The No. 16 LSU Tigers (15-3, 3-3 SEC) pay a visit to Knoxville, Tenn., for a ranked-ranked showdown against the No. 25 Tennessee Volunteers (12-5, 3-3) Saturday. The battle at Thompson-Boling Arena is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the LSU vs. Tennessee odds and lines and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.
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Louisiana State has suffered back-to-back losses to Arkansas (65-58) last Saturday and at Alabama (70-67) Wednesday. The Tigers have experienced some shooting woes of late much like their hosts. LSU has shot just 41.2% from the floor over its last six games.
Tennessee is back at home after road games at Kentucky (107-79 loss) and Vanderbilt (68-60 win). UT owns the fourth-best defense in the SEC with 63.4 points allowed per game, even after being torched by the Wildcats last Saturday. However, the Volunteers have struggled offensively of late. UT has shot just 40.3% from the field over its last five games.
LSU at Tennessee odds, spread and lines
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Money line: LSU +210 (bet $100 to win $210) | Tennessee -270 (bet $270 to win $100)
Against the spread (ATS): LSU +5.5 (-107) | Tennessee -5.5 (-115)
Over/Under (O/U): 131.5 (O: -115 | U: -107)
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LSU at Tennessee odds, lines, picks and predictions
Tennessee 70, LSU 64
LSU injuries have this game leaning way more toward UT than it would have been a couple of weeks ago. Tennessee is likely more of a two-thirds-plus proposition now. So, the tag here is certainly not worth a go: -250 figures UT as a 71.4% win probability. STEER CLEAR.
Against the spread
The Volunteers are 5-1 ATS in their last six games as favorites. The home side is 7-1 ATS in the last eight LSU-UT meetings.
Figure Tennessee as winning the all-important battles in turnovers and on the boards. TENNESSEE -5.5 (-110) is a slight lean in a game with less perimeter influence.
Should this total drop a bit, look to take advantage. Look to bet the Over at 130.5 or lower, PASS until that point.
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