Michigan St. vs. Rutgers Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Michigan State is the heavy favorite on the road, as the Spartans are getting odds of -14 points against Rutgers. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 133.5 points. Tonight’s game takes place from Louis Brown Athletic Center in Piscataway, New Jersey and will air live on the Big Ten Network.
Michigan State has won six straight games to improve to 7-1 on the season. The Spartans are 1-0 in the Big Ten following an 86-57 win over Nebraska this past weekend. The Spartans are 6-2 against the spread, covering in five straight. MSU is averaging 81.5 points per game on offense while giving up 62.2 on defense. Miles Bridges is averaging 14.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game this season while Cassius Winston is adding 13.3 points and 7.4 assists per contest.
Rutgers is coming off an 89-67 loss at Minnesota for its second straight loss. The Scarlet Knights are now 6-2 on the season and 2-2 against the spread. Rutgers averages just 69.9 points per game on offense while allowing 58.9 on defense. Rutgers is being led by Corey Sanders, who is averaging 12.6 points and 3.9 assists per game while Deshawn Freeman is adding 11.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per contest.
Michigan State has won and covered in four straight meetings with Rutgers. All of the wins have been by at least 20 points. Michigan State is playing at a very high level right now and coach Tom Izzo isn’t letting his Spartans play down to their competition. The Spartans have won their last six games by at least 18 points. While going on the road can be tough, Rutgers doesn’t have the offensive weapons to compete here. The public betting is going with the Spartans and I agree here. Take MSU minus the points.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: MICHIGAN STATE -14