Georgia Bulldogs vs Tennessee Volunteers Prediction, Picks and Game Preview - 01/25/2023

by Rod Pearson

Game Time: 7:00 pm ET, Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Venue:  Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, TN 
Where to Watch:  SEC Network


Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Georgia +16.5, Tennessee -16.5; Over/Under:  135 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  Georgia +16.5, Tennessee -16.5; Over/Under:  135 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Georgia +16.5, Tennessee -16.5; Over/Under:  135 points

Season Record

Georgia Bulldogs:  13-6 (3-3) (7th place, SEC)
Tennessee Volunteers:  16-3 (6-1) (2nd place, SEC)

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Georgia Bulldogs:  2-3  last 5
Tennessee Volunteers:  4-1  last 5


Georgia Bulldogs vs Tennessee Volunteers Preview and Analysis


Georgia is coming into this game with a 13-6 record overall and they are 1-4 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. They are also 3-3 in their conference games this season as well. They are entering this game on a 2 game losing streak with losses coming against the Kentucky Wildcats and the Vanderbilt Commodores in their last game. Jabri Abdur-Rahim led the team in points in that game with 21 while Terry Roberts was next on the team with 15 points. Terry Roberts led the team in assists in that game with 6 while Braelen Bridges led the team in rebounds with 8. They were 44.1% from the field, 33.3% from 3-point range, and 75% from the free throw line with their shooting in that game. Their offense is averaging 71.1 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 66.1 PPG against them. Georgia has an ATS record of 10-9 this season and their O/U record is 10-9.


Tennessee is coming into this game with a 16-3 record overall and they are 8-1 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. They are also 6-1 in their conference schedule this season as well. They are entering this game on a 2 game winning streak with wins coming against the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the LSU Tigers in their last game. Josiah-Jordan James led the team in points in that game with 22 while Zakai Zeigler was next on the team with 12 points. Zakai Zeigler led the team in assists in that game with 10 while Josiah-Jordan James, Jonas Aidoo, and Tyreke Key each led the team in rebounds with 7. They were 44.6% from the field, 37.5% from 3-point range, and 87.5% from the free throw line with their shooting in that game. Their offense is averaging 74.3 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 54.4 PPG against them. Tennessee has an ATS record of 11-8 this season and their O/U record is 8-11.



Georgia vs Tennessee Prediction

The current betting odds have Georgia listed as a 16.5 point underdog in this game according to Draftkings Sportsbook. Georgia hasn't been having a great season as they are 13-6 overall but are only 1-4 in their road games and have really struggled against conference opponents too. They are 3-3 in their conference games and have lost 2 games in a row entering this one, but they haven't been getting blown out in a lot of their losses as they have actually kept their games closer. Tennessee enters this game as a ranked team with a 16-3 record overall and they have been great this season with their 8-1 home record and their 6-1 conference record. They have won 2 games in a row entering this one but they also haven't been blowing out many teams themselves and most of their conference wins this season have been by less than this spread. Georgia has been struggling in the conference but they don't have a terrible team and they are going to put up a fight in this game against one of the best teams in the SEC to try and keep this one close. The best way to place a bet here is on Georgia to cover the spread in this game.

Georgia Tennessee Prediction:  Our NCAAB Pick for Wednesday, January 25, 2023 (7:00 pm ET start time) is Tennessee 86 Georgia 74.
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NCAAB Betting Trends


Georgia Bulldogs: 5-14 ATS after allowing 85 points or more. 16-25 ATS after 1 or more consecutive losses. 14-4 UNDER off a home loss by 3 points or less.
Tennessee Volunteers: 20-13 ATS after one or more consecutive overs. 11-4 ATS off a road blowout win by 20 points or more. 63-36 UNDER after 2 straight wins by 10 points or more.

Key Injuries


Georgia Bulldogs:  None.
Tennessee Volunteers:  U. Plavsic (F) Ques Wed - Leg. D. Jefferson (G) out for season - Redshirt.

Notable Quotes


“We weren’t sharp enough defensively. We weren’t connected enough to beat a team of this caliber in this league that shoots it the way they did.” - Michael White after his team’s loss against Vanderbilt in their last game.


“I told these guys that we are a good basketball team right now but we need to get a lot better. We all have to get better. Coaches have to get better. Players have to get better. There is a lot of basketball left, and we cannot stay where we are now.” - Rick Barnes on his team up to this point in the season.


Starting Lineups


Georgia Bulldogs
B. Bridges 
M. McBride 
M. Moncrieffe 
K. Oquendo 
T. Roberts

Tennessee Volunteers
T. Key 
O. Nkamhoua 
J. Phillips 
U. Plavsic 
S. Vescovi

Statistical Leaders


Georgia Bulldogs
PPG: T. Roberts (15.9)
APG: T. Roberts (4.2)
Reb/G: M. Moncrieffe (5.3)

Tennessee Volunteers
PPG: S. Vescovi (12.5)
APG: Z. Zeigler (4.8)
Reb/G: J. Phillips (5.5)

Coaches:
Georgia Bulldogs: Michael White (1st season)
Tennessee Volunteers: Rick Barnes (8th season)


Rod Pearson

About the Author:

Rod Pearson has been a rabid sports fan his entire life.  He grew up in Ontario, and was skilled in both hockey and baseball, and pitched in an elite baseball league for many years.  In 2022, Rod decided to hang up his glove, so that he could write about the sports he loves -- but from a gambling perspective.  Join Rod every day as he breaks down the games to find the best betting value.

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