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Southern Conference Tournament: Furman vs. Chattanooga odds, picks and prediction

The No. 2-seed Furman Paladins (22-11) and No. 1 Chattanooga Mocs (26-7) clash in the Monday night title game of the Southern Conference Tournament in Asheville, N.C. The contest at Harrah’s Cherokee Center is slated to tip off at 7 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Furman vs. Chattanooga odds and lines, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.

Furman went 12-6 in SoCon play, and including two tourney wins, the Paladins have gone 5-1 over their last six games. Furman has clocked 12.0 3-pointers per game — on a percentage of 38.7% — over that six-game stretch. That distance shooting — for the season, the best in the conference — bolsters an offense that churns out 78.1 points per game despite the Paladins playing at a slow pace.

The Mocs won the SoCon regular-season crown, going 14-4. Chattanooga twice defeated the Paladins, once by 2 points (Jan. 15) and once by 6 (Feb. 12). The league’s best defense has helped the Mocs go 13-3 over their last 16 games. But half of those contests have been decided by two possessions-or-less.

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Furman vs. Chattanooga odds, spread and lines

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  • Money line: Furman +100 (bet $100 to win $100) | Chattanooga -120 (bet $120 to win $100)
  • Against the spread (ATS): Furman +1.5 (-120) | Chattanooga -1.5 (-105)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 142.5 (O: -112 | U: -108)

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Furman vs. Chattanooga odds, lines, picks and predictions

Prediction

Furman 71, Chattanooga 70

Money line

Furman led both regular season games and is worthy of being a 1-point favorite in this contest. The Paladins’ substandard defense has been solid enough lately.

Dialed-in distance shooting will be a big key in this one. So will Furman’s improving-of-late ability to block shots and create turnovers.

TAKE FURMAN (+100).

Against the spread

Some bettors may want to consider an ATS play alongside the above. The additional action — FURMAN +1.5 (-120) — amounts to an insurance policy.

Over/Under

PASS on a well-made number.

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