Florida Gators (9-7) vs Georgia Bulldogs (9-7)Date : 01/19/2019
Time : 12:00 pm EST
Location : Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Georgia
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Florida Gators vs Georgia Bulldogs
The struggling Florida Gators will travel to Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Georgia, to face yet another struggling team in the Georgia Bulldogs for an SEC Showdown on Saturday afternoon at 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Both teams enter this game losers of three of their last four games, overall, as Georgia fell to the Kentucky Wildcats at home in their last time out as their defense allowed the Kentucky Wildcats to shoot just 43% from the floor while connecting on just four 3-pointers. Nonetheless, the offense for Georgia, which has certainly been up and down lately, shot just 30% from the floor while making good on 4 of 27 3-point attempts as Nicholas Claxton along with Rayshaun Hammonds combined to go just 1-7 from long range for the Bulldogs while finishing the game with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
The Gators fell on the road to the Mississippi State Bulldogs in their last outing has the visitors certainly kept this game tight throughout. Nonetheless, Mississippi State was able to shoot a tad over 53% for the game while also getting 16 points from Lamar Peters in addition to collecting 22 points off the bench from Eric Holman in the victory.
Florida Gators's Latest Performance :
I must say that the Florida Gators did an exceptional job in limiting offensive opportunities for high scoring Mississippi State team in their last outing. Nonetheless, despite holding Mississippi State to just 71 points, the Bulldogs were still able to shoot over 50% both from the field as well as from three-point range on a very efficient offensive night as they ended the game with 49 total shots compared to 59 for the Florida Gators. On the other hand, the Gators shot 40% from the floor while, much like the Bulldogs, were able to connect on 10 3-pointers on the night.
As stated, Peters led the Bulldogs with 16 points on the night while leading scorer for Florida this season, KeyVaughn Allen, scored at least 17 points in each of his last three games as he ended this matchup with 17 points on 5-12 from the floor. In all, while Miami has certainly struggled on both ends of the floor during their four game skid, their average loss during this time was only five points.
With that being the case, look for Florida to lead with their defense in this contest versus the Georgia Bulldogs as the home team has also struggled on the offensive end recently, as well. However, the Georgia Bulldogs have been dominant at home on the offensive end as they have scored at least 80 points in five of their last seven games at Stegeman Coliseum. On the other hand, the Gators have given up just 61 points in their last two road games while their offense continue to be as dismal as ever in averaging just 63 points during this time.
Georgia Bulldogs's Latest Performance :
While Georgia may be allowing opponents to score less than 70 points on the season on 38% shooting from the floor, in their last four outings, the Bulldogs have certainly regressed as they have allowed an average of 80 points per game during this time. And while they allowed the Wildcats to post just 69 points in their last outing, Kentucky was also able to connect on 28 field goals for the night compared to allowing just 17 for the Bulldogs. Furthermore, while both teams were able to make good on just four 3-pointers each on the night, Georgia was horrible from long-range in obtaining four 3-pointers on a whopping 27 attempts.
Hammonds and Claxton were the only two double-digit scores for Georgia in this contest while Ashton Hagans paced Kentucky on the offensive end with 23 points on the night. Leading scorer on the season Tyler Herro, struggled in going 4-10 from the floor while ending with 12 points for Kentucky. It would also be important to note that the Bulldogs committed 14 turnovers on the night while being heavily outrebounded by Kentucky throughout the contest as well.
In all, the Georgia Bulldog simply need to play much better on both sides of the ball, moving forward, in which to erect themselves from a rough patch of play recently. Their defense may indeed find success versus a Florida Gators squad that shoots just 42% from the floor while averaging just 66 points per game during their current losing skid. On the other hand, while the Gators are allowing 61 points per game to opponents for the season, in their last four games, they have allowed an average of 70 points.
How Florida Gators & Georgia Bulldogs Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Florida is 8 – 8 ATS while the OU is 6 – 10
Georgia is 10 – 6 ATS while the OU is 7-9
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for both defenses to take center stage in this matchup as the Florida Gators will be looking to establish themselves on this end of the floor in which to prevent a potentially dangerous offense for Georgia from getting going in this matchup on Saturday. On the other hand, the Bulldogs will look to ramp things up on the offensive end, first and foremost, as they have been a noticeably better team at home in this area. Also, look for the Bulldogs to utilize their defense, which allows opponents less than 40% shooting on a nightly basis, to limit quality looks for a Florida team that is simply horrible on the offensive end lately as well as throughout the season.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Georgia Bulldogs
My reason for the pick :
I will back Georgia in this matchup as I happen to feel that they will play much better at home on Saturday in this contest versus a struggling Florida team. Of course, the Gators will certainly look to establish themselves on the defensive end, as stated. However, look for the Bulldogs to hit some big shots throughout the contest in which to control the pace of this game. Again, one should also expect Georgia to neutralize an already off and on offense for Florida in this contest while pulling away from the visitors at some point while picking up a convincing win.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
While the under has been the play for the majority of recent outings for both these teams, one only has to look at the defenses that will be taking the floor in this contest to conclude that the under is indeed the strong play. Once again, both these offenses have struggled lately and while Georgia may have the better offense, overall, they will indeed find their fair share of issues looking to score versus a Florida defense that will be looking to hunker down, even more, in which to provide their team a chance to pull out a close victory.
Betting trends for Florida Gators:
- The Gators are 4-2 against the spread in last 6 games
- The over is 3 – 1 in Gators last four games
Betting trends for Georgia Bulldogs:
- The Bulldogs are 1-3 against the spread in last 4 games
- The under is 6 – 2 in Bulldogs last eight games