Alabama vs. Memphis Prediction

Alabama vs. Memphis, 12/14/2021 CBB Betting Predictions

No. 6 Alabama travels to Memphis, TN on Tuesday night for a non-conference matchup with the Tigers at 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN. Will the Crimson Tide cover as 5-point road favorites or is there a better bet on the board?

Game Snapshot

633 Alabama Crimson Tide (-5) at 634 Memphis Tigers (+5); o/u 155

9:00 p.m. ET, FedExForum, Memphis, TN

TV: ESPN

Alabama Crimson Tide DFS Snapshot

Jaden Shackelford posted 28 points (10-16 FG, 6-8 3Pt, 2-3 FT), nine rebounds and two assists across 38 minutes during Saturday's 91-82 win over Gonzaga. Shackelford tied a career high during the Tide's upset victory over the Zags, as the guard dominated across all aspects of the floor while also nearly finishing with a double-double with nine rebounds. The junior is currently off to a fabulous start to the season averaging 19.3 points and 6.8 rebounds across the first eight matchups this year.

Memphis Tigers DFS Snapshot

According to Seth Davis of The Athletic, it was Emoni Bates who asked coach Penny Hardaway to be removed from the starting lineup prior to Saturday's game against Mississippi. Things have gone from bad to worse for a Memphis team once thought to have Final Four potential, as the Tigers have now lost three games in a row. Per the report, tensions between the freshman and veterans in the locker room have grown high, and Bates' decision could have very well been made in an effort to smooth things over. According to Hardaway, "Everybody's trying to get to the NBA off the ranking we had, but nobody is willing to sacrifice minutes, touches, anything. It's been miserable." As for Bates, he was a late reclassification to the class of 2021 and entered with a ton of hype as a five-star prospect ranked in the top-5 by most recruiting outlets. The production hasn't necessarily followed, however. Bates was just 1-for-10 from the field in Saturday's loss, and is averaging twice as many turnovers (2.6) as he does assists (1.3) this season. There have also been struggles on the defensive end. Hardaway has plenty of time to get it figured out, and having too much talent is ultimately a good problem to have, but both the five-star talent and top-rated transfers will have to make sacrifices for the good of the team, and that's far from a sure thing at this point.

College Basketball Betting Prediction

The Crimson Tide are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games following an ATS loss and are 5-2 against the number in their last seven games when facing an opponent with a winning record. The Tigers, meanwhile, have dropped four straight games against the spread overall.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL BETTING PREDICTION: ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE -5

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