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Mississippi State vs Alabama Basketball Picks 1-13-24

Alabama Crimson Tide (10-5) vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs (12-3)
January 13, 2024 8:30 pm EDT
The Line: Mississippi State Bulldogs -2.5; Over/Under: 155.5
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The Alabama Crimson Tide will play the Mississippi State Bulldogs in a SEC game on Saturday night at Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, Mississippi. Alabama has won four games in a row, while Mississippi State has won six of their last seven. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Alabama vs Mississippi State prediction.

Alabama Preview

The Alabama Crimson Tide are 10-5 (2-0) this year after they defeated South Carolina by a score of 74-47 in their last game. Alabama led 30-29 at halftime and they were able to hold South Carolina to only 18 points in the second half for the blowout win. The Crimson Tide shot 48.1% from the field and made 15 three pointers in the game. Alabama has also defeated Vanderbilt, Liberty, and Eastern Kentucky during this winning streak. The Crimson Tide are scoring 90.6 points per game with 40 rebounds per game and 16.2 assists per game, while giving up 73.9 points against per game this year. Mark Sears is averaging 20.2 points per game, 4.4 rebounds per game, and 3.7 assists per game. Alabama is shooting 49.2% from the field, 77.2% on free throws, and 39.5% on three pointers this season. 

Mississippi State Preview

The Mississippi State Bulldogs are 12-3 (1-1) this year after they defeated Tennessee by a score of 77-72 in their last game. Mississippi State led 35-22 at the half and was able to hang on for the win, despite allowing 50 points in the second half. The Bulldogs shot 50% from the field and made 19 free throws in the game. Mississippi State lost to South Carolina by a score of 68-62 in the game prior to Tennessee, but did win the previous five games. The Bulldogs are scoring 75.3 points per game with 38.9 rebounds per game and 15 assists per game, while giving up 63.7 points against per game this season. Tolu Smith is averaging 17.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks per game. Mississippi State is shooting 45.4% from the field, 72.3% on free throws, and 31.5% on three pointers this year. 

Alabama vs Mississippi State Betting Prediction

Mississippi State was able to bounce back from a poor performance against South Carolina with a great home win against Tennessee in their last game, but will face a very high scoring Alabama team here. The Crimson Tide are scoring 90.6 points per game this season, but they do allow almost 74 points against per game on defense. Mississippi State is one of the better defensive teams in the country, as they are allowing 63.7 points against per game. I am interested to see if the Bulldogs can slow down Alabama, but I think they are going to struggle to keep up. Take the Crimson Tide here. 

David Racey's Free Pick: Alabama +2.5

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David Racey

David started writing about sports in 2015, but sports has been his passion for as long as he can remember. David spends most of his free time watching pretty much anything sports related from Baseball to Tennis and everything in between. David likes to analyze statistics and recent results to form an unbiased opinion on whatever game he is breaking down. Follow David on Twitter at @itsyerboi41

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