Lions vs. Tiger-Cats Match Preview & Betting Odds 2018/19

Spread: Tiger-Cats by 3 Over/Under: 52 Money line: Lions +123; Tiger-Cats -137

They say offence wins game and defence wins championships. Fans of the BC Lions are hoping that is true. But they also have to wonder if their team is going to be able to generate enough offence to win their semi-final matchup with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

They have been winning most of their games this season by playing great defence while generating enough offence to win. When they click on both sides of the ball, they look like a contender.

But the Hamilton defence is not going to take it easy on Lions pivot Travis Lulay (who hasn’t faced the Tiger-Cats this season). He isn’t one of the stronger passers in the CFL and Hamilton has one of the tougher pass defences (247.7 yards/game allowed; third).

While he may struggle to generate offence against Hamilton, Tiger-Cats pivot Jeremiah Masoli is not going to have it easy against the Lions D. While Hamilton ranks third against the pass, the Lions rank second (247.2 yards/game allowed). They are also first in the league in sacks (45) and interceptions (21).

Can BC lean on their defence to get past the Tiger-Cats?

If they had a better offence themselves or were playing a team that did not have a good defence, than the answer would probably be yes. But Masoli has handled the Lions defence in the past and should be able to do so again (even though he no longer has Brandon Banks to work with).

BC will stuff the Ticats run game but will not be able to slow down Masoli enough. Take the Ticats to win and cover the spread. Defence is going to be a significant factor in this game; take the under.