NCAAB: Kentucky at Auburn Predictions – Saturday, Feb. 17

Auburn Tigers guard K.D. Johnson (0) reacts to a Johni Broome (4) block as Auburn Tigers take on Alabama Crimson Tide at Neville Arena in Auburn, Ala., on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024.
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Kentucky at Auburn Predictions – Saturday, Feb. 17

The Auburn Tigers (20-5) are set to host the Kentucky Wildcats (17-7) in a high-stakes SEC showdown. With both teams looking to solidify their NCAA tournament resumes, this matchup at Neville Arena promises to be a clash of titans. We have your Kentucky at Auburn predictions and game preview needs below.

Kentucky at Auburn Odds

  • Moneyline: Kentucky +285  / Auburn -350 (PointsBet)
  • Spread: Auburn -8
  • Total: 164.5 (PointsBet)

Game Info

  • Date: Saturday, Feb. 17
  • Time: 06:00 PM ET
  • Location: Neville Arena – Auburn, AL
  • TV: ESPN

Kentucky Wildcats Betting Trends

  • On the road, Kentucky Wildcats are 4 and 2 this season.
  • Against the spread this season, Kentucky Wildcats are 14 and 10.
  • Against the spread on the road, Kentucky Wildcats are 5 and 2.

Auburn Tigers Betting Trends

  • At home, Auburn Tigers are 13 and 0 this season.
  • Against the spread this season, Auburn Tigers are 16 and 9.
  • Against the spread at home, Auburn Tigers are 10 and 4.

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Kentucky at Auburn Predictions

The Auburn Tigers have demonstrated a formidable presence at home with an unblemished 13-0 record, and their overall performance suggests they can extend this streak. Auburn’s robust defense, ranked 4th in adjusted defensive efficiency, is likely to challenge Kentucky’s offense, which, despite its high scoring, has shown vulnerability on the road with a 4-2 record. The Tigers’ offensive depth, led by Johni Broome, and their ability to dominate inside the paint give them an edge, especially against a Kentucky team that has struggled with defensive rebounds and turnovers. Considering Auburn’s impressive home-court advantage and their momentum coming into this game, the moneyline bet on the Tigers is a strong choice.

While Kentucky’s offense is potent, their defensive lapses could be their downfall in this matchup. Auburn’s aggressive defense, which can force opponents into difficult shots, combined with their offensive efficiency, positions them well to capitalize on Kentucky’s weaknesses. Moreover, historical trends favor the home team in this matchup, and Auburn’s current form aligns with this pattern. The Tigers’ ability to perform under pressure and their success in recent games against high-caliber opponents make them the safer bet, reinforcing the decision to back Auburn on the moneyline.

The Pick: Auburn Tigers -350 (PointsBet)