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Santiago Vescovi & Volunteers favored against Tigers on January 22, 2022.

The Tennessee Volunteers (12-5 SU, 10-7 ATS) are 1-6 SU and ATS in their last seven games against the LSU Tigers (15-3 SU, 14-4 ATS). The Volunteers will try to snap a four-game losing streak against the Tigers and pay off as a Tigers vs Volunteers prediction at home this Saturday night.

LSU Tigers vs Tennessee Volunteers
  • Date/Time: January 22, 6:00 p.m. ET
  • Stadium: Thompson-Boling Arena
  • TV Coverage: ESPN
  • Opening Odds: Volunteers -3.5 | O/U 128.5 points (Line History)
  • Tigers vs Volunteers Betting Matchup Report

Tigers vs Volunteers Odds & Analysis

Opening Odds

The Volunteers opened as 3.5-point favorites and have been a popular enough Tigers vs Volunteers prediction by bettors to move the line up to Tennessee -5. The total has also seen significant movement up to 130.5 points after opening at 128.5 points. The UNDER is 9-3 in Tennessee’s last 12 games.

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LSU Has Fallen Short On Offense In Back-To-Back Losses

LSU suffered its second straight loss on Wednesday night, falling short in an attempted second-half rally in a 70-67 loss on the road to the Alabama Crimson Tide. Tari Eason had a fantastic game with 26 points and 10 rebounds and Brandon Murray added 19 points, but the rest of the team combined to go just 8-for-27 from the floor for 22 points. Despite losing the game outright, the Tigers did improve to 4-1 ATS over their last five games with the cover as 4.5-point underdogs.

Since opening the season with a 12-0 SU and 10-2 ATS record, LSU is 3-3 SU and 4-2 ATS over its last six games. The Tigers are averaging only 64.7 points per game over that six-game stretch. To make things worse, two of LSU’s top three scorers could be out on Saturday as Darius Days is questionable with an ankle injury and Xavier Pinson is doubtful with a knee injury that has kept him out of LSU’s last three games.

Tennessee Has Been Dominant As A Favorite

Tennessee picked up another win and cover as the betting favorite on Tuesday night, defeating the Vanderbilt Commodores 68-60 as 6.5-point home favorites. The Volunteers scored each of the game’s final eight points as Santiago Vescovi finished the night with 14 points and Uros Plavsic and Kennedy Chandler each scored 13 points. The team snapped a three-game road losing streak with the victory and improved to 3-3 SU and ATS over its last six games.

The Volunteers are now 0-4 SU and 1-3 ATS in four games as an underdog this season and 12-1 SU and 9-4 ATS in 13 games as a favorite. Bettors choosing Tennessee as their Tigers vs Volunteers prediction will be looking for a much better effort than the team had in its 79-67 loss to LSU on the road earlier this month.

Tigers vs Volunteers Pick & Insights

Tigers: Keys to Cover

With Pinson out and Days either out or playing on a sore ankle, LSU probably won’t be scoring 79 points again this Saturday. To cash in as a Tigers vs Volunteers prediction, LSU will need to lean heavily on its defense, which ranks sixth in the nation allowing 57.7 points per game.

Volunteers: Keys to Cover

Tennessee had a balanced scoring attack against Vanderbilt and should be looking to do the same against LSU. Winning as a Tigers vs Volunteers pick could also boil down to slowing down Tari Eason, who torched the Volunteers for 24 points and 12 rebounds in the last meeting between these two teams.

Odds Shark’s Computer Tigers vs Volunteers Prediction: Tigers +5.5

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  • LSU is 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games vs SEC
  • Tennessee is 9-4 SU in their last 13 home games vs LSU
  • The UNDER is 14-2 in LSU's last 16 games

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