moneyline

LSU (-380) is too expensive for my liking, well over my personal limit of -180 for a singular bet.

The Tigers could have some chemistry issues. It folds Reese back into the mix, and that’s a good thing as she is one of the best players in the nation. But I could see a slow start before the Tigers pick up the pace. LSU will certainly get going by the 2nd half … in front of its raucous crowd with Reese and Co. comfortable together again by game’s end.

PASS and look to the spread instead.

Against the spread

The play is LSU -7.5 (-110) on its home court in this marquee matchup between top-10 programs. Virginia Tech will go down to the bayou with revenge on its mind, and it has a tremendous player in its own right with C Elizabeth Kitley leading the way. Averaging 24.3 PPG and 11.5 RPG this season, Kitley will be a handful for the Tigers.

However, it’s all about the venue. The Maravich Assembly Center will be wild with an extra gear for the return of Reese.

LSU -7.5 (-110) puts this away in the 2nd half.

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Over/Under

While the O/U line is off the board as of this publishing, I would back an Over up to 151.

We saw Virginia Tech play a marquee matchup in Charlotte against Iowa earlier this season, and that total went Over by a few buckets. This Hokies team can score, especially on the interior.

For LSU, it gets a big chunk of scoring and swagger back with Reese. She is averaging a double-double per game, and that will help infuse more offense into an already high-octane attack for LSU.

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