Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Kentucky Wildcats Betting Prediction 01/11/20

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The Alabama Crimson Tide (8-6, 1-1 SEC) will be at Rupp Arena to go head-to-head with the 14th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats (11-3, 2-0 SEC) in a SEC matchup. The game will air on ESPN at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 11, 2020.

Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Kentucky Wildcats ATS Odds

Both teams were triumphant in their last game. The Wildcats defeated the Georgia Bulldogs 78-69, while the Crimson Tide dismantled the Mississippi State Bulldogs 90-69.

Alabama dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.421 (above their season average of 0.236) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.579 (above their season average of 0.528). For those same stats, Mississippi State was 0.188 and 0.406, respectively. Kentucky, meanwhile, played a nearly flawless game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 30.8 (below their season average of 31.2) and a turnover percentage of 14.5 (better than their season average of 15.9). For those same stats, Georgia was 21.6 and 17.3, respectively. Kentucky’s Tyrese Maxey had a good game, finishing with 17 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Meanwhile, Alabama was lifted by John Petty Jr., who recorded 18 points and six rebounds.

This series was highly contested last year, as the teams split their two games last season. In the last matchup, the Wildcats won 73-55. Kentucky’s 0.534 effective field goal percentage was its largest advantage over Alabama, who had a mark of 0.357. This is the first time these teams will battle this year.

The productive offense of Kentucky (77th in the nation with an offensive efficiency of 108.3) will clash against the mid-tier defense of Alabama (216th in the nation with a defensive efficiency of 100.1). The Wildcats should have the advantage on that side of the ball.

Alabama at Kentucky ATS Pick

Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Kentucky, ATS Winner – Alabama, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • Alabama ranks eighth in three pointers attempted per game (30.0) while Kentucky ranks 267th (15.6).
  • The Wildcats rank 35th in blocks per game (4.7) while the Crimson Tide rank 132nd in blocks allowed per game (4.0).
  • Kentucky ranks 47th in assists allowed per game (10.8) while Alabama ranks 99th (12.1).
  • The Wildcats rank 24th in rebounds allowed per game (30.9) while the Crimson Tide rank 229th (38.9).
  • Kentucky ranks 15th in steals allowed per game (4.9) while Alabama ranks 195th (8.8).

Bettings Trends:

  • During their last five games, the Wildcats have scored an average of 71.6 points per game (3.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 67.6 points per game (5.4 above their season average).
  • The Crimson Tide’s average margin of victory in their last five games has been 13.0, up from 5.4 for the season.