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The No. 12-seed New Mexico State Aggies square off with the No. 5-seed Auburn Tigers on Friday in the first round of the ​NCAA Tournament. Both teams enter this contest on a tear, with the Tigers riding an eight-game winning streak, and the Aggies winning 19 consecutive games.

The Tigers are ​6-point favorites, according to ​FanDuel Sportsbook, but if you're thinking of placing a wager on this ​first-round matchup, you might want to check out what some experts are saying first.

Auburn vs New Mexico State Predictions

Picks And Parlays

The team at Picks And Parlays is rolling with Auburn to win straight up, but is taking New Mexico State to cover the spread with a final score of 74-69. The Picks And Parlays staff likes New Mexico State's defense to keep this game close, as the Aggies only surrender 64.8 points per game (PPG) on the season.

Doc's Sports

Similarly, the experts at Doc's Sports like New Mexico State to cover the spread in this one, but we should note that they're taking the Aggies plus 7.5 points. They also highlighted New Mexico State's defense, which holds opponents to 33.1 percent from 3-point range.

Sports Chat Place

Sports Chat Place is going with Auburn to cover the point spread, saying the Aggies haven't faced an opponent as dangerous as the Tigers this season.

Overall, all three experts like Auburn to win, but two of the three expect the Aggies to cover the spread. 

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