The 4th-ranked Auburn Tigers (25-3, 13-2 SEC) visit the 17th-ranked Tennessee Volunteers (20-7, 11-4) Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Auburn vs. Tennessee odds and lines, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.
The Tigers posted a 77-64 win over Mississippi Wednesday, bouncing back after a 63-62 loss at Florida last Saturday. While the Tigers have won three of the past four since a disappointing overtime loss at Arkansas Feb. 8, they’re still just 1-5 ATS across the past six outings.
The Volunteers roughed up Missouri Tuesday, picking up an 80-61 win as 10.5-point favorites as the Over cashed. Tennessee returns home looking to protect a perfect 14-0 record at TBA. Despite the fact the Vols have racked up plenty of wins at home, it is just 1-3 ATS across the past four in Knoxville.
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Auburn at Tennessee odds, spread and lines
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Money line: Auburn +133 (bet $100 to win $133) | Tennessee -165 (bet $165 to win $100)
Against the spread: Auburn +3.5 (-120) | Tennessee -3.5 (-105)
Over/Under (O/U): 139.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)
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Auburn at Tennessee odds, lines, picks and predictions
Tennessee 74, Auburn 69
TENNESSEE (-165) is a good play, although a little on the pricey side. Still, if you don’t want to fiddle around with the points, especially against the former No. 1 team Auburn (+133), it’s a good play.
Against the spread
Pick TENNESSEE -3.5 (-105) in this ranked SEC showdown. The Vols are perfect at home this season, and Auburn +3.5 (-120) has shown some fragility on the road lately. The Tigers lost at Florida last Saturday, 63-62, and at Arkansas before that in overtime Feb. 8. And on Feb. 5, Auburn barely scraped by an awful Georgia team. The Tigers have been tremendous at home but easily can be had on the road.
The OVER 139.5 (-110) is the lean here, although make a small-unit play only.
The Over is an impressive 16-4-1 in the past 21 games for Auburn against teams with a winning record, while going 5-1 in the past six outings as a road underdog. The Over is 12-3-1 in the past 16 games for Tennessee against winning teams, too. Based upon the trends, Over is the play here.
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