No. 18 Alabama crimson tide (4-0) will travel to Portland to take on No. 15 Michigan State Spartans (3-1) Thursday, 10:30 pm ET (ESPN). Below we analyze the Tipico Sportsbook lines around Alabama versus Michigan oddsand make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.
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While Alabama won their first 4 games with a 27.25 average, Crimson Tide played the likes of Logwood, Liberty, South Alabama and Jacksonville State. As Alabama gets closer to its season and starts playing tougher opponents in the SEC, losses will come and Tide’s ability to bounce back will be tested. That tougher schedule starts Thursday against an already tough Michigan State team.
As usual, coach Tom Izzo forced the Spartans to play on the toughest schedule in the country. During the first month of the season, MSU has already hosted 3 games that many other teams would not have scheduled in their non-conference schedules. They lost to Gonzaga 64–63, beat Kentucky 86–79, and beat Villanova 73–71.
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Odds of Alabama vs. Michigan State
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- Money line (ML): Alabama -220 (bet $220 to win $100) | Michigan State +160 ($100 bet to win $160)
- Against spread (ATS): Alabama +-4.5 (-110) | Michigan State +4.5 (-110)
- Over/Under (O/U): 145.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)
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Alabama State vs Michigan State Elections and Predictions
Michigan State 73, Alabama 68
RATE MICHIGAN +160.
Games against Villanova, Kentucky and Gonzaga set the Spartans up for this matchup in Portland against Alabama. Wins over Villanova and Kentucky proved Michigan State’s ability to beat teams considered to have superior talent. Izzo prepares his children for all challenges. This is the reason why even at a lower seed they are always a dangerous tournament team. In this game, like +160 underdogs, I prefer the Spartans to win outright. No need for distribution. State of Michigan +160 my favorite play.
Against the spread
Since Michigan is likely to beat the favorite Alabama in this game, the spread is not the best way to bet on this game. At +160 ML, I’d rather put my money there than at +4.5 (-115) on Spartans.
BET UNDER 145.5 (-110).
In 2 games against Jacksonville State and the Liberty, Alabama scored 104 and 95 points. In 2 other games against South Alabama and Longwood, the Tide scored 65 and 75 points. Tide points can go up and down. In this game against Michigan State, the Spartans will control the pace and keep the game at the level they like. In the mid 60’s – early 70’s.
Both teams lead 2-2 in overseason. After this game both teams should be 2-3 down. Take Less than 145.5 (-110).
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