Tennessee vs LSU Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Saturday, January 21, 2023

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The LSU Tigers (12-6, 1-5 SEC) will be trying to stop a five-game losing skid when hosting the Tennessee Volunteers (15-3, 5-1 SEC) on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at Pete Maravich Assembly Center. It airs at 4:00 PM ET.

Saturday’s game between the Volunteers and the Tigers sees the Volunteers as a double-digit favorite by 11.5 points. The over/under is 130.5 points for the matchup.

Tennessee vs. LSU Odds

Point Spread for Tennessee vs. LSU

The spread for this matchup is set at 11.5 points, with oddsmakers listing Tennessee as the favorite.

Tennessee vs. LSU Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Tennessee has -658 odds to pick up the win, while LSU is listed at +456 to claim victory.


Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 130.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Saturday, January 21, 2023
  • Game Time: 4:00 PM ET
  • Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Arena: Pete Maravich Assembly Center

Tennessee vs. LSU Betting Trends

In the Tennessee’s 18 games this year, it has 10 wins against the spread. The Volunteers have won in 11, or 84.6%, of the 13 contests they have been named as odds-on favorites in this year. Tennessee’s games this year have gone over the total in seven out of 18 opportunities (38.9%).

Against the spread, LSU is 6-12-0 this season. The Tigers have been the underdog on the moneyline eight total times this season. They’ve finished 2-6 in those games. LSU has eclipsed the over/under 33.3% of the time this year (six of 18 games with a set point total).

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Tennessee vs. LSU Key Players to Watch


Zakai Zeigler leads his squad in assists per contest (4.5), and also puts up 10.6 points and 3.2 rebounds. At the other end, he averages 2.2 steals and 0.2 blocked shots. Santiago Vescovi is tops on the Volunteers with 12.9 points per game and 3.2 assists, while also posting 4.1 rebounds. Julian Phillips paces his squad in rebounds per game (5.6), and also puts up 10.3 points and 1.6 assists. At the other end, he puts up 0.7 steals and 0.8 blocked shots. Olivier Nkamhoua averages 10.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game, shooting 58.6% from the field.


K.J. Williams is No. 1 on the Tigers in scoring (17.9 points per game) and rebounding (7.3), and posts 0.9 assists. He also delivers 1.4 steals and 0.9 blocked shots. The Tigers receive 7.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game from Derek Fountain. The Tigers receive 12.3 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game from Adam Miller. Trae Hannibal is averaging 6.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game, making 40.7% of his shots from the field.

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What you need to know about the Tennessee Volunteers

The Volunteers have a top-25 defense this season, ranking second-best in college basketball with 54.3 points allowed per game. On offense, they rank 137th with 74.1 points scored per contest. Tennessee ranks 11th-best in the country by averaging 37.1 rebounds per game. In terms of rebounds allowed, it ranks 41st in college basketball (28.2 allowed per contest).

Offensively the Volunteers have fared better at home this season, putting up 79.6 points per game, compared to 72.0 per game in road games. Tennessee is draining 8.0 threes per game (120th-ranked in college basketball) this season, while putting up a 33.9% three-point percentage (202nd-ranked). When it comes to defending three-pointers, everything is clicking for the Volunteers, who are allowing 4.9 treys per game (fifth-best in college basketball) and a 21.7% shooting percentage from downtown (best).

The Volunteers are 5-5 against the spread and 8-2 overall over their past 10 games. Tennessee has hit the over in four of its last 10 contests. Tennessee has seen a decrease in scoring recently, racking up 73.4 points per game in its last 10 contests, 0.7 points fewer than the 74.1 it has scored this year. Tennessee has been less stingy on the defensive side of the ball lately, allowing 56.5 points per game over its last 10 contests compared to the 54.3 points per game its opponents average in the 2022-23 season.

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What you need to know about the LSU Tigers

In 2022-23, the Tigers are 258th in the nation offensively (68.6 points scored per game) and 115th defensively (67.1 points allowed). With 31.3 rebounds per game and 31.9 rebounds allowed, LSU is 231st and 225th in the country, respectively.

LSU is 186th in the nation in 3-pointers made (7.4 per game) and 188th in 3-point percentage (34.1%). In 2022-23 the Tigers are 147th in the country in 3-pointers conceded (6.9 per game) and 17th-best in defensive 3-point percentage (29.0%).

The Tigers are 3-7 against the spread and 5-5 overall over their last 10 games. LSU has gone over the total in three of its last 10 outings. LSU is averaging 65.8 points per contest over its last 10 games, which is 2.8 fewer points than its average for the season (68.6). While the Tigers are giving up 67.1 points per game in 2022-23, they have been worse over their previous 10 games, allowing 71.6 points per contest.

Tennessee vs. LSU Prediction & Pick

Our prediction to win this contest is Tennessee, and we expect that Tennessee will cover the spread (Tennessee -11.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 130.5 points.

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How to bet Tennessee vs. LSU

You can bet on Tennessee vs. LSU at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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