The No. 13 Auburn Tigers (22-3, 9-3 SEC) and the Georgia Bulldogs (12-13, 2-10 SEC), who both like to play up-tempo, will clash at Stegeman Coliseum. The game starts at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, and will air on ESPN2.
Game Odds: Auburn opens as a 3.5 point road favorites, with a total of 150 at Draftkings NJ Sportsbook.
Auburn Tigers vs. Georgia Bulldogs Betting Prediction
The Tigers are hoping for a better outcome after their 85-73 loss to the Missouri Tigers in their last game. Missouri launched 13 three pointers, making seven of them (53.8 percent). Auburn, on the other hand, was just 1-17 (5.9 percent). Austin Wiley led Auburn in scoring with 22 points on 9-for-12 shooting.
In the Bulldogs’ previous game, they lost to the Texas A&M Aggies, 74-69. Texas A&M’s 14.7 turnover percentage was their biggest advantage over Georgia, who had a mark of 26.5. The Aggies’ mark was better than their season average of 18.6, while the Bulldogs’ was above their season average of 17.6. Georgia’s Rayshaun Hammonds had a good game, leading the team in scoring with 15 points on 6-for-9 shooting.
This will be the second game of the season between these two teams. In the first, Doughty recorded 17 points and six rebounds and the Tigers defeated the Bulldogs 82-60. The Tigers had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.605 vs. 0.430) and had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (37.1 vs. 28.2).
There should be plenty of transition offense in this battle that showcases a pair of the NCAA’s more up-tempo teams. Georgia ranks 37th in possessions per game (73.1) and Auburn is 60th (71.9). Furthermore, the Tigers’ 29th-ranked offense (offensive efficiency of 111.2) will try to take advantage of the Bulldogs’ 265th-ranked defense (defensive efficiency of 103.4).
Auburn Tigers at Georgia Bulldogs ATS Pick
Free Basketball Tip: ATS Winner – Auburn, O/U – Under
Auburn ranks third in rebounds per game (41.9) while Georgia ranks 210th in rebounds allowed per game (36.5).
The Tigers average 26.7 three pointers per game, which ranks 30th in the country. The Bulldogs rank 160th in three pointers allowed per game (21.9).
Auburn averages 5.2 blocks per game, which ranks 14th in the NCAA. Georgia ranks 122nd in blocks allowed per game (3.5).
The Bulldogs average 7.6 steals per game, which ranks 55th in the NCAA. The Tigers rank 134th in steals allowed per game (6.6).
Auburn averages 13.0 assists per game, which ranks 146th in the NCAA. Georgia ranks 165th in assists allowed per game (13.1).
The Tigers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 1.0, down from 8.8 for the season.
During their last five games, the Bulldogs have scored an average of 73.6 points per game (2.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 76.6 points per game (1.5 above their season average).