Michigan St. vs. Oakland Pick
Will No. 2 Michigan State keep rolling and pick up a lopsided win over in-state foe, Oakland, when the two meet at 2PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Michigan State is favored in this game, as the Spartans are getting odds of -17 points against Oakland. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 150 points. Today’s game takes place from Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan and will air live on ESPNU.
Michigan State is on an 8-game win streak right now to sit at 9-1 on the season. The Spartans have been off for a week and are 6-4 against the spread. MSU has failed to cover in its last two contests. Michigan State is averaging 80.2 points per game this year while giving up only 61.3 per contest. Miles Bridges is leading MSU with 15.6 points and 6.9 rebounds per game while Cassius Winston is adding 12.7 points and 6.7 assists per game.
Oakland is coming off an 82-50 win over Chicago State last weekend to improve to 6-4 on the season. The Golden Grizzlies have won four of their last five games, but they are just 2-5 against the spread this season. Oakland is averaging 79.4 points per game on offense while allowing 79.3 per game on defense. Kendrick Nunn and Martez Walker are both averaging 21 points per game to lead Oakland, but Nunn will be unavailable for the Grizzlies today due to an ankle injury.
Michigan State has dominated this series, winning more than 10 straight meetings with Oakland. The Grizzlies have managed to cover the spread in two of the last four encounters. Oakland has some talent, but relies on three players for the majority of its offense. One of those three players is out today. That will be a problem against an MSU defense that has been playing very well this season. The Spartans also have balance on their offensive attack, which makes it tough for Oakland to compete with. The public betting is strongly with the Spartans today and I agree.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: MICHIGAN STATE -17