The Alabama Crimson Tide (4-0 SU, 3-1 ATS) are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against Big Ten opponents heading into this matchup against the Michigan State Spartans (3-1, 2-2). The Crimson Tide will look to remain undefeated this season with a victory as an Alabama vs Michigan State prediction Thursday night in Portland.

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Alabama vs Michigan State Opening Odds 

The Crimson Tide opened as 1-point favorites in this matchup before receiving enough betting action to drive the Alabama vs Michigan State odds up to Alabama -4. The total in this neutral-site game has settled in at 145 points after opening at 144 points. The UNDER is 5-1 in Michigan State’s last six games against SEC teams.

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Alabama Hoping To Continue Strong Start Against Tough Opponent

The Crimson Tide cruised to their biggest win of the season last Friday with a 104-62 victory at home over the Jacksonville State Gamecocks as 21.5-point favorites. Freshman forward Brandon Miller led the way on offense with 28 points while Nimari Burnett and Mark Sears added 18 points each. Miller leads the team in both points (20.3) and rebounds (9.3) per game through Alabama’s first four contests.

Alabama ended last season on an 0-4 SU losing streak, and after opening the season with a 6-2 ATS record the Crimson Tide went just 5-20 ATS over their last 25 games. This year’s squad hopes to pass this early test against Michigan State and to carry the momentum of this hot start into more sustained success in 2022-23.

Michigan State Has Been A Good Underdog Play Of Late

The Spartans let a 10-point first-half lead over the Villanova Wildcats slip away in the second half, but they eventually did hold on for a 73-71 win as 6.5-point favorites. Michigan State improved to 3-1 SU on the season with the win while falling to 2-2 ATS after failing to cover the spread. Tyson Walker led the Spartans in scoring against Villanova with 22 points.

Michigan State’s only loss of the season came by only one point in a competitive 64-63 loss to the Gonzaga Bulldogs as a 12-point underdog. The Spartans followed up that loss with an 86-77 win over the Kentucky Wildcats as 7-point underdogs. In their last six games as an underdog, including four games from last season, the Spartans are 3-3 SU and 5-1 ATS.

Alabama: Keys to Win

Alabama has passed the eye test early this season with an average margin of victory of 27.3 points per game. As long as the Crimson Tide can continue to play at a high level on both ends of the court against a more quality opponent, they should be able to score a win and cover as an Alabama vs Michigan prediction.

Michigan State: Keys to Win

While Alabama has been feasting on easy opponents early this year, Michigan State is already battle-tested with high-profile games against Gonzaga, Kentucky and Villanova. This senior-heavy group knows how to play in big games and can use that experience to grind out a cover or an upset win as an Alabama vs Michigan pick in Portland.

College Basketball Computer Pick: Alabama -4

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Shark Bites
  • Alabama is 6-1 SU in its last 7 November games.
  • Michigan is 5-1 ATS over its last 6 games.
  • The OVER is 7-1 in Michigan State’s last 8 games.

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