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Rutgers vs Michigan State Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 19th Betting Odds
Scarlet Knights vs Spartans Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Michigan State Spartans
- Where: East Lansing at Breslin Center
- Date: Thursday, January 19th
- Betting Odds: Rutgers +2.5, RUTGER +122 | MST -148 O/U 125.5
Scarlet Knights Preview:
Rutgers will take the floor against the Spartans with an overall record of 13-5. So far, the Scarlet Knights have played 5 games on the road, with a record of 2-3. For the season, Rutgers has been the underdog in 4 games, sitting with a mark of 2-2. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Scarlet Knights being +2.5 point underdogs.
Rutgers will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Cam Spencer who is averaging 13.89 points per game for the Scarlet Knights. Spencer is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Scarlet Knights’ offensive game plan is the play of Clifford Omoruyi who has hit 48.7% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.22 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Rutgers this season, as they are currently ranked 302nd in college basketball at 67.9 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Scarlet Knights’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.6%, placing them 278th in the NCAA.
Coming into today’s matchup, the Michigan State Spartans are in the middle of a 2 game losing streak and have an overall record of 12-6. So far this season, Michigan State has played 12 games at home, sitting with a record of 9-3. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Spartans as the -2.5 point favorites. The Spartans have been favored 12 times, going 10-2 straight up.
Michigan State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Tyson Walker who is averaging 14.59 points per game for the Spartans. Walker is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Spartans’ offensive game plan is the play of Joey Hauser who has hit 46.2% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.12 points per game.
Michigan State comes into their matchup vs Rutgers 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: Michigan State Spartans -2.5
Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Michigan State Spartans to pick up the win and cover the spread as -2.5 point betting favorites. Although Michigan State as a team is just 111th in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Scarlet Knights’ defense. In addition, the Spartans have made bettors money who have taken them to cover at home, as they are 6-4 (last 10). At -2.5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Spartans to come out on top and cover.
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