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Northwestern vs Michigan State Pick & Preview: Sunday, December 4th Betting Odds

Wildcats vs Spartans Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Northwestern Wildcats at Michigan State Spartans
  • Where: East Lansing at Breslin Center
  • Date: Sunday, December 4th
  • Betting Odds: Northwestern +6.5, NW +238 | MST -303 O/U 126.5

Wildcats Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Michigan State, the Northwestern Wildcats will be taking the floor for the 8th time this season and have an overall record of 5-2. So far, the Wildcats have played 1 game on the road, with a record of 1-0. For the season, Northwestern has been the underdog in 1 game, sitting with a mark of 0-1. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Wildcats being +6.5 point underdogs.

Northwestern’s leading scorer this season is Boo Buie who is averaging 12.86 points per contest. So far, Buie has accounted for 20.04% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.0 rebounds per game and 4.43 assists. Chase Audige is the second leading scorer for the Wildcats, averaging 12.43 points per game. Between him and Audige, they are accounting for 39.4% of the team’s scoring.

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On offense, Northwestern is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.0 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 7 games, they have only hit 34.7% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 38.69% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Spartans Preview:

Through 8 games, the Michigan State Spartans have an overall record of 5-3. Currently, the Spartans have been the home team 5 times, sitting with a record of 4-1. The Spartans’ are sitting with a betting line that is -6.5 points in their favor. For the season, Michigan State has been favored to win in 5 games, sitting with a mark of 4-1.

Michigan State’s leading scorer this season is Tyson Walker who is averaging 14.71 points per contest. So far, Walker has accounted for 20.81% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.43 rebounds per game and 3.71 assists. Joey Hauser is the second leading scorer for the Spartans, averaging 13.0 points per game. Between him and Hauser, they are accounting for 39.2% of the team’s scoring.

Michigan State comes into their matchup vs Northwestern looking to improve their offensive numbers, as they are just 168th in college basketball at 72.1 points per game. One bright spot for them has been their ability to knock down 3-point shots, as they have connected at a rate of 37.8%. So far, 33.37% of the Spartans’ shots have been from beyond the arc. When looking at the team’s pace of play, they are currently a below average unit at 66.4 possessions per game.

Free Spread Prediction: Northwestern Wildcats +6.5

In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a road underdog. Coming into the game, the Michigan State Spartans are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -6.5. However, we anticipate Northwestern putting up a strong fight and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Spartans as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Wildcats to cover.


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