Illinois vs. Michigan State Prediction
Big Ten rivals clash at the Breslin Center when No. 19 Michigan State hosts No. 12 Illinois at 12:00 p.m. ET on Saturday. The underdog and home team have had plenty of ATS success in this matchup but will that be the case today?
613 Illinois Fighting Illini (-1.5) at 614 Michigan State Spartans (+1.5); o/u 138.5
12:00 p.m. ET, Breslin Center, East Lansing, MI
Illinois Fighting Illini DFS Snapshot
Kofi Cockburn posted 19 points (8-11 FG, 3-6 FT), 15 rebounds, one assist and one steal over 28 minutes during Sunday's 73-66 victory over Northwestern. Cockburn had been held under 10 rebounds in each of his last two appearances, but he returned to form against the Wildcats while also shooting 72.7 percent from the floor in the win. The junior has been among the most productive players in the nation this year, as he's averaging 21.5 points and 11.4 rebounds in 29.7 minutes per game.
Michigan State Spartans DFS Snapshot
Malik Hall notched 18 points (4-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 8-8 FT), six rebounds, one assist and one block over 25 minutes during Saturday's 76-61 victory over Indiana. Although Hall came off the bench during Saturday's matchup, he led the Spartans on the scoreboard while finishing second on the team in rebounds. The junior has had relatively consistent playing time while serving mainly in a depth role this year, and he now has double-digit scoring totals in four of the last five games. Across those appearances, he's averaged 13.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in 24.2 minutes per game.
College Basketball Betting Prediction
The underdog is 4-1 against the spread in the last five meetings between these two teams, while the home side has cashed in five of the last six meetings. The Fighting Illini are just 1-5 against the spread in their last six road games, are 2-7 against the number in their last nine games overall and are 1-5 at the betting window in their last six games following a loss. On the other side, the Spartans are 5-1 against the spread in their last six games following a loss and are 15-6 against the number in their last 21 games as a home dog.
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