Kentucky vs. Auburn Prediction
A clash of top-25 teams from the SEC will take place at Auburn Arena when the No. 2 Tigers host the No. 12 Kentucky Wildcats at 1:00 p.m. ET. Are the 15-3 Wildcats the best play as a 3.5-point road underdog?
631 Kentucky Wildcats (+3.5) at 632 Auburn Tigers (-3.5); o/u 149
1:00 p.m. ET, Auburn Arena, Auburn, AL
Kentucky Wildcats DFS Snapshot
Sahvir Wheeler (neck) ended with 21 points (8-10 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT), two rebounds, eight assists and two steals across 28 minutes during Saturday's 107-79 win over Tennessee. Wheeler suffered a neck injury back on Jan. 4 that limited him to four minutes in a loss to LSU and forced him to miss the next two contests. The Georgia transfer was back in action nine days later and was pivotal in dishing out a lopsided defeat against a ranked Volunteers squad. In fact, it was his second best scoring effort of the season. Wheeler isn't asked to do as much here as he did with the Bulldogs, and his shooting percentage has jumped nearly seven points to 46.7 percent as a result. Outside shooting has still been a struggle, however, as he's made just two three-pointers since Nov. 16 and is shooting a career-low 20 percent from distance. Nonetheless, Wheeler has excelled in his primary role as a facilitator, dishing out 7.3 assists per contest, good for third in the nation.
Auburn Tigers DFS Snapshot
K.D. Johnson totaled 14 points (4-8 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 3-4 FT), three rebounds, two assists and three steals across 26 minutes during Saturday's 80-71 win over Ole Miss. Johnson aided the Tigers' offensive attack by dropping at least 13 points for a third straight matchup. Since recording just two points against South Carolina on Jan. 4, the sophomore is averaging 16.7 points across 48.5 percent overall shooting.
College Basketball Betting Prediction
The Wildcats are just 1-5 against the spread in their last six road games, are 1-7 against the number in their last eight road games versus a team with a home winning percentage of greater than .600 and are 2-7 ATS in their last nine road games versus a team with a winning home record. On the other side, the Tigers are 12-2 against the spread in their last 14 home games, are 20-6-1 against the number in their last 27 games following a win and are 23-9-1 at the betting window in their last 33 games overall.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL BETTING PREDICTION: AUBURN TIGERS -3.5