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The No. 4 Kentucky Wildcats travel to Columbia, Missouri, for an SEC battle with the Missouri Tigers. Kentucky looks to avoid falling into a trap after a huge home win against the then-No. 1 Tennessee Volunteers last Saturday night. 

The Wildcats have been hot lately. After dropping the season opener to the Duke Blue Devils by more than 30 points, Kentucky has now gone 21-3, with all three losses coming by a combined total of five points. Kentucky is listed as an 11.5-point favorite, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, and the Wildcats have gone 8-1-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last 10 games. 

Kentucky vs Missouri Expert Predictions

ESPN Basketball Power Index 

It's not the ESPN BPI's most confident projected winning probability on tonight's slate, as that comes from Vanderbilt vs Tennessee (96.9 percent), but Kentucky isn't far behind the Vols with an 87.3 percent win probability. 

Sports Chat Place

Sports Chat Place loves Kentucky to cover 11.5 points tonight, mainly because its defense is holding opponents to less than 40 percent shooting over the last five games. The Wildcats have also won these five contests by an average of 11.6 points. 

A Sea of Blue

The hometown website loves their boys tonight, but not by as much as you may think. A Sea of Blue feels like Kentucky could have somewhat of a hangover game, but ultimately, it won't be enough for Missouri to cover. 

It may not be pretty, according to A Sea of Blue, but the highlighted spread predictions are all backing Kentucky to cover an 11.5-point spread tonight. After all, Missouri is 4-8 ATS against SEC opponents, while Kentucky has gone 8-4 ATS in conference play. 

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