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How the public is betting Missouri vs. Tennessee

Will the Vols bounce back after a shocking blowout loss?

Tennessee Volunteers head coach Rick Barnes reacts during the second half against the Florida Gators at Billy Donovan Court at Exactech Arena. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

In a top-25 SEC matchup on Saturday night, the No. 19-ranked Missouri Tigers will be traveling to Knoxville to play the No. 6-ranked Tennessee Volunteers. The Vols are only 2.5 games out of first place in the SEC, while the Tigers are right behind them at three games.

The Tigers are coming into this primetime game on a two-game winning streak after losing to Mississippi State earlier this month. Missouri defeated the South Carolina Gamecocks 81-70 on Tuesday. The Tigers shot 58.3 percent from the field, while holding South Carolina to only 38.6 percent shooting from the field. In their last three games, Missouri is averaging 70.7 points and holding opponents to only 66.7 points.

The Volunteers saw their three-game winning come to an end on Tuesday as they fell 75-49 to the Florida Gators. Tennessee only had one player in double figures, which was John Fulkerson, who scored 15 points. They also shot a horrendous 29.3 percent from the field and 16.7 percent from three-point range.

So where are sports bettors going as we get closer to game time? Let’s take a look. All odds and info were provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.

Point Spread

Tennessee is favored by seven points heading into this SEC matchup. The Volunteers are receiving 51% of the bets and 63% of the handle.

Is the public right?

Before losing to the Gators, the Volunteers won their three previous games by an average of 13 points, which is impressive. Within those three games, Tennessee was 2-1 against the spread as they were favored by 18 and 10.5 points. The Tigers, however, are 3-2 ATS in their last five games and are 3-1 on the road. Looking at these stats, it’s no wonder why the bets splits are close between the two. But I think the Volunteers bounce back with a win.

Over/Under

The point total for this Saturday night contest is set at 130.5. As of now, 89% of the bets are siding with the over along with 87% of the handle.

Is the public right?

Yes, the public is undoubtedly right about this. This season, Volunteers are averaging 74.8 points per game. Now granted, they only scored 66 points in their last three games. But the last game’s point totals were skewed because of Tennessee only scoring 45 points.

Mizzou has been playing better defense as of late, allowing 66.7 points in their last three games. The last time these two teams played against each other, the point total was only 126. I have to believe that Missouri can at least put up 60-65 points to make this a contest and for the over to hit.

Moneyline

The Vols have moneyline odds of -315, while the Tigers odds are coming in at +255. Out of all the moneyline bets placed, Tennessee is seeing 93% of the bets and 93% of the handle.

Is the public right?

Yes, the public is right! When these two teams played earlier this month, Tennessee blew out Missouri by 20 points. I don’t think the margin will be that large, but the Vols should be able to pull off the season sweep. They will be out to prove that their loss to Florida was a fluke and not a reoccurring theme.

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