It could be fairly humorous if Alabama lastly did not make the ultimate 4 for the College Football Playoff this season, however did make the lads’s basketball Final Four.
And not solely does Alabama appear to be a crew that might make a Final Four in basketball, the Crimson Tide might win the entire thing.
Alabama has been a power recently. Purdue is No. 1 within the nation and deservedly so with its 19-1 report, however Alabama is the perfect crew proper now. The Crimson Tide is 17-2 and has been obliterating groups since a Dec. 17 loss to Gonzaga. They’ve received all eight video games since then by double digits. Seven of these wins got here in opposition to SEC opponents. Alabama has been nice to bettors too. The Crimson Tide has lined the unfold seven occasions in a row.
Mississippi State shouldn’t be a horrible crew (57th in KenPom’s rankings) nevertheless it’s an enormous 13.5-point underdog at BetMGM for Wednesday night time’s recreation at Alabama. And it is exhausting to provide you with a purpose to wager on Mississippi State.
Alabama is led by freshman Brandon Miller, a 6-9 freshman who’s a contender for nationwide participant of the 12 months and is a top-three choose in most NBA mock drafts. Alabama has greater than Miller although, with a deep crew that performs quick, forces quite a lot of misses on protection and can rise up quite a lot of 3-pointers. Perhaps the Crimson Tide’s reliance on 3s can be a problem in a one-and-done event if they’ve an off night time, however all of the substances are in place to win a championship.
Alabama is +1000 at BetMGM to win all of it this season, the third-best odds within the sport. You would possibly need to be holding that ticket in March.
Alabama ahead Brandon Miller (24) has led an enormous surge for the Crimson Tide. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)
Here’s the primary take a look at the sports activities betting slate for Wednesday:
Top 25 school basketball motion
Seven top-25 groups are in motion on a busy Wednesday in school hoops.
There’s one recreation between two top-25 groups, as No. 19 UConn hosts No. 13 Xavier. UConn was the story of the early a part of the season however has cooled off recently. The Huskies are 6.5-point favorites, which appears somewhat excessive. Xavier’s solely loss in its final 13 video games was a one-point loss final week at DePaul.
A ten-game night time within the NBA
It’s a busy night time within the NBA, as effectively. The Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers on ESPN would have been a implausible recreation if not for Kevin Durant’s knee harm. The Nets have not been the identical with out Durant, and the 76ers are 5.5-point favorites.
We might get a reasonably enjoyable matchup between the 2 gamers who’ve mixed for the final 4 MVP awards in Milwaukee, as Nikola Jokic’s Denver Nuggets tackle Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. But Jokic has been battling a hamstring harm, Denver performed at New Orleans on Tuesday night time and Jokic (together with Jamal Murray might sit). The Bucks are 7.5-point favorites, and regulate the harm report as tipoff approaches.
Best of the remainder
The Farmers Insurance Open begins on Wednesday with a superb area for the PGA Tour occasion at Torrey Pines. Jon Rahm is the clear favourite at +450, with Xander Schauffele second at +1100.
There are 5 video games within the NHL with the highest recreation being the New York Rangers on the Toronto Maple Leafs, with the Leafs as a +165 favourite.
What’s the perfect wager?
It’s not the sexiest matchup, however I’ll go along with the Oklahoma City Thunder as a 1.5-point underdog at residence in opposition to the Atlanta Hawks. The Thunder is 8-0-1 in opposition to the unfold of their final 9 video games and is coming alongside lots quicker than anticipated this season.