Georgia vs Kentucky Expert Odds Prediction

Posted by Aaron . on February 8, 2016 in

This Tuesday, the Georgia Bulldogs (13-8) head to Rupp Arena to take on the Kentucky Wildcats (17-6) in SEC basketball conference play. The game tips off at 9:00pm Eastern time. Georgia comes in on the strength of a 65-55 win over Auburn, and Kentucky comes in having finally righted their collective ship, wiping the floor at home with the Florida Gators, 80-61. Let’s take a closer look at this matchup and see how this two pair up in our online sportsbook’s own NCAAB betting page.

How To Bet The Georgia vs Kentucky NCAAB Odds Game and TV Info

When: Tuesday, February 9, 9 PM EST
Where: Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky
TV: ESPN
Radio: Kentucky Sports Network
Stream Option: WatchESPN

Why should you pick the Bulldogs?

Georgia has had a difficult time sustaining offense through 40 minutes this season, which is why their record in SEC play is only 6-4. However, against Auburn, that didn’t matter, as the Tigers missed 18 straight shots, allowing Georgia to build a lead anyway in the second half. The Bulldogs have won four of their last six, riding the strong inside play of big man Yante Maten, who put up 12 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and swatted five shots for the Bulldogs. With that gritty inside play, Georgia could take advantage if Kentucky goes into another funk during their game. The Wildcats allowed Tennessee to erode a 21-point lead, for example — and Georgia is significantly better than Tennessee this season. So Kentucky needs to make a point of staying on point for 40 minutes, rather than allowing Georgia to dictate the narrative in the second half.

Why should you bet on Kentucky?

When Kentucky is playing well, there are few teams in the nation that can keep up with them. Florida came in with some impressive wins on their resume, including a home win over West Virginia. However, Jamal Murray, one of John Calipari’s talented freshmen at Kentucky, dropped a career high 35 points on the Gators. Tyler Ulis added 18 points and dished out 11 assists, and the Wildcats ended a most rare two-game losing streak and went to 15-0 on their home floor. Murray drained eight three-pointers — and the Wildcats made a dozen as a team. In a loss to Tennessee last week, Kentucky had been up by 21 but then let the lead evaporate. They are a team that gets off to fast starts and then has a difficult time holding the lead; whether it’s a matter of focus or execution, it is a problem that the team will need to solve. Against Florida, they seemed to have more than taken care of the issue.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

Kentucky has a history of peaking late and then making a deep run into the tournament. So don’t get fooled by those twin losses. The Wildcats’ dominant home win over Florida was the statement that the team has been waiting for. I look for Kentucky to win easily over the Bulldogs. I’m picking Kentucky, 82-67.