Alabama vs Houston Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for Dec. 10 (Cougars Defense Exploits Crimson Tide's Miscues)

Devon Platana
Alabama vs Houston prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
Alabama vs Houston prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photo/Emil Lippe
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Alabama vs Houston Game Info

2022-23 NCAA College Basketball Regular Season Game
No. 8 Alabama Crimson Tide (7-1, 1-0 Away) vs. No. 1 Houston Cougars (9-0, 6-0 Home)
Date: Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Venue: Fertitta Center — Houston, TX
Coverage: ABC

The 2022-23 NCAA college basketball season continues on Saturday, Dec. 10 with a showdown between SEC and AAC programs as the No. 8 Alabama Crimson Tide pay a visit to the No. 1 Houston Cougars.

Alabama last played exactly one week ago, picking up a one-sided 78-65 victory over South Dakota State. Meanwhile, Houston kept its undefeated record intact on Wednesday with a 76-42 blowout win against North Florida.

Can Alabama hand the Cougars their first loss of the season? Or will Houston continue its flirt with perfection thanks to another strong effort?

Alabama vs Houston Odds & Spread

All NCAA college basketball betting lines, odds and prop bets.
Moneyline: BAMA: (+280) | HOU: (-360)
Spread: BAMA: +8.5 (-120) | HOU: -8.5 (-102)
Total: 138.5 - Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

Houston enters this contest as the heavy favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 3 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 138.5 points, which is about average compared to Saturday's projected totals.

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Alabama vs Houston Prediction & Pick

Alabama's sole loss this season came against a Connecticut squad that forced the former to turn the ball over 21 times. Unfortunately, the Crimson Tide now must face another tough defense. Not only does Houston force 16.7 turnovers per game (No. 31), but it also allows a nation-low 47.3 points per game on 30.9% shooting (No. 1).

Adding on to their woes, the Crimson Tide are also just 2-7 against the spread (ATS) in their last nine road games, also going 0-5 ATS in their last five outings against the AAC. With the Cougars winning 10 straight home games and also covering the spread in four of their last five against SEC opponents, I'm leaning towards a Houston victory.

Final Score Prediction: Houston: 73 | Alabama: 64

Alabama vs Houston Betting Trends

- Alabama is 2-7 against the spread (ATS) in its last nine road games.
- Houston is 15-2 straight up in its last 17 home games on Saturday.
- The total has hit the over in four of Alabama's last five games.
- The total has hit the under in six of Houston's last seven games.

Alabama vs Houston Best Bet

As far as best bets go, I can see Houston covering the 8.5-point spread. After all, the Cougars are 7-2 ATS this season while covering the spread in four of five home games. On top of that, they also ranked No. 1 in the United States with a plus-27.6 scoring margin.

Meanwhile, Alabama has failed to cover in seven of its last nine road games and owns an even scoring margin in its last three outings. There just isn't much of a reason to believe that the Crimson Tide can keep things closer than expected.

Bet: Houston -8.5 (-102)


Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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