Jackson State vs Alabama Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for Dec. 20 (Crimson Tide Pull Away in Second Half)

Larry Rupp
Jackson State vs Alabama prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
Jackson State vs Alabama prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photos/Vasha Hunt
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Jackson State vs Alabama Game Info

2022-23 NCAA College Basketball Regular Season Game
Jackson State Tigers (1-10, 1-8 Away) vs. No. 9 Alabama Crimson Tide (9-2, 5-0 Home)
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Coleman Coliseum — Tuscaloosa, AL
Coverage: SEC Network

The 2022-23 college basketball season continues on Tuesday with a thrilling matchup between the Jackson State Tigers and No. 9 Alabama Crimson Tide. The Tigers enter on a four-game losing streak that includes a 102-52 loss to Texas Tech on Saturday. They shot an unreliable 36.7% from the floor.

Meanwhile, Alabama is in search of a bounce-back win after falling short in a 100-90 loss to Gonzaga on Saturday. The Crimson Tide excelled on offense as Brandon Miller dropped 38 points and the team shot 51.7% from the floor. A lack of contested shots on defense and 21 turnovers didn't help, though.

Jackson State vs Alabama Odds & Spread

All NCAA college basketball betting lines, odds and prop bets.
Moneyline: JACK: (+2800) | BAMA: (-10000)
Spread: JACK: +30.5 (-105) | BAMA: -30.5 (-115)
Total: 156.5 —Over: (-108) | Under: (-112)

Alabama enters this contest as heavy home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 7 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 156.5 points, which is above average compared to Tuesday's projected totals.

Jackson State vs Alabama Prediction & Pick

Alabama is in need of a tune up game and draws a perfect matchup. Jackson State ranks outside the top 250 teams in the country when it comes to points per game (66.0), turnovers per game (17.9) and defensive efficiency. The Tigers are not improving in any aspect of the sport and own a 1-10 record.

The Crimson Tide let sloppy play kill them on Saturday, which is something that needs to be cleaned up before March arrives. Nevertheless, Alabama is shooting 45.6% at home this season and putting up a whopping 88.6 points per game at Coleman Coliseum. This one has blowout written all over it.

Jackson State is 0-10 straight up in its last 10 games against an SEC opponent, so fade the Tigers.

Final Score Prediction: Jackson State: 64 | Alabama: 91

Jackson State vs Alabama Betting Trends

- Jackson State is 8-2 against the spread (ATS) in its last 10 games in December.
- The total has hit the under in four of Jackson State's last five Tuesday road games.
- Alabama is 10-0 straight up in its last 10 games against a SWAC opponent.
- The total has hit the over in six of Alabama's last eight games.

Jackson State vs Alabama Best Bet

Covering a 30-point spread in college basketball is no easy task. It means likely relying on bench players to hold a lead in the second half and on the defense to not take its foot off the pedal. This is an Alabama team that shines in the second half of games, making that spread the one to target here.

Alabama has won a game by more than 20 three times this season and won the second half by at least 13 points in each game. The Crimson Tide also average a reliable 43.7 second half points per game, which is the seventh-best mark in the nation. Trust them to get hot down the stretch Tuesday.

Bet: Alabama Crimson Tide Second Half -12.5 (-106)

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