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Alabama vs. Kentucky Game Betting Odds, Picks – January 12, 2021

NCAA Basketball: Alabama Crimson Tide at Kentucky Wildcats betting odds and picks

To be exact Kentucky is a March Madness betting blue blood. No team has a bigger name brand than the Wildcats.  All of which makes their poor start an attention grabber.  In turn, it has been a bankroll buster for countless gamblers.  When squares see Kentucky’s name on the board, they bet first and ask questions later.  Such name-brand status can often put the Wildcats into overlay status.  Counter to that is an Alabama team that’s been a surprising value.  Metrics wise the Crimson Tide aren’t the greatest team.  But a strong offense is quickly climbing the national charts.

Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Kentucky Wildcats Betting Information

Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Time: 9:00 p.m. ET
Location: Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky
TV Coverage: ESPN

Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Kentucky Wildcats Betting Odds

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Alabama +1½ (-110) 146½ (-110)
Kentucky -1½ (-110) 146½ (-110)
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Alabama Crimson Tide at Kentucky Wildcats CashBet Wagering Analysis

In this situation, Kentucky’s name on the Bitcoin sportsbook will draw a strong handle.  Sharps will look hard at vastly improved Alabama.  Late on the Wildcats have shown signs of life.  The question is if it can be sustained.  Coach Nate Oats arrived with an aggressive attitude at Alabama.  The program’s potential that he saw is being fulfilled.

Crimson Tide Feels Their Oats

Late on Alabama has is red hot as a new 2021 March Madness betting contender.  The Tide has paid in five in a row.  Alabama is 9-3 straight up, 7-4-1 against the spread, and 6-6 on totals.  Nationally the Crimson Tide ranks 67th for scoring and 211th for defense.  Of great concern, Alabama ranks in the bottom third in the nation for major shooting categories.  Jaden Shackelford leads with 13.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.  While Herbert Jones has 12.9 points and 6.5 rebounds per contest.   Coach Nate Oats is moving the needle in his second season.

Kentucky Struggling to Get out of Ditch

Following a 1-6 start Kentucky has begun to click.  The Wildcats have won three consecutive bet on NCAA basketball matchups. With just one ATS loss in their last four games.  As a result, they’ve improved to 4-6 straight up, 4-5-1 on the board, and 2-8 to the under.  Kentucky ranks an abysmal 254th for scoring offense and 108th for points allowed.  Further, the Wildcats rank 245th for 3-point field goal percentage.  And 257th for 3-point field goal percentage.  U of K ranks 200th in the country for field goal percentage. Coach John Calipari has much work to do.

Thus far Kentucky lacks a bona fide go-to man.  Brandon Boston Jr. leads the Wildcats with 12.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.  Keion Brooks Jr. averages 12.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest.

Alabama Crimson Tide at Kentucky Wildcats Against the Spread

Overall Alabama is 26-16-1 against the spread.  On the road, they’re 10-4 on the board.  Against the SEC the Crimson Tide is 14-8 vs. the odds.

In sum, Alabama is 25-17-1 over the total.  On the road, the Tide is 7-6-1 to the over.  And in the SEC Alabama is 12-9-1 over the total.

Kentucky is 21-19-1 against the spread.  While at Rupp Arena the Wildcats are 9-13 vs. the odds.  And in SEC matchups the Cats are 13-8 on the board.

Overall Kentucky is 18-23 under the total.  At Rupp Arena, the Wildcats are 9-13 to the under.  And in SEC matchups Kentucky is 12-9 over the total.

Kentucky has paid in seven of their last 10 against the Crimson Tide.  While four of the last six between these teams went over.  At Rupp Arena, Alabama is 2-5 ATS.  Four of the last six in this series at Kentucky cleared the total.

Alabama Crimson Tide at Kentucky Wildcats CashBet Free Pick  

As was previously noted Kentucky is a weak home value in red ink.  Alabama has been an under the radar gem.  Gamblers must pay extra for Kentucky’s 2021 March Madness Betting reputation.  Sharps will refuse.

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