Bet Clemson -3.5 vs. Auburn NCAA Basketball Picks

Jeff Grant

Thursday, December 19, 2013 2:14 PM GMT

Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 2:14 PM GMT

The Auburn Tigers lead the SEC in free throw percentage, but they’ll struggle to get to the line against the Clemson Tigers Thursday night. Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA basketball odds for this non-conference affair.

On the road

Clemson will play its second consecutive road game against an SEC opponent, as it dropped a 74-68 decision to the Arkansas Razorbacks as 6.5-point underdogs on Dec. 7.

The Tigers come off a dominating 71-35 victory over the Furman Paladins as 22-point home favorites last Saturday—their second-best scoring defense performance of the 35-second shot clock era.

Returning home

Auburn returns home after dropping a pair of games in straight up and against-the-spread fashion versus Illinois and Iowa State, with both of those affairs going OVER the betting total.

The Tigers are 2-10 SU and 8-4 ATS when listed by sportsbooks as underdogs of 6.5 to 9 points in their last 12 opportunities, with the UNDER going 6-4 in that situation.

Lock down defenders

College basketball handicappers will have an interest in backing the road favorites in their NCAA basketball picks, as Clemson leads the country in scoring defense and field goal percentage defense.

The Tigers are limiting opponents to 38.7 percent shooting from the floor inside the arc, which will present problems for the host in this matchup, as Auburn scores more than half of its points in the two-point area.

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Guard play

Auburn is led offensively by the play of guards Chris Denson and KT Harrell, who are combining to score 38.3 points per game—ranking as the second highest in the SEC for a pair of teammates.

It’s also important to point out that freshman point guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen is starting to up his scoring, as he’s averaging 11.5 points over his last four contests.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back Clemson in this affair, as Auburn is 0-3 SU and 0-2-1 ATS versus teams with a winning record this season.

College Basketball Pick: Clemson Tigers -5.5

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